Termcard

Hilary Term 2016

Term Dates: Sunday 15 January to Saturday 11 March

Venue: Rothermere American Institute (unless otherwise indicated)

Daytime events are for Oxford academics, undergraduates, and graduate students unless otherwise indicated. Colleagues from other institutions and members of the public are welcome to attend RAI Special Seminars and Special Lectures, and Book Launches, which normally begin between 4pm and 6pm.

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1st Week

 

Monday

16 January

12:00-14:00

American History Graduate Seminar

Skills Session: How to Publish a Monograph

Tuesday

17 January

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Informal weekly coffee session for postgraduates, fellows, and RAI researchers.

Tuesday

17 January

16:00-17:30

American History Research Seminar

Daniel Robinson (Cambridge)

“Giving Law to Europe”: Geopolitics, Political Culture, and the Origins of the American Revolution

Wednesday

18 January

13:00-14:30

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Deborah Cameron (Faculty of English)

The Taming of the Shrill: Gender, Language and Power in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

 

The American Politics Graduate Seminar would like to welcome attendees to its weekly meetings, which feature presentations and discussions led by postgraduate, junior, and senior researchers whose work relates to U.S. politics. The seminar meets on Wednesdays from 1-2.30pm at the RAI; a sandwich lunch is provided. If you would like to get involved, please email the convenors, Rose de Geus and Nina Yancy, at politics.rai@gmail.com.

Wednesday

18 January

17:00-18:00

Intersectional Feminisms Reading Group

This group welcomes all those interested in reading and discussing writing, art, and music that centres on the experiences of American women of colour. It meets weekly to discuss pre-circulated materials. Please contact nina.yancy@univ.ox.ac.uk to join the listserv for readings. All welcome. This event has been supported by the RAI Academic Programme Fund.

Thursday

19 January

17:00-18:30

American Literature Research Seminar

Nicole King (Reading)

Pedagogies of Dissent:  Reading the Paradox of Racialization in Martha Southgate’s The Fall of Rome

 

The ALRS provides a friendly and engaged forum for invited speakers to present their research-in-progress in the form of a paper of approximately 40-45 minutes in length, after which there will be a question period and wine, then followed by a dinner hosted by the seminar's co-conveners. Free dinners are available for the first few graduate students to sign up each week; please do get in touch if you would like to join us. The seminar meets fortnightly on Thursdays from 5-7pm at the RAI. Please contact james.cetkovski@ell.ox.ac.uk and nanette.obrien@ell.ox.ac.uk to find out more about the seminar and to sign up to the email list or to dinner.

Friday

20 January

13:00-15:00

RAI Special Event

The Criminalization of American Politics, From Nixon to Now

Geoff Shepard

Author of ‘The Real Watergate Scandal: Collusion, Conspiracy and the Plot that Brought Nixon Down’

 

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

 

This event is open to members of the public.

Friday

20 January

16:00-18:00

RAI Special Event

U.S. Presidential Inauguration

As the United States inaugurates its 45th President, Donald Trump, join friends and colleagues at the RAI for an opportunity to watch live coverage of the ceremony in Washington D.C.

Winant Visiting Professor of American Government Sidney Milkis will provide comment and analysis.

 

This event is open to members of the public.

2nd Week

 

Monday

23 January

12:00-14:00

American History Graduate Seminar

Mitchell Robertson (University)

The Nixon Administration and federal anti-poverty policy: a review of the literature

Monday

23 January

17:00-18:00

RAI|Live

Eileen Myles

RAI Live brings authors and audiences in conversation. It features new and sometimes controversial topics that push at disciplinary boundaries.

This session welcomes the iconic poet, novelist, performer and art journalist Eileen Myles to read from her work, which includes 19 published books. Professor David Russell will chair a conversation with the audience. To be followed by a wine reception.

 

This event is open to members of the public.

Tuesday

24 January

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Informal weekly coffee session for postgraduates, fellows, and RAI researchers.

Wednesday

25 January

13:00-14:30

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Roundtable discussion: The Transition to a Trump Administration

With Sidney Milkis (Winant Visiting Professor of American Government)

Wednesday

25 January

16:00-17:30

American History Research Seminar

Kevin Waite (Durham)

The Continental Crisis of the Union: Southern Secession, Western Separatism

Wednesday

25 January

17:00-18:00

Intersectional Feminisms Reading Group

This group welcomes all those interested in reading and discussing writing, art, and music that centres on the experiences of American women of colour. It meets weekly to discuss pre-circulated materials. Please contact nina.yancy@univ.ox.ac.uk to join the listserv for readings. All welcome.

3rd Week

 

Monday

30 January

12:00-14:00

American History Graduate Seminar

Emma Day (Pembroke)

The Art of Activism: AIDS Crisis Theatre and Rights Activism in the United States, 1980-2016

Tuesday

31 January

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Informal weekly coffee session for postgraduates, fellows, and RAI researchers.

Wednesday

1 February

13:00-14:30

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Abhishek Parajuli (Nuffield)

How American Foreign Aid is Hurting Development: Experimental Evidence of the Negative Impacts of Aid

Wednesday

1 February

17:00-18:00

Intersectional Feminisms Reading Group

This group welcomes all those interested in reading and discussing writing, art, and music that centres on the experiences of American women of colour. It meets weekly to discuss pre-circulated materials. Please contact nina.yancy@univ.ox.ac.uk to join the listserv for readings. All welcome.

Thursday

2 February

17:00-18:30

RAI-Latin American Centre Joint Seminar

Lara Putnam (University of Pittsburgh)

Transnational Approaches to Post-emancipation Labor Regimes and their Consequences: From Venezuela to South Africa and Trinidad to Chicago, 1870-1940

 

Please note: this seminar has now been rescheduled for 2 March. It will be held at the Latin American Centre.

Thursday

2 February

17:00-18:30

American Literature Research Seminar

Peter Riley (University of Exeter)

“Wet Paper Between Us”: Whitman and the Transformations of Labour

4th Week

 

Monday

6 February

12:00-14:00

American History Graduate Seminar

Todd Carter (University)

‘The most vulnerable prize for the Soviets’: The Carter Administration and US-UK policy toward Rhodesia

Tuesday

7 February

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Informal weekly coffee session for postgraduates, fellows, and RAI researchers.

Tuesday

7 February

16:00-17:30

The United States and World War One

American History Research Seminar

Jennifer Keene (Chapman)

“Deeds Not Words”: American Social Justice Movements and World War One

 

This event is open to members of the public.

Wednesday

8 February

13:00-14:30

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Andrew Payne (Merton)

‘At the Water’s Edge’: Electoral Politics and America’s Vietnam War, 1963-73

Nicholas Blanchette (St Antony’s)

Global Reach – Global Power: Contemporary Airpower and the American Way of War

Wednesday

8 February

17:00-18:00

Intersectional Feminisms Reading Group

This group welcomes all those interested in reading and discussing writing, art, and music that centres on the experiences of American women of colour. It meets weekly to discuss pre-circulated materials. Please contact nina.yancy@univ.ox.ac.uk to join the listserv for readings. All welcome.

5th Week

 

Tuesday

14 February

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Informal weekly coffee session for postgraduates, fellows, and RAI researchers.

Wednesday

15 February

13:00-14:30

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Genevieve Quinn (St Cross)

From Brady to Manchin-Toomey: What drove partisan polarization on the gun control issue in the decades after the successful passage of the Brady Bill?

Wednesday

15 February

17:00-18:00

Intersectional Feminisms Reading Group

This group welcomes all those interested in reading and discussing writing, art, and music that centres on the experiences of American women of colour. It meets weekly to discuss pre-circulated materials. Please contact nina.yancy@univ.ox.ac.uk to join the listserv for readings. All welcome.

Wednesday

15 February

17:30-19:00

Women's March: what next?

Beth Garner (Activist and Organiser, Women’s March on London)

Dr Mara Keire (Faculty of History)

Chair: Fatou Wurie (OxWiP President)

The Women's March was the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history. A crowd of at least 500,000 people congregated in Washington, and some estimates put worldwide participation at 5 million. A panel convened by Oxford Women in Politics will consider implications and future possibilities.

Thursday

16 February

17:00-18:30

American Literature Research Seminar

Spencer Morrison (Alberta and RAI Visiting Fellow)

William Styron and the Birth of Foreign Aid

6th Week

 

Monday

20 February

12:00-14:00

American History Graduate Seminar

Katherine Lantz (Virginia)

Contested Futures: Ashinaabeg and American Societies in the Great Lakes, 1790-1840

Monday

20 February

14:00-15:30

Reflections on the Obamas series

Roundtable: The Politics of the U.S. First Lady from the Nineteenth Century to Michelle Obama

Sinead McEneaney (St Mary’s University)

Jay Kleinberg (Brunel University)

Elizabeth Clapp (University of Leicester)

Chaired by Imaobong Umoren (Oxford)

This event has been supported by the RAI Academic Programme Fund.

Please note that this event has been cancelled.

 

Tuesday

21 February

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Informal weekly coffee session for postgraduates, fellows, and RAI researchers.

Tuesday

21 February

16:00-17:30

American History Research Seminar

Laura Leibman (Reed College)

The Material of Race: How Emancipation Transformed Early American Jews

Wednesday

22 February

13:00-14:30

Special Event

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Jeffrey Weinberg (Washington Campus; Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President of the United States)

The Trump Presidency:  How is he using the legislative ‘tools’?

 

This event is open to members of the public.

Wednesday

22 February

14:30-16:00

Special event

Political Studies Association special: A Post-Mortem of the 2016 U.S. Election

 

100 days after the election of Donald Trump to the office of US President, this event brings together a range of experts to debate what happened last autumn. Reflecting on the immediate impact of the Trump victory, the speakers will also tackle more prospective questions such as: What is on the agenda? How like is he going to achieve his policy commitments? What challenges is he likely to face? The event will adopt the style of a TV debate and aims to be deliberately thought-provoking about the state of politics in general, and the American Presidency in particular.

 

This event is open to members of the public.

Wednesday

22 February

17:00-18:00

Intersectional Feminisms Reading Group

This group welcomes all those interested in reading and discussing writing, art, and music that centres on the experiences of American women of colour. It meets weekly to discuss pre-circulated materials. Please contact nina.yancy@univ.ox.ac.uk to join the listserv for readings. All welcome.

Thursday

23 February

17:00-18:30

Inaugural Lecture: The John G. Winant Visiting Professorship of American Government

Sidney M. Milkis (Virginia)

Joining the Revolution: Lyndon Johnson, the Modern Presidency and the Civil Rights Movement

 

To be followed by a wine reception.

 

This event is open to members of the public.

Friday

24 February

12:30-13:45

Special event

American Politics Graduate Seminar & OxWiP joint session

Patti Russo (Women’s Campaign School, Yale)

Increasing the number and influence of women in elected and appointed office in the United States and around the world

 

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

 

This event is open to members of the public.

7th Week

 

Monday

27 February

10:00-16:00

Harmsworth Symposium

‘The Sovereignty of Generations’: Thomas Jefferson, Paternalism and Cultural Transmission in Early America

Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard), Peter Onuf (Virginia), Alan Taylor (Virginia), Sarah Pearsall (Cambridge) and Peter Thompson (Oxford)

 

This event is open to members of the public.

Tuesday

28 February

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Informal weekly coffee session for postgraduates, fellows, and RAI researchers.

Tuesday

28 February

16:00-17:30

The United States and World War One

American History Research Seminar

David Lubin (Wake Forest)

‘O Say Can You See?’ Art, Propaganda and the First World War

 

This event is open to members of the public.

Wednesday

1 March

13:00-14:30

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Richard Johnson (Nuffield)

Vote Your Aspirations: African American Candidates’ Racial Appeals in Majority-White Elections

Wednesday

1 March

17:00-18:00

Intersectional Feminisms Reading Group

This group welcomes all those interested in reading and discussing writing, art, and music that centres on the experiences of American women of colour. It meets weekly to discuss pre-circulated materials. Please contact nina.yancy@univ.ox.ac.uk to join the listserv for readings. All welcome.

Thursday

2 March

17:00-18:30

American Literature Research Seminar

Christopher Nealon (Johns Hopkins)

Ut Pictura in The Dark

Thursday

2 March

17:00-18:30

RAI-Latin American Centre Joint Seminar

Lara Putnam (University of Pittsburgh)

Transnational Approaches to Post-emancipation Labor Regimes and their Consequences: From Venezuela to South Africa and Trinidad to Chicago, 1870-1940

 

Please note: this seminar will be held at the Latin American Centre. It has been rescheduled for this date, rather than 2 February as originally advertised.

8th Week

 

Monday

6 March

12:00-14:00

American History Graduate Seminar

Dominic Barker (Lady Margaret Hall)

Ronald Reagan and Race: a review of the literature

Monday

6 March

17:00-19:00

Special event

Marilynne Robinson’s Language: Religion, Secularity and the Human Experience

Convenors: Emily Holman and Lucy Clarke

 

This event has been supported by the RAI Academic Programme Fund.

 

This event is open to members of the public.

Tuesday

7 March

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Informal weekly coffee session for postgraduates, fellows, and RAI researchers.

Tuesday

7 March

16:00-17:30

American History Research Seminar

Benjamin Madley (UCLA)

An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873

Wednesday

8 March

13:00-14:30

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Isabel Perera (University of Pennsylvania)

Organizing Psychiatry: State, Labor, and the Politics of a Policy Transformation

Wednesday

8 March

17:00-18:00

Intersectional Feminisms Reading Group

This group welcomes all those interested in reading and discussing writing, art, and music that centres on the experiences of American women of colour. It meets weekly to discuss pre-circulated materials. Please contact nina.yancy@univ.ox.ac.uk to join the listserv for readings. All welcome.

Thursday

9 March

09:30-14:00

Congress to Campus

Two former Members of Congress visit the RAI to share their experiences with sixth-form students and Oxford undergraduates.

Thursday

9 March

16:00-17:30

RAI Special Seminar

What Political Scientists need to understand about Congress

Aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, Dr Nigel Bowles and Professor Philip Davies (Eccles Centre, British Library) discuss the practice of American government with the two former Members of Congress.

 

Open to politics undergraduates, postgraduates and faculty members.

Please book your place by registering at enquiries@rai.ox.ac.uk.

Thursday

9 March

18:00-19:30

RAI-Latin American Centre Joint Seminar

Neil Foley (Southern Methodist)

Anti-Immigration Politics, the Rise of Latinos, and the Crisis of National Identity in the United States: A Contemporary History

Weekly events

 

Tuesdays

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Join RAI Director Halbert Jones and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering.

Thursdays

10:00-11:00

Paper 205: The Government and Politics of the United States

Paul Martin

Please note that this lecture series is open to enrolled students only

Thursdays

11:00-13:00

M.St. in U.S. History core seminar

Please note that this seminar is open to enrolled students only.