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RAI invites 2015-16 Graduate Scholarship applications

RAI logoThe 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.

RAI invites applications for Rivington and Joan Winant Postdoctoral Research Fellow in US Foreign Policy

FlagNuffield 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 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. The area of the post is intended to include (but is not limited to) analytical and historical approaches to twentieth-century US Foreign Policy.

RAI invites applications for 2015-16 Visiting Fellowships

RAI logoRAI 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:

• Senior Visiting Research Fellowship (SVRF) tenable for one academic year

'Montana Improvement Company' thesis wins Peter Parish Dissertation Prize 2014

Montana flagThe 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.

Combatting Fraud in the US Capital Markets: podcast now available

Kip HallA 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.

Tessa Roynon delivers Toni Morrison Society lecture

Tessa RoynonDr 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).

Congress to Campus: Thursday 5 March 2015

CongressThe 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.

The Nixon Tapes: Friday 27 February, 12.30pm

Nixon tapesOn 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.

Peter Beinart: 'Why Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu Can’t Get Along', 25 February, 5pm

Peter BeinartOn 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.

American History Research Seminar: cancellation

RAIThe 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’.

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