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Paper on 'The Modern American University: Observations from the Field' now available

RAI Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Dr Robert Scott, presented his observations on the modern American university at the American Higher Education symposium earlier this term. A version of his paper is printed in the fifth week issue (no. 365) of the Oxford Magazine, and can be accessed here.

Message from U.S. Embassy on Global Entry, November 2015

FlagIf you travel regularly to the United States and would like to speed through airport immigration controls upon arrival, the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a special opportunity for U.S. citizens in the United Kingdom to enroll in Global Entry. Global Entry is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection travel facilitation program that expedites clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival at a U.S. airport. Members of the program can enter the United States through separate lanes and kiosks at international airports.

Man Booker Prize-winning Caribbean-American novelist Marlon James speaks in Oxford

Marlon JamesThe acclaimed Caribbean-American novelist Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his third novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, will give a reading at the Gulbenkian Theatre, English Faculty, at 6.30pm on Wednesday 25 November. The event follows the RAI’s Interdisciplinary Conversation the previous day (Tuesday 24 November, 4pm), focusing on On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

What's on this Week

7th Week Events (23-27 November)


Isolationism as an Urban Legend: The 2015 Harmsworth Lecture, 17 November

Kristin HogansonKristin Hoganson, Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History 2015-16 and Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will deliver the 2015 Harmsworth Lecture in American History, ‘Isolationism as an Urban Legend’, at 5pm on Tuesday 17 November in the Examination Schools.

Professor Hoganson’s research places the United States in world context, in cultures of U.S. imperialism, and women’s and gender history. She is the author of Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars (Yale UP, 1998) and Consumers’ Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865-1920 (UNC Press, 2007).

Julian Bond - Activist and Humanist: A Special Memorial Event, 12 November

Julian BondIn a talk in tribute to the eminent American Civil Rights leader, Julian Bond, who died earlier this year, Phyllis Leffler (University of Virginia) will discuss her latest book, Black Leaders on Leadership: Conversations with Julian Bond, at the RAI at 1pm on Thursday 12 November.

Julian Bond (1940-2015) was an American social activist, politician, professor, and writer. He helped to establish the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the early 1960s before being elected to four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and then six in the Georgia State Senate. He helped establish the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), serving as its first president 1971-79, and was chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 1998-2010.

Registration now open for the RAI Interdisciplinary Summer School

Registration is now open for this year's Interdisciplinary Summer School, which will take place from June 26 to July 3 2016.

RAI|Live with Benjamin Markovits: Thursday 5 November

MarkovitsThe RAI launches RAI|Live on Thursday 5 November – a new termly series which brings authors and audiences into conversation. It will explore contemporary American culture and ideas, broadly construed. This term’s RAI|Live features the acclaimed novelist Benjamin Markovits in a collaborative event with the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library.

RAI welcomes Tim Griffin, Lt-Gov of Arkansas

Tim GriffinThe RAI welcomes Tim Griffin, Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, for a special talk at 12.30pm on Thursday 5 November: ‘Congress, Constituents and the Constitution: Thoughts on the House Republican Majority, 2010-Present’. A sandwich lunch will be provided. Mr Griffin was elected Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas in November 2014. From 2011 to 2015, he represented Arkansas’s 2nd Congressional District, serving on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the House Committee on Ethics, and the House Committee on the Judiciary. During the presidency of George W. Bush, he was Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs.

World Series rivalry unites Oxford and Cambridge universities

The excitement of baseball’s World Series has merged with the centuries old rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge universities. Jay Sexton, the Director of Oxford’s Rothermere American Institute, is a Kansas native and diehard supporter of the Kansas City Royals; meanwhile, Gary Gerstle, the Mellon Professor of US History in Cambridge, lives and breathes New York Mets baseball. It was natural that a friendly wager be made. If the Royals win, Gerstle will wear a KC Royals hat when he is to speak at the RAI this January for the launch of his new book, Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present (Princeton University Press, 2015). In the unlikely event that the Mets prevail, Sexton will don a Mets cap during the event.

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