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In May 2015, three RAI doctoral history students, Kathryn Olivarius, Skye Montgomery, and Jane Dinwoodie, travelled to the University of Notre Dame with Pekka Hämäläinen, Rhodes Professor of American History, for the second RAI-Notre Dame exchange visit. The students gave papers to a two-day graduate workshop of American historians. Jane and Kathryn reflect on their trip below.
At the end of last month, writes RAI Supernumerary Research and Teaching Fellow Tessa Roynon, thanks to generous funding from the RAI and the English Faculty, I spent three glorious days in the Rare Books Room at the Library of Congress, Washington DC. My task was to consult selected works from the personal collection of the American novelist Ralph Ellison – not books that he had written, but books that he owned, read, and annotated. The Library houses some 2,500 volumes that Ellison owned in a dedicated ‘Ralph Ellison Reading Room’; he is one of only four authors to enjoy this privilege in the entire institution.
Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Professor of American History at the University of Virginia and Vice President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, will give the 2015 Sir John Elliott Lecture in Atlantic History at the RAI on Tuesday 26 May at 4pm on ‘The British Empire and the Outbreak of the American Revolution’. All are welcome.
The annual Sir John Elliott Lecture in Atlantic History was launched at the RAI in May 2013 to honour Sir John’s extraordinary contribution to the history of the Atlantic, the Americas and Europe.
5th Week Events (25-29 May)
The Chancellor of Oxford University, Lord Patten of Barnes, CH, will deliver the RAI’s inaugural Ambassador John J. Louis Jr. Lecture in Anglo-American Relations at 5pm on Thursday 21 May. All are welcome. The lecture has generously been made possible by the Louis Foundation, in honour of John J. Louis Jr., United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s during the presidency of Ronald Reagan between 1981 and 1983.
Live theatre returns to the RAI on the evening of Friday 3 July with an eagerly anticipated performance from Elisabeth Gray and Jack Harris, whose I'm Nobody, Who are You? played to an enthralled audience in the Institute’s Princess Margaret Memorial Garden last summer.
We are now accepting applications for our travel awards for 2015, for students and academic colleagues. The deadline for submission of applications for both student and academic travel awards is 12 noon on Friday 12th June.
On Tuesday 5 May at 5pm, the distinguished American novelist Jennifer Egan will give the 2015 Esmond Harmsworth Lecture in American Arts and Letters, on ‘Experimental Fiction: Confessions of a Reluctant Practitioner’. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. All are welcome.
The Institute's programme of lectures, seminars, and special events for Trinity Term is now available to view and download from our website at www.rai.ox.ac.uk/termcard.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Institute this term!
The Rothermere American Institute invites applications from current graduate members of Oxford University for election to:
One-year graduate scholarships, each to the value of £12,000 per annum, for fourth-year graduate students working in the fields of American History, American Politics & International Relations, and American Literature. The awarding committee may award up to one studentship in American History, American Politics & International Relations, and one in American Literature.