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On Friday 27 February at 12.30pm, the RAI welcomes historian Luke Nichter (Texas A&M) to discuss his two volumes of President Nixon’s tape transcripts, co-edited with Douglas Brinkley. Richard Nixon’s elaborate taping system captured 3,700 hours of conversation in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and Camp David between 1971 and 1973. The tapes contributed to Nixon’s downfall, and no president has recorded since. Most recordings have been released by the National Archives over the past decade, but fewer than five per cent have been transcribed and published until now.
On Wednesday 25 February at 5pm, the RAI welcomes distinguished journalist and commentator Peter Beinart to discuss ‘Why Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu Can’t Get Along’. The talk will be followed by a wine reception, and all are welcome. Peter Beinart is senior political writer at The Daily Beast and a columnist at Haaretz, having served as editor of The New Republic from 1999 to 2006.
The American History Research Seminar on Tuesday 24 February - Dawn-Marie Gibson (Royal Holloway) ‘Making Original Men: Louis Farrakhan and the Men who Follow Him’ has been cancelled.
The seminar returns at 3.30pm on Monday 2 March with a talk form Jessica Gienow-Hecht (Freie Universität Berlin) on ‘Emotion, Gender, and Humanitarian Intervention: 1898 and After’.
6th Week Events (23-27 February)
RAI Visiting Fellows pursue their research on diverse aspects of American history, politics and culture in the Vere Harmsworth Library’s outstanding collections of American materials and elsewhere at Oxford University, write books and articles, and engage in the Institute’s dynamic community of scholarship.
The Institute offers the following categories of visiting fellowship:
• Senior Visiting Research Fellowship (SVRF) tenable for one academic year
The RAI welcomes Christopher P. ‘Kip’ Hall to deliver the latest in its series of ‘American Business: Past, Present and Future’ lectures on Thursday 19 February at 5pm. Senior Counsel at DLA Piper in New York, where he is one of the US’s foremost financial services lawyers, Kip Hall will speak on ‘Combatting Fraud in the US Capital Markets’. His talk will be followed by a drinks reception: all are welcome.
An audio recording of Professor Byron E. Shafer's recent inaugural lecture as 2014-15 John G. Winant Professor of American Government is now available. Professor Shafer spoke on 'Party Balance, Partisan Polarization, and Policy Conflict: The Evolution of American Politics, 1932-2014'. The lecture was followed by an open question and answer session. Separate audio recordings of lecture and questions can be found on the RAI's podcasts page.
On Thursday 12 February, the RAI hosts ‘Reconfiguring the Age of Emancipation’, a special symposium inspired by the publication of David Brion Davis’s The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation (2014), which brings to a conclusion a distinct period in the study of the politics of race and nation in America. Professor Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard and Oxford), Professor Peter Onuf (Virginia), Dr Nick Guyatt (Cambridge) and Dr Peter Thompson (Oxford) will be among the speakers presenting cutting-edge research on black nationalism and colonization in a format mediated by other international experts in the field.
The RAI welcomes Paul Maslin, one of America’s leading observers of public opinion and campaign strategists, to deliver the first of this term’s Winant Seminars in American Government and Politics at 5pm on Wednesday 4 February. All are welcome. Mr Maslin, who has advised six presidential candidates, a dozen US Senators, and scores of governors, mayors and members of Congress, will speak on ‘Race and Insurgency: A Pollster’s Perspective on the Clinton-Obama Era’.
Richard Carwardine will tonight speak on ‘Abraham Lincoln’s Legacy’ at Oxford’s Slager Jewish Student Centre. Professor Carwardine, FBA FRHistS FLSW is President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford and was formerly Rhodes Professor of American History at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. Before this he was Professor of American History at the University of Sheffield.