Monthly Archives: April 2015

Celebrating Forty Years of Women at Hertford College

The latest Ertegun House excursion brought scholars to the neoclassical dining hall of Hertford College, for a viewing of a provocative and refreshing temporary exhibition, celebrating 40 years since the first admission of female undergraduates to the college. To commemorate this shockingly recent development, the college has replaced the oil paintings of its 19th century […]

A Trip to the Top of Magdalen Tower

The second college tour of 2015 featured a special delight: Professor Nick Stargardt, History Fellow of Magdalen, treated a group of Ertegun scholars with a rare opportunity to climb Magdalen Tower and to see the city of Oxford from on high. For once, the weather proved to be propitious: while it was quite windy atop […]

Syriac Intellectual Culture in Late Antiquity

Between the third and tenth centuries of the present era, the Syriac language was spoken in a region extending from its heartland in modern Turkey, Syria, and Iraq to the Iranian plateau and even China and India in the east, and as far as Egypt and Ethiopia to the south and west. Not only did […]

Radical Interpretations

On Friday March 6th, Ertegun House hosted a concert of ‘Radical Interpretations’ as part of a Royal Musicological Association (RMA) conference on Authorship in music. The programme consisted of music by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Brahms, re-imagined in order to offer alternatives to the more standardised interpretations founded on deferential attitudes towards these composers. […]