Termcard

Trinity term 2020

Term dates: Sunday 26 April to Saturday 20 June
Venue: All events will be held online until further notice.

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.

 

1st Week

Monday

27 April

15:00-16:30

American History Graduate Seminar

Bethan Davies (Vere Harmsworth Library)

Alice Kelly (RAI)

Researching and Keeping Going in a Time without Archives and Travel

This term’s sessions will be at 3pm, to enable US-based members of the group to join, and will be held via Zoom. Reading for the following week will be sent out straight after each seminar. Please contact noah.remnick@balliol.ox.ac.uk with any questions.

Tuesday

28 April

11:00-12:00

American Ground

Join RAI Director Adam Smith and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering. This term’s meetings will be held via Zoom.

2nd Week

Monday

4 May

15:00-16:30

American History Graduate Seminar

Stephen Tuck

The Art of Publishing a Journal Article

This term’s sessions will be at 3pm, to enable US-based members of the group to join, and will be held via Zoom. Reading for the following week will be sent out straight after each seminar. Please contact noah.remnick@balliol.ox.ac.uk with any questions.

Tuesday

5 May

11:00-12:00

American Ground

Join RAI Director Adam Smith and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering. This term’s meetings will be held via Zoom.

Wednesday

6 May

16:30-17:30

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Lawrence Hatter (Washington State)

The Past Isn’t Past: An Indigenous History of the US-Canadian Border

This term’s sessions will take place at 4.30pm. Please contact grace.mallon@univ.ox.ac.uk for details of how to join.

Thursday

7 May

16:00-17:00

The RAI Goes to the Movies

Lincoln (2012, dir. Stephen Spielberg, 150 mins)

The theme for this term’s film series will be American Politics, beginning with Lincoln (2012). Please watch the film in advance – it is available to rent or buy on YouTube, Google Play or Amazon Prime. Adam Smith, resident Civil War expert as well as RAI Director, will open the discussion.

This event is open to all. No specialist knowledge of film or politics required.

Thursday

7 May

18:00-19:00

New Yorker short fiction reading group

Join Tara Stubbs (RAI/Continuing Education) and Ben Grant (Continuing Education) to discuss short fiction from The New Yorker at 6pm on the first Thursday of every month (first meeting Thursday 7 May; second meeting Thursday 4 June). Email tara.stubbs@conted.ox.ac.uk, copying in benjamin.grant@conted.ox.ac.uk, for the online link to the discussion, and for more information about the chosen story. For the first session we will be discussing the phenomenally successful ‘Cat Person’ by Kristen Roupenian: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/12/11/cat-person.

3rd Week

Monday

11 May

15:00-16:30

American History Graduate Seminar

Chapter Manuscript Critique Session

This term’s sessions will be at 3pm, to enable US-based members of the group to join, and will be held via Zoom. Reading for the following week will be sent out straight after each seminar. Please contact noah.remnick@balliol.ox.ac.uk with any questions.

Tuesday

12 May

11:00-12:00

American Ground

Join RAI Director Adam Smith and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering. This term’s meetings will be held via Zoom.

Thursday

14 May

16:00-17:30

American Literature Research Seminar

Alison Rosenblitt (Oxford)

E.E. Cummings as a Poet of the Great War: Love, Sex, Brutality, and ‘the Beauty of Living’

Readings and talk from The Beauty of Living: E.E. Cummings in the Great War (W.W. Norton, forthcoming July 2020)

This event is open to the public.

Please contact daniel.abdalla@wadham.ox.ac.uk and zachary.seager@pmb.ox.ac.uk for details of how to join.

4th Week

Monday

18 May

15:00-16:30

American History Graduate Seminar

State-of-the-field discussion focussing on the two most recent annual prize-winning articles in the Journal of American History

This term’s sessions will be at 3pm, to enable US-based members of the group to join, and will be held via Zoom. Reading for the following week will be sent out straight after each seminar. Please contact noah.remnick@balliol.ox.ac.uk with any questions.

Tuesday

19 May

11:00-12:00

American Ground

Join RAI Director Adam Smith and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering. This term’s meetings will be held via Zoom.

Wednesday

20 May

16:30-17:30

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Nicholas Cole (Oxford)

Impeachment at the Founding

This term’s sessions will take place at 4.30pm. Please contact grace.mallon@univ.ox.ac.uk for details of how to join.

Thursday

21 May

16:00-17:00

The RAI Goes to the Movies

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939, dir. Frank Capra, 130 mins)

Please watch the film in advance - it is available for free on the Internet Archive, or to rent or buy on YouTubeGoogle Play  or Amazon Prime. Introduced by Michael Hammond (Southampton).

This event is open to all. No specialist knowledge of film or politics required.

5th Week

Tuesday

26 May

17:00-18:00

American Ground

Join RAI Director Adam Smith and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering. This term’s meetings will be held via Zoom.

This week, we have a special edition of American Ground – note the changed time – to enable our friends in the United States and elsewhere to join us. Please bring a coffee or a beer, depending on your time zone.

Thursday

28 May

16:00-17:30

American Literature Research Seminar

Daniel Abdalla (Oxford)

Mary Chinery (Georgian Court University)

Laura Rattray (Glasgow)

Edith Wharton as Playwright

Please contact daniel.abdalla@wadham.ox.ac.uk and zachary.seager@pmb.ox.ac.uk for details of how to join.

Thursday

28 May

17:30-18:45

Plymouth 400th Anniversary Roundtable

Peter Mancall (Southern California)

Jo Loosemore (Mayflower 400 programme and The Box, Plymouth, UK)

Trevor Burnard (Hull)

Sarah Schuetze (Wisconsin-Green Bay)

Chaired by Sonia Tycko (RAI)

This roundtable discussion commemorates the voyage of the Mayflower, which took a group of English Puritans from Plymouth in Devon to what would become Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. The colony established there by the so-called Pilgrim Fathers was the second permanent British colony in North America.

This event is open to all. Please register via Eventbrite.

6th Week

Monday

1 June

17:00-17:30

RAI Wellbeing

Computer Relief Desk Session

A free 30-minute session led by Stephanie Ross-Russell, an Oxford-based movement instructor. You can be dressed in your normal clothing and just need to set yourself up at your desk with your computer in front of you. Ideally please be seated on a simple stable chair without arms. We will be both sitting and standing in this practice. Stephanie will be guiding us through movements and stretches that help to alleviate tension that can occur from too much time at your desk.

A Zoom link will be circulated in the RAI’s weekly mailing. If you are not on our mailing list but would like to join these sessions, please email: comms@rai.ox.ac.uk.

Tuesday

2 June

11:00-12:00

American Ground

Join RAI Director Adam Smith and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering. This term’s meetings will be held via Zoom.

Wednesday

3 June

16:30-17:30

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Alys Beverton (Oxford Brookes)

“Damn the Yankee Imperialists”: Reconsidering Confederates’ Hemispheric Visions during the U.S. Civil War

This term’s sessions will take place at 4.30pm. Please contact grace.mallon@univ.ox.ac.uk for details of how to join.

Thursday

4 June

16:00-17:00

The RAI Goes to the Movies

Dr. Strangelove (1964, dir. Stanley Kubrick, 102 mins)

Please watch the film in advance – it is available to rent or buy on YouTube, Google Play or Amazon Prime.  Introduced by Daniel Rowe.

Thursday

4 June

18:00-19:00

New Yorker short fiction reading group

Join Tara Stubbs (RAI/Continuing Education) and Ben Grant (Continuing Education) to discuss short fiction from The New Yorker at 6pm on the first Thursday of every month (first meeting Thursday 7 May; second meeting Thursday 4 June). Email tara.stubbs@conted.ox.ac.uk, copying in benjamin.grant@conted.ox.ac.uk, for the online link to the discussion, and for more information about the chosen story.

7th Week

Monday

8 June

19:00-19:30

RAI Wellbeing

Yoga Nidra Session

A free 30-minute session led by Stephanie Ross-Russell, an Oxford-based movement instructor. This is not yoga as you know it, but a deep guided relaxation practice. To gain the most benefit from this, find a comfortable place to lie down where you will be able to listen to Stephanie's voice clearly from your device. You will not need to see the screen. Make sure it is quiet where you are and that you will not be disturbed during the practice. Ideally have a pillow for your head and enough layers on or a blanket to keep you warm.

A Zoom link will be circulated in the RAI’s weekly mailing. If you are not on our mailing list but would like to join these sessions, please email: comms@rai.ox.ac.uk.

Tuesday

9 June

17:00-18:00

American Ground

Join RAI Director Adam Smith and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering. This term’s meetings will be held via Zoom.

Wednesday

10 June

15:00-16:30

RAI Book Club

This term we will be reading Saidiya Hartman’s Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval (2019). The book is available via Blackwell’s or Amazon.

We are fortunate to have Saidiya Hartman joining us to discuss her book. Hartman is a Professor of African-American Literature and History at Columbia University and a 2019 MacArthur Fellow. You can hear her talk about her work here: https://www.macfound.org/fellows/1038/

This event will be co-chaired by Mimi Borders and Jade Bentil.

This event is open to all. Please register via Eventbrite.

Thursday

11 June

16:00-17:30

American Literature Research Seminar

Harriet Stilley (Edinburgh)

The ‘Oriental’ Detective: Reading Race and Masculinity in Contemporary Asian American Crime Fiction

Please contact daniel.abdalla@wadham.ox.ac.uk and zachary.seager@pmb.ox.ac.uk for details of how to join.

8th Week

Monday

15 June

16:00-17:00

The RAI Goes to the Movies

All the President’s Men (1976, dir. Alan J. Pakula, 138 mins)

Introduced by Rivers Gambrell and Mitch Robertson.

Please watch the film in advance – it is available to rent or buy on YouTube, Google Play or Amazon Prime.

Monday

15 June

17:30-18:00

RAI Wellbeing

Computer Relief Desk Session

A free 30-minute session led by Stephanie Ross-Russell, an Oxford-based movement instructor. You can be dressed in your normal clothing and just need to set yourself up at your desk with your computer in front of you. Ideally please be seated on a simple stable chair without arms. We will be both sitting and standing in this practice. Stephanie will be guiding us through movements and stretches that help to alleviate tension that can occur from too much time at your desk.

A Zoom link will be circulated in the RAI’s weekly mailing. If you are not on our mailing list but would like to join these sessions, please email: comms@rai.ox.ac.uk.

Tuesday

16 June

15:30-17:00

Special Seminar

Healing Our Divided Society: The Kerner Commission at 50

Alan Curtis (Eisenhower Foundation)

Gary Younge (Manchester)

This is a public event. Registration is via Eventbrite.

Tuesday

16 June

17:00-18:00

American Ground

Join RAI Director Adam Smith and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering. This term’s meetings will be held via Zoom.

Wednesday

17 June

16:30-17:30

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Kelly Kean Sharp (Luther College)

Bowls and the Meaning of Race: Dining in Antebellum Charleston

This term’s sessions will take place at 4.30pm. Please contact grace.mallon@univ.ox.ac.uk for details of how to join.

9th Week

Monday

22 June

19:00-19:30

RAI Wellbeing

Yoga Nidra Session

A free 30-minute session led by Stephanie Ross-Russell, an Oxford-based movement instructor. This is not yoga as you know it, but a deep guided relaxation practice. To gain the most benefit from this, find a comfortable place to lie down where you will be able to listen to Stephanie's voice clearly from your device. You will not need to see the screen. Make sure it is quiet where you are and that you will not be disturbed during the practice. Ideally have a pillow for your head and enough layers on or a blanket to keep you warm.

A Zoom link will be circulated in the RAI’s weekly mailing. If you are not on our mailing list but would like to join these sessions, please email: comms@rai.ox.ac.uk.