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The 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).
7th Week Events (23-27 November)
Kristin 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).
In 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 is now open for this year's Interdisciplinary Summer School, which will take place from June 26 to July 3 2016.
The 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.
The 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.
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.
A video recording of Robert Scott's keynote lecture 'American Higher Education: Observations from the Field' is now available here.
Professor Robert A. Scott is RAI Senior Visiting Research Fellow for Michaelmas Term 2015. He served as President and professor of anthropology and sociology at Adelphi University (NY) 2000-2015 and is is the only person to have held the three top positions in American higher education: head of a public institution, of a state coordinating board, and of a private university.
Recordings of other lectures and seminars at the RAI can be found on the Institute’s podcasts page.