Monthly Archives: December 2014


The ballet Coppélia tells the story of an eccentric toymaker who displays his finest creation, a beautiful and life-like girl, on the balcony of his home. It is not only the village girls who are intrigued by the doll, Franz (an unwitting youth from the village) falls in love with her, spurning his true love, […]

Oxford University Museum of Natural History – A Rooftop Tour

Our guide, Geoffrey Tyack (Fellow, Kellogg College) had told us that the vision of the Victorian architects who built the Natural History Museum was to create an organic, breathing space in the spirit of Gothic Architecture. And yet, stepping into the main hall of the building I was utterly surprised. I had expected heavy columns, […]

Worcester College Tour

Ertegun scholars recently had the opportunity to visit Worcester College (founded in 1714) as part of the Programme’s Michaelmas Term schedule of visits. Fellow of Worcester College, Dr. Conrad Leyser, associate professor of Medieval History, guided scholars through the college grounds, and gave a thorough introduction to the history of the college. The tour started […]