Monthly Archives: May 2015

Oxford Nahda Workshop

The Oxford Nahda Workshop 2015 was held on 22 and 23 April, and brought together scholars from around the world for two days of intensive and fascinating discussions around the Arab ‘Nahda’ of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The concept of the Arab Nahda encompasses an idea of enlightenment in the Arabic-speaking world. The […]

Inventing Impressionism

Perhaps initially more bleary-eyed than bushy-tailed, a dedicated group of Ertegun scholars were treated to a double delight in their most recent trip to London on 30 April. As has been noted elsewhere, the band of early-rising scholars had the opportunity and privilege of viewing the British Museum’s ‘Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek […]

Folksongs and Madrigals

Ertegun Scholars have been enjoying the Proms at the Ashmolean concert series over the past few months, if in a rather piecemeal fashion. In the May offering, the Orchestra of St John’s seized the springtime opportunity to perform a series of madrigals and folksongs, including English folksongs, Negro spirituals and Romanian dances. The concert not […]

Defining Beauty: the Body in Ancient Greek Art

As dawn broke on the morning of 30 April a group of Ertegun Scholars assembled at Oxford train station. Several coffees later, we arrived outside the gates of the British Museum for its latest blockbuster exhibition, “Defining Beauty: the Body in Ancient Greek Art.” We were accompanied from Oxford by our own Professor Bert Smith, […]