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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:
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The RAI congratulates William Brown, Pembroke College, on his being awarded the the 2014 Peter Parish Dissertation Prize by BrANCH, the association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians.
A video recording of Christopher P. ‘Kip’ Hall’s recent talk at the RAI – ‘Combatting Fraud in the US Capital Markets’ – is now available here. Senior Counsel at DLA Piper in New York, where he is one of the United States’s foremost financial services lawyers, Kip Hall has been lead counsel in many high-profile trials and class actions. He has been named a New York City Super Lawyer since 2007, has been recognized by Chambers USA, and has been named among America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and in the Legal 500.
Dr Tessa Roynon, Supernumerary Research and Teaching Fellow at the RAI, has been selected by the Toni Morrison Society to deliver their second biannual lecture, scheduled for September 2016 at Oberlin College, Ohio. The subject of Tessa’s lecture will be ‘Toni Morrison and the Classics’ and will build on her 2013 monograph, Toni Morrison and the Classical Tradition: Transforming American Culture (OUP).
The RAI is honoured to welcome on Thursday 5 March former U.S. Representatives Dennis Hertel (D-Michigan, 1981-93) and Claudine Schneider (R-Rhode Island, 1981-91) to share their experiences as candidates and office holders with Oxford undergraduates and sixth-form students for the Institute’s annual Congress to Campus event.
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’.
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.