Monthly Archives: August 2015

Tour of the Weston Library

By now, many Oxford research students have consulted special collections material in the reading rooms of the refurbished and renamed Weston Library, or perhaps have enjoyed a cup of tea in its new café. The building now houses the majority of the University’s special collections—not only old books and manuscripts, but also collections of private […]

Sketches of Oppression

On Friday August 14, Ertegun House hosted “Sketches of Oppression,” an exhibit of children’s drawings from three regions: Burma, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Sudan. The event was co-sponsored by Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) and Waging Peace. HART works to promote human rights through aid and advocacy. Presently, HART works with partners in eight regions, including Burma, […]

Trinity College Tour

Usually a chapel closed for renovation work makes for disappointment. Not during our Ertegun visit to Trinity College. Not only did we have access to the chapel. But the scaffolding built for the extensive restoration enabled us to climb right under the ceiling and take a close look at the Grinling Gibbons carvings, the plasterwork, the fresco […]

Everyman at the National Theatre

From a dramaturgical point of view, there is not much to the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman. It tells a well-known story, of man’s journey from sin to salvation in the face of death; its characters are flat personifications with pre-determined roles to act out. By contrast, Carol Ann Duffy’s Everyman is like the medieval play […]