Termcard

Hilary Term 2018

Term Dates: Sunday 14 January to Saturday 10 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.

Hilary 2018 termcard (click to download)

1st Week

 

 

Monday

15 January

12:00-14:00

 

American History Graduate Seminar

Stephen Symchych (St Antony’s)

John Gallison’s journals: self-portrait of a third-generation Federalist in Boston

Tuesday

16 January

11:00-11:30

 

Red, White, and Brew

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

 

Tuesday

16 January

16:00-17:30

 

American History Research Seminar

Mara Keire (Oxford)

“Coax me”: sexual coercion and popular culture in New York, 1900-1929

 

Wednesday

17 January

13:00-14:30

 

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Mason Ji (St Antony’s)

Taking steps forward: addressing North Korea through multilateralism

 

The American Politics Graduate Seminar welcomes 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.

 

Thursday

18 January

17:00-18:30

 

American Literature Research Seminar

Karen Benavente (Texas – Rio Grande Valley)

Literature and borders

 

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.

 

2nd Week

 

 

Monday

22 January

12:00-14:00

 

American History Graduate Seminar

Mara Keire (RAI)

Skills session: The historical interpretation of visual imagery

Tuesday

23 January

11:00-11:30

 

Red, White, and Brew

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

 

Tuesday

23 January

16:00-17:30

 

American History Research Seminar

Jonathan Levy (Chicago)

Instability and inequality: American capitalism after the Volcker Shock of 1980

 

 

Wednesday

24 January

13:00-14:30

 

 

American Politics Graduate Seminar

David Sehat (Winant Visiting Professor of American Government)

The American political tradition: ideas, interests, and institutions

 

Friday

26 January

12:00-13:30

 

Special Seminar

William Blazek (Liverpool Hope)

The Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps: writing America’s First World War

 

A sandwich lunch will be provided

This event is open to the public.

 

Friday

26 January

17:00-18:30

 

RAI|Live

Antony Penrose (photographer and co-director of the Lee Miller Archive)

Lee Miller: witnessing women at war

 

To be followed by a wine reception.

This event is open to the public.

 

3rd Week

 

 

Monday

29 January

12:00-14:00

 

American History Graduate Seminar

Daniel Green (Wadham)

The religious system of northeastern North America

Tuesday

30 January

11:00-11:30

 

Red, White, and Brew

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

 

 

Tuesday

30 January

16:00-17:30

 

 

American History Research Seminar

Gretchen Long (Williams College & Exeter)

Fullness, fatness, and memories of mammy

 

 

Wednesday

31 January

13:00-14:30

 

 

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Kristin Collins (Boston; RAI Senior Visiting Research Fellow)

Administrative constitutionalism and the development of American citizenship law

 

Wednesday

31 January

17:00-18:30

 

Book Launch

Sara Hirschhorn (Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies)

City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement

 

To be followed by a wine reception.

This event is open to the public.

 

 

Thursday

1 February

17:00-18:30

 

 

American Literature Research Seminar

Olivia Laing (author of The Lonely City)

in conversation with Kristin Grogan (Hertford)

 

4th Week

 

 

Monday

5 February

12:00-14:00

 

 

American History Graduate Seminar

Benjamin Madley (UCLA)

Skills Session: An American genocide: the United States and the California Indian catastrophe

 

Tuesday

6 February

11:00-11:30

 

Red, White, and Brew

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

 

Tuesday

6 February

16:00-17:30

 

The Sir John Elliott Lecture in Atlantic History

Emma Rothschild (Harvard)

The Atlantic in the interior

 

To be followed by a wine reception.

This lecture is open to the public.

 

 

Wednesday

7 February

13:00-14:30

 

 

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Russell Bogue (Balliol)

Understanding privacy

 

5th Week

 

 

Monday

12 February

12:00-14:00

 

American History Graduate Seminar

Grace Mallon (University)

Literature review: Congress and the states, 1781-1800

Tuesday

13 February

11:00-11:30

 

Red, White, and Brew

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

 

Tuesday

13 February

17:00-18:30

 

Winant Lecture in American Government

David Sehat (Georgia State; Winant Visiting Professor of American Government)

Politics after God

 

To be followed by a wine reception.

This lecture is open to the public.

 

Wednesday

14 February

13:00-14:30

 

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Helen Baxendale (Magdalen)

The contemporary politics of American education reform: Teach for America as policy ‘insurgent’

Please note that this talk has been rescheduled to Trinity term.

 

Friday

16 February

12:00-13:30

 

Special Seminar

Byron Shafer (Wisconsin-Madison)

The Trump Presidency and the structure of modern American politics

 

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

This event is open to the public.

 

 

Friday

16 February

17:00-18:30

 

 

OxWIP special event

An evening with Alyssa Mastromonaco

Deputy Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama

 

Registration required:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/oxford-women-in-politics-16611016836

 

6th Week

 

 

Monday

19 February

12:00-14:00

 

 

American History Graduate Seminar

Rivers Gambrell (Kellogg)

‘The President thinks football is a way of life’: Richard Nixon’s appropriation of sport (1970-1974)

 

Tuesday

20 February

11:00-11:30

 

Red, White, and Brew

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

 

 

Tuesday

20 February

16:00-17:30

 

 

American History Research Seminar

Julia Guarneri (Cambridge)

Womanly chit-chat? Women’s pages in U.S. Newspapers, 1870-1930

 

Wednesday

21 February

13:00-14:30

 

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Sarah Bufkin (All Souls)

Social recognition and racialized imaginaries

 

 

Thursday

22 February

17:00-18:30

 

 

American History Research-Latin American Centre joint seminar

William Booth (St Catherine’s)

A ‘brown man’s country’? Langston Hughes in Mexico

 

7th Week

 

 

Monday

26 February

12:00-14:00

 

 

American History Graduate Seminar

Sage Goodwin (University)

Framing the Civil Rights story: prime-time television news documentaries and the Black Freedom Struggle, 1954-1965

 

 

Monday

26 February

17:00-18:30

 

 

Special Seminar

Linda Kerber (Iowa) and Kristin Collins (Boston; RAI Senior Visiting Fellow)

Midcentury modernisms: reinventing American nationality law in the 20th century

 

To be followed by a wine reception.

This event is open to the public.

 

 

Tuesday

27 February

11:00-11:30

 

 

Red, White, and Brew

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

 

Tuesday

27 February

16:00-17:30

 

American History Research Seminar

Simon Baatz (CUNY)

Murder in Manhattan: Stanford White and the ‘unwritten law’ in New York at the fin-de-siècle

 

Wednesday

28 February

13:00-14:30

 

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Jay Ruckelshaus (St John’s)

Partisanship, polarization, and the riddle of Democratic identity: the case for putting politics in its place

 

Thursday

1 March

12:30-14:30

 

M.St. U.S. History core seminar

 

New Directions in New Deal Scholarship: Meet the Authors

Harvey G. Cohen (King’s), Who’s In the Money?: The Great Depression Musicals and Hollywood’s New Deal (2017), and Jason Scott Smith (Univ. of New Mexico and UCD), A Concise History of the New Deal (2014)

 

This is part of the weekly M.St. seminar, but limited space is available for other graduate students who have read the two core books.  The session will open with brief introductory remarks by the authors, followed by a general discussion of the historical and historiographical issues raised by each book. If you would like to participate, please contact enquiries@rai.ox.ac.uk by Friday 23 February.  Lunch will be provided.

 

 

Thursday

1 March

17:00-18:30

 

 

American Literature Research Seminar

Emilia Borowska (Royal Holloway; RAI Postdoctoral Vising Research Fellow)

Chris Kraus’s journey to the end of history

 

8th Week

 

Monday

5 March

12:00-14:00

 

American History Graduate Seminar

Chris Nitschke (Keble)

The brokers of foreign relations, 1870-73

 

Tuesday

6 March

11:00-11:30

 

Red, White, and Brew

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

 

 

Tuesday

6 March

16:00-17:30

 

American History Research Seminar

Regina Lee Blaszczyk (Leeds)

The synthetics revolution and the senses, 1939-1970

 

Wednesday

7 March

13:00-14:30

 

 

American Politics Graduate Seminar

James Cameron (Fundação Getulio Vargas)

The Double Game: The Demise of America’s First Missile Defense System and the Rise of Strategic Arms Limitation (OUP, 2017)

 

Thursday

8 March

09:30-14:00

 

Congress to Campus

Former Congressmen Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Tim Murphy (R-PA) visit the RAI to share their experiences with sixth-form students.

 

This is a pre-registered event and is now fully subscribed.

 

Thursday

8 March

14:00-15:15

 

Special Seminar

What political scientists need to understand about Congress

Aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, Dr Halbert Jones 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.

 

To register, please email enquiries@rai.ox.ac.uk.

 

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

11:00-13:00

 

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

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

List of site pages