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Chiara Giovanni reports on the Scholars’ visit to London to see the Paul Nash and David Hockney exhibitions at Tate Britain

“Winter”, wrote artist Paul Nash, “is life imprisoned”, and while that may have been true for anyone spending the season in the trenches, it did not quite ring true for those of us who were standing before his works that February morning. We, the Scholars in question, were there at the Tate Britain to visit […]

Jana Weiss reports on the recent roundtable event at Ertegun House, ‘Fractured Stories? Narratives of Migration’.

In her presentation Dead as a Dodo? Why Literature Matters in Times of Migration and Unrest, given as the Eugene Ludwig Lecture at New College on 24 February 2017, the German author Ulrike Draesner spoke about literature as a means to transport and deal with traumatic memory:  ‘Literature expresses what is beyond normal verbal expression, […]

Spence Weinreich reports on the recent conference ‘Prison/Exile: Controlled Spaces in Early Modern Europe’ hosted by Ertegun House

In the first instantiation of the Ertegun House Seminar in the Humanities, Wole Soyinka recalled his time in prison during the Biafran War. Deprived of human contact and intellectual stimulation, he wrote poetry in Spanish, scrawled on toilet-paper dowels for lack of writing materials. It was for the sake of understanding of such human moments, […]

Podcast of the second Ertegun House Seminar in the Humanities, a Conversation with Quentin Skinner is now available

A podcast is now available of the recent Ertegun House seminar in the Humanities, a wide-ranging conversation between historian Professor Quentin Skinner and the members of the Ertegun House community, led by Ertegun House Director, Professor Rhodri Lewis. The Ertegun House Seminar in the Humanities is a termly series of conversations between members of the […]

Khalid Lyamlahy reports on the visit by a group of Ertegun Scholars to the Ashmolean’s exhibition Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France

“Paris est magique”: A Journey to Modern Visual Art on the French Scene On Thursday 9th of February, Ertegun scholars were kindly invited to the opening of the spring exhibition “Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France” as part of the private views organized at the Ashmolean Museum. As suggested by its title, this exhibition […]

Ertegun Scholar, Pranav Jain, reports on the second Ertegun House Seminar in the Humanities, a Conversation with Quentin Skinner

Our guest for the second Ertegun House seminar in the Humanities was Professor Quentin Skinner, the Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London. Widely regarded as one of the most influential historians of his generation, Skinner is known for his extraordinary work on methodological issues in intellectual history and in-depth […]

Kristin Buhrow reports on the Scholars’ visit to the Royal Opera House to see a performance of Woolf Works

On February 14th, a group of Ertegun Scholars visited London’s Royal Opera House for the Royal Ballet’s final performance of Woolf Works: an evocative, award-winning triptych choreographed and directed by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor.  Offering interpretations of three of Virginia Woolf’s most famous writings the program’s three-part structure provides a simple framework within which the […]