The RAI today welcomes 15 faculty and students from the Universities of Notre Dame, Edinburgh, and Oxford on the 'Global Dome' PhD scholarship project. Led by Patrick Griffin, Madden-Hennebry Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at Notre Dame and Elliott Visconsi, Associate Professor of English at Notre Dame, the initiative brings PhD students and faculty together for a two-week intensive study programme to help hone the students' doctoral research.
The day's schedule begins with John Watts, Professor of Later Medieval History Corpus Christi College, Oxford, discussing his current project - writing ‘Renaissance England', an upcoming volume in the New Oxford History of England series, covering the years 1461-1547. Following sessions include a discussion of a dissertation chapter from Margie Housley, a PhD student in literature at Notre Dame, and the latest work from Rhodri Lewis, Professor of English Literature at St Hugh's College, Oxford. Earlier in the programme, the students heard special presentations from the RAI's Pekka Hämäläinen, Rhodes Professor of American History, Halbert Jones, Director of the Rothermere American Institute, Lloyd Pratt, Drue Heinz Professor of American Literature, and Peter Thompson, Sydney L. Mayer Associate Professor of American History.
The Rothermere American Institute and the University of Notre Dame are very grateful for the generosity of benefactors which has made the Global Dome initiative possible.