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The lifeblood of American democracy, elections offer insight into the character and historical evolution of American politics. America at the Ballot Box, a new book co-edited by Gareth Davies, University Lecturer in American History at St Anne’s College, and Julian Zelizer, Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University, uses the history of presidential elections to highlight American political democracy and its development over the centuries.
RAI Director Jay Sexton and John G. Winant Professor of American Government, Lisa Miller, met U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun during his visit to Oxford this week. Ambassador Barzun returned to Oxford following his visit to the RAI in March 2014 to speak to an audience of local school students during the RAI's annual Congress to Campus event.
The RAI today welcomed A-level students and teachers from The Cooper School in Bicester, who made their annual visit to the Vere Harmsworth Library to explore its collections on Civil Rights. The students are working on projects considering how presidential leadership influenced the Civil Rights movement.
We are pleased to announce that our highly successful interdisciplinary summer school will be returning in June 2016. Next year’s theme is "Action Figures: Political Plots and Promises, Cultural Hopes and Horrors across the American Century, 1916-2016". It will focus on the real and imagined nature of American subjectivity and citizenship. Questions will be raised about the successes and failures of American democratic promises, their cultural compromises and ambivalence as realised in political, cultural, literary and artistic terms.
In 2015, the RAI launched a new partnership with the American Antiquarian Society, in Worcester, Massachusetts. Tom Cutterham, a scholar of early American history at the RAI and Sir Christopher Cox Junior Fellow at New College, was the beneficiary of a week-long fellowship at the AAS. He reflects on his time at the AAS below:
RAI invites applications for Rivington and Joan Winant Postdoctoral Research Fellow in US Foreign Policy
Nuffield College, Oxford and the Rothermere American Institute invite applications for the Rivington and Joan Winant Postdoctoral Research Fellow in US Foreign Policy. The appointment will be for three years, with effect from 1 September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. The research area of the post is twentieth-century and/or contemporary US foreign policy from a historical (since 1898), political science, or international relations perspective (the three approaches not being mutually exclusive).
On Friday 21st August, the RAI will once again open the Princess Margaret Memorial Garden to the public between 11am and 4pm. The date marks the 85th anniversary of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret’s birth.
The Princess Margaret Memorial Garden was opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 5th May 2006. Created by the acclaimed garden designer Anoushka Hempel, it features ponds and displays of lavender in a tranquil setting between the Rothermere American Institute and Mansfield College.
After seven years, writes RAI Director Nigel Bowles, I have decided to step down as Director of the RAI and to retire from the University. By the time that I return from annual leave in early August, Professor Jay Sexton will have become Acting Director of the RAI, whilst Professor Michèle Mendelssohn will be the Acting Deputy Director. In their hands, the Institute will go from strength to strength.