Monthly Archives: June 2016

A tour of Magdalen College

I had been eagerly anticipating this college tour: in June, we visited my own college – Magdalen, in all its splendour! Our guide was Prof. Laurence Brockliss, a history tutor at Magdalen, and the author of a very recent book, “The University of Oxford: A History” (2016). Prof. Brockliss took us to various places in […]

Hamlet at the RSC

Bulletproof screens, aviator sunglasses, loud music (recorded and live), and military uniforms: you wouldn’t have guessed that this was Hamlet, but, as a group of Ertegun scholars discovered in Stratford-upon-Avon last month, it most certainly was. The RSC’s new production of Hamlet takes the play out of Denmark and straight into the heart of West […]

Tour of the new OCIS building

On Thursday 5th May, driven to suburban Oxford by an unheard call to prayer and an overt curiosity, more than a dozen Ertegun scholars had the unique opportunity to visit the brand-new building of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) on Marston road. We were met in an open courtyard by the Director, Dr. […]