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End of Term Newsletter

30 June 2016

We can't believe it is the end of the academic year! To reminisce we share some of the year's highlights, from the dodo to the digital age. We also look ahead to next year's 'Humanities and Identities' series and are pleased to announce that we will be part of the nationwide festival of the humanities Being Human.

Although term has ended there is still lots going on over the summer, with events exploring Bob Dylan, eighteenth-century garden design and the relationship between music and dance in choreography. We will be back with our next newsletter in October and in the meantime wish you a lovely summer holiday!

News and Blogs

TORCH to be part of Being Human

We will team up with the Ashmolean Museum for a late night opening in November exploring the art and science of hope and fear, which will be the official closing event for the nationwide festival of the humanities. Read more here.

Five portraits from the University of Oxford breaking the stereotypes

TORCH Early Career Fellow Dr Ruth Scobie writes for Art UK about a new University initative to celebrate diversity in Oxford portraits. Read more here.

Reminder: Humanities & Identities

We are looking forward to our Annual Headline Series for 2016-17 Humanities & Identities. It will explore multiple research areas relating to diversity including race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, and inequality. Ideas are sought for projects including an outdoor exhibition and online trail. Please submit ideas by 1 August. 

Reminder of Opportunities

Facing the Future
Nominate someone who makes a difference to feature in a new University portrait as part of the Diversifying Oxford Portraits project. Deadline: Friday 8 July. 

Share Your First World War Research with an International Audience
We welcome proposals for new perspectives on the War and its impact through either a blog post or short (audio/video) podcast. Deadline: Monday 1 August.

Highlighted Events

Skippin' Reels of Rhyme

18:30-20:00, Thursday 30 June, Holywell Music Room

A concert celebrating Bob Dylan's poetry featuring Allegra Giagu (mezzo-soprano), Nicole Panizza (piano), and Hannah Sanders (soprano).

Please click here for more information and to book your place

The English Garden Exhibition

8 July - 4 September, Blackwell Hall, Weston Library

Items from the collections of the Bodleian Library tell the story of eighteenth-century garden design, creativity, and tourism. A programme of talks and other events will accompany the exhibition.

Please click here for more information

Exploring the Rhythm

19-22 July, St Hilda's College

Choreographer Kim Brandstrup, cellist/composer Oliver Coates and renowned pianist Joanna MacGregor lead a workshop with dancers on the relationship between music and dance in choreography. 

Please click here for more information and to book your free place

Telling Tales, Writing Stories

9:30-19:00, Friday 9 September, Radcliffe Humanities

A colloquium exploring the ways in which stories have been told from antiquity to the present day. From the spoken word to the written, from danced performances to bardic recitals, from dub poetry to the big screen of cinema, narrative is at the heart of artistic forms.

Please click here for more information and to book your free place

Looking back on 2015-16

As we reach the end of the academic year 2015-16 we look back at some of our highlights from this year, from the dodo to the digital age. Visit our blog to see 2015-16 in numbers.

The Oxford Dodo

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History is home to the world’s only soft tissue dodo remains. This public event in collaboration with the Museum celebrated the life and legacy of the famous creature.

Watch here

Tolkien's Legacy

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of the final volume of The Lord of the Rings, the Bodleian Libraries and TORCH hosted a panel discussion on reactions to Tolkien’s work, then and now.

Watch here

A Conductor's Point of View

Celebrated conductor Christian Thielemann discusses the art of conducting, the historical context of 19th and 20th century opera, and the commonalities between Wagner and Strauss.

Watch here

The Digital Age

A panel of experts from across the Humanities and the cultural sector explored how the digital age has shaped, and will continue to shape, the human experience and the Humanities.

Watch here