OXBRIDGE TEACHER SEMINARS - ENRICHMENT AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS, LIBRARIANS, AND SCHOOL LEADERS - Oxbridge Academic Programs

 
OXBRIDGE TEACHER SEMINARS - ENRICHMENT AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS, LIBRARIANS, AND SCHOOL LEADERS - Oxbridge Academic Programs
OXBRIDGE TEACHER SEMINARS
ENRICHMENT AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR
   TEACHERS, LIBRARIANS, AND SCHOOL LEADERS
PETERHOUSE                   WORCESTER COLLEGE
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE    UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
JUNE 26 - JULY 3, 2020       JULY 5 - JULY 12, 2020
OXBRIDGE TEACHER SEMINARS - ENRICHMENT AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS, LIBRARIANS, AND SCHOOL LEADERS - Oxbridge Academic Programs
A Welcome From The Founder
                                                   Dear Teachers, Librarians, and School Leaders,

                                                   I founded the Teacher Seminar program more than 20 years ago in response to the
                                                   many teachers who, when I visited schools to talk about our academic programs for
                                                   students, used to say — only partly in jest — “That’s great for the students, but what
                                                   about us?” They were right, of course. Having long believed that there is no group more
                                                   deserving, harder working, or more responsive to this kind of learning opportunity, I
                                                   worked to design a seminar that would meet their needs — intellectual, professional,
                                                   and personal.

                                                   From the beginning, the vision has been to bring teachers into direct contact with
                                                   leading scholars, writers, and public figures, in an historic and stimulating environment,
Prof. James G. Basker                              surrounded by cultural and academic resources. At first in Oxford, and then in Cambridge,
                                                   these Teacher Seminars offer a mixture of intellectual refreshment, cultural enrichment,
About the Founder                                  and professional development, all in the most inspiring of settings. Ultimately, the aim
Educated at Harvard (AB), Cambridge (MA),
                                                   is to support and invigorate classroom teaching with new ideas and energy, new texts
and Oxford (DPhil), where he was a Rhodes
Scholar, Professor Basker taught at Harvard        and techniques, new content and connections.
for seven years before coming to Barnard
College, Columbia University. Formerly the         Participants in the Seminars come from every kind of background and school
Ann Whitney Olin Professor of English, he          imaginable. They have included new teachers, seasoned veterans, department heads,
was appointed the Richard Gilder Professor
                                                   counselors, librarians, and principals. Invariably, the experience and enthusiasm of the
of Literary History in 2006. Professor Basker
has designed and directed student programs         participants themselves have enriched the program beyond measure. We would be
in Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews, Paris,           delighted to put you in touch with former participants as you consider applying.
Montpellier, Barcelona, Salamanca, New York,
Boston, and Los Angeles. He has written several    Teachers come to our seminars for various reasons: to pursue professional development,
books on history and literature (including, most
recently, American Anti-Slavery Writings, 2012)    to indulge intellectual interests, or to fulfill lifelong personal dreams. Whatever your
and has been an invited guest lecturer at the      priority, I hope to see you in Cambridge and/or Oxford, this summer!
Sorbonne, Cambridge, and Oxford, a Visiting
Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge,        Sincerely,
and a James Osborn Fellow at Yale. Professor
Basker is also President of the Gilder Lehrman
Institute of American History in New York City,
where he advises on educational projects in
the public school system and on seminars for       James G. Basker, Founder, Oxbridge Academic Programs
educators at Yale, Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge,
and a dozen other universities.
                                                   The Teacher Seminars are sponsored and organized by The Foundation for International Education in
                                                   cooperation with Oxbridge Academic Programs.
                                                                                           Professor Basker leads a discussion on literature and slavery.
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Table of Contents

                            CAMBRIDGE                                           OXFORD
                            June 26 - July 3, 2020                              July 5 - July 12, 2020

The Cambridge Teacher Seminar                        The Oxford Teacher Seminar
The College .................................. 3     The College .................................. 10
The Seminar ................................. 4-9    The Seminar ................................. 11-17
  Study Groups:                                        Study Groups:
  · Why History Matters                                · Literature and the Fantastic
  · English Literature                                 · The Library and the Academy
  · Applying to University in the UK                   · Shakespeare in History
  · Thinking Mathematically                            · Environmental Studies
  · Learning Management                                · Leadership Challenges in Contemporary
                                                         Education
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O V         E    R V         I    E     W          O   F       T   H     E          S    E   M     I   N A        R    S

Our seminars are designed to give participants access to current scholarship and university resources in a
variety of fields. Led by distinguished scholars, they are introduced to innovative approaches to traditional ideas
and subjects, to new pedagogical and curricular possibilities, and to a variety of cultural, social, and imaginative
experiences, all in two of the intellectual and cultural capitals of the world.

The seminars involve plenary sessions given by outstanding academics and intellectuals, regular small-group
discussions on more focused educational themes, a comprehensive schedule of cultural events and outings,
historical tours, museum and gallery visits, and free time for individual research, exploration, and relaxation. At
the heart of the Teacher Seminars are elective Study Groups, each designed to provide an academic focus for the
participant.

The Cambridge Teacher Seminar (June 26 - July 3) is held in Peterhouse – the oldest college in the University
of Cambridge. Here, teachers find an inspiring setting for intellectual reflection and cultural enrichment. The
diverse program of plenary speakers and events makes accessible much of the scholarly wealth and history of
the University.

The Oxford Teacher Seminar (July 5 - July 12) is held in Worcester College, Oxford University. Participants have
the unique opportunity to share in the academic and cultural traditions of one of the world's great centers of
learning. Teachers meet Rhodes Scholars, visit colleges, libraries, and historic sites, and gain an insider’s feeling for
the deeper resources behind the beauty and tradition of “the city of dreaming spires.”

Dr. David Rundle talks to participants about his
work in paleography in Christ Church Library.

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Cam b r idg e
                                                                                          TEACHER SEMINAR
                                                                                         June 26 - July 3, 2020

King's College Chapel seen from the Backs

          T    H     E         C O          L   L   E   G E
          The Cambridge Teacher Seminar is held in Peterhouse – the oldest college in the University of
          Cambridge. It was founded by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, in 1284. In terms of the number
          of students admitted each year, Peterhouse is also one of the smallest, most intimate, and most
          traditional colleges. The dining hall has been in continuous use since the thirteenth century,
          and it remains one of the only Cambridge halls in which two Latin graces are said during dinner.

          Despite its antiquity, Peterhouse has a long-held reputation as a center of innovation. Generations of
          graduates – known as “Petreans” – have contributed to the social and political upheavals that have shaped
          Britain and the world. Among them are the nineteenth-century polymath Charles Babbage, who is widely-
          credited with developing the concept of the modern computer. And in 1884, to mark Peterhouse’s 600th
          anniversary, the Petrean and mathematical physicist Lord Kelvin made the college one of the first British
          establishments to have electric light. Sir Frank Whittle, who invented the jet engine, studied at Peterhouse in
          the 1930s; as did the creator of the hovercraft, Sir Christopher Cockerell. Later in the twentieth century, five
          Petreans were awarded Nobel Prizes for their work in Chemistry – Sir John Kendrew, Sir Aaron Klug, Archer
          Martin, Max Perutz, and Michael Levitt. Participants on our Cambridge Teacher Seminar join a continuum of
          great thinkers stretching back through the centuries in a unique environment of living history.

          Accommodation is modern and comfortable. A number of bedrooms are equipped with an en-suite
          bathroom, and participants have access to the recently-refurbished college bar. Peterhouse is within easy
          walking distance of all the major attractions in Cambridge, including King’s College Chapel and the Fitzwilliam
          Museum.

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T       H   E      S    E    M     I   N    A    R

                      Cambridge Teacher Seminar participants enjoy life in a traditional Cambridge college and a meeting of minds with
                      leading academics and educators from the University. At the heart of the Seminar are Study Groups, each with a
                      different focus, offering detailed discussion and exploration of a special subject. Each morning, these Study Groups meet
                      individually to discuss a series of topics that are complemented in the afternoons by a plenary program of speakers,
                      workshops, outings, and events. Teachers select one Study Group for the duration of the week and participate in every
                      plenary session.

                      Teacher Seminar participants select the Study Group that they would like to join using the Application Form at the
                      back of this brochure. In advance of the summer, Study Group leaders recommend optional preparatory reading for all
                      participants. We also ask participants to bring their own proposed topics for discussion, specific to their Study Group.
                      The Study Groups available in summer 2020 are as follows (descriptions are provisional but indicative):

                      I. WHY HISTORY MATTERS                                         Study Group Leader and Seminar Director:

                      Using Cambridge’s extraordinary historical resources, this     Dr. Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe. Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe is a
Cambridge
   Andrews

                      Study Group explores a selection of themes lying at the        Lecturer in Patristics in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge.
                      interstices of history as it is taught in secondary schools,   She is also a Fellow and College Lecturer in Theology and
                      and history as it is researched in universities. Drawing on    Religious Studies at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where she
                      examples from all periods, sessions address pedagogical        completed her doctorate on the political theology of
St

                      questions such as how to incorporate literature, art, and      Ambrosiaster, a late Christian writer of the fourth century.
                      cinema, as well as the social sciences such as anthropology    From 2006 to 2016 she taught Roman History at King’s
                      and archaeology, into the syllabus; and how best to            College London as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, before
                      convey the value, uses, and abuses of history to the next      returning to Cambridge and Peterhouse in 2016. She
                      generation of students. The Study Group also addresses         has also held visiting fellowships at the Italian Academy
                      research topics, privileging areas that are all too often      for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, and at the
                      excluded from syllabi, such as the long-term historical        Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University.
                      influence of environment, geography, and disease, as well      Her research interests lie in the history of late antiquity,
                      as how the changing nature of war affected the human           with a specialization in early Christianity and the history
Preliminary Program

                      experience and transformed political institutions.             of ideas.

                      II. ENGLISH LITERATURE                                         Study Group Leader:

                      How do we excite today’s students about English                Dr. Ewan Jones. A University Lecturer in the Nineteenth
                      Literature? With this question in mind, the Study Group        Century at the Faculty of English, and a fellow and
                      reads and discusses selected texts by major writers,           Director of Studies at Downing, Dr. Jones studied at King's
                      exploring key ideas in literary criticism and how these        College, Cambridge, and was previously a Research Fellow
                      may be presented in classrooms around the world. While         at Trinity Hall. He is working on a number of projects
                      considering texts that can stand on their own or be            including tracing the historical development of the notion
                      integrated into thematic courses, the group examines           of rhythm across the nineteenth century, developing new
                      canonical writers from Shakespeare to Virginia Woolf,          computational resources to uncover and account for the
                      along with others who have a particular connection to          structure and change of concepts over long historical
                      Cambridge such as William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor            periods, and a project to digitize manuscripts relating to
                      Coleridge, Lord Byron, Lord Tennyson, Rupert Brooke,           Alfred Lord Tennyson. His publications include Coleridge
                      Sylvia Plath, and Zadie Smith. Participants visit special      and the Philosophy of Poetic Form (2014).
                      collections, the colleges of famous authors, and other
                      sites of special literary interest around Cambridge.

                      On the following pages, the Cambridge Teacher Seminar’s provisional schedule provides an idea of how Study
                      Groups blend with the plenary program. It is representative but not exact, and is subject to change.

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III. APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY - THE UK PERSPECTIVE             Study Group Leader:

This study group addresses the business of choosing,         Heather Thompson Cavalli. Ms Thompson Cavalli gradu-
applying to, and being accepted by British universities.     ated from Columbia University, Barnard College, in 1990,
Participants discuss the respective merits of different      and earned her Master's in Comparative History at Brandeis
examinations, the intricacies of the UCAS process, the       University in 1994. She has been a college counselor and
                                                             teacher of History, IB History, and IB Theory of Knowledge
major differences between English, Welsh, and Scottish
                                                             at the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz for seven years. Before that
universities, and indeed the differences in teaching and
                                                             she was Director of College Counseling at a boarding
social life in individual universities in the UK. Moving     school in Connecticut for six years, and has been a teacher
beyond the factual, they discuss how best to help            of history since 1994. She has profound experience of
students choose a university, prepare their application,     different university systems and has traveled to over 200
their interviews, and, most importantly, ready themselves    American, Dutch, German, Spanish and British universities
for the transition to university life far from home.         to expand her first-hand knowledge, and to be able best to
                                                             advise students.

IV. THINKING MATHEMATICALLY                                  Study Group Leader:

                                                                                                                             St
                                                                                                                             Cambridge
                                                                                                                                Andrews
How can we encourage students to invest time and effort      Prof. Christopher Sangwin. Christopher Sangwin is
in solving challenging problems in mathematics, and in       Professor of Technology Enhanced Science Education at the
related subjects like computing, engineering, and science?   University of Edinburgh. A leading figure in mathematics
Taking advantage of Cambridge's incredible mathematics       education in the UK, he held Senior Lectureships at
and science resources, Study Group participants explore      Birmingham and Loughborough Universities before joining
the process of solving problems by engaging with key         the faculty at Edinburgh. For over a decade he worked with
historic issues in mathematics. The works of seminal         the UK Higher Education Academy to promote the learning
thinkers such as Polya and Lakatos on the nature of          and teaching of university mathematics. His research and
problem-solving are studied in detail. Participants get to   teaching interests include the automatic assessment of
grips with essential questions: What does it mean to solve   mathematics using computer algebra, and the development
a problem? What makes a mathematical proof watertight?       of the STACK system, as well as problem solving using the
How does mathematical proof contrast with evidence in        Moore Method and similar student-centered approaches.
science or an “engineering solution”? How can crowded        He is the author of several books, including How Round

                                                                                                                             Preliminary Program
contemporary curricula accommodate problem-solving           is Your Circle?, which illustrates and investigates the links
as a core theme? How can teachers nurture confident          between mathematics and engineering using physical
problem-solving skills in their students?                    models.

V. LEARNING MANAGEMENT                                       Study Group Leader:

Under the guidance of educationists, participants in this    Dr. Emma Carter. Emma has been a Research Associate
Study Group address some of the core issues in learning      for the Research for Equitable Access and Learning
management, such as curriculum development, lesson-          (REAL) Centre at the University of Cambridge since 2017.
planning, retaining student attention, and dealing with      Her current position involves working for Mastercard
occasionally conflictual parental expectations. This Study   Foundation’s Leaders in Teaching Initiative, a project
Group is a learning experience but it is also a forum in     aimed at transforming teaching and learning in secondary
which ideas are exchanged. As participants address these     education across Africa. Prior to this, Emma worked on
challenging issues, they share their best practices in       the Complementary Basic Education initiative in Ghana.
dealing with them.                                           Since working at the REAL Centre, Emma has undertaken
                                                             research collaborations with Laterite Rwanda, the World
                                                             Bank, the Department for International Development UK,
                                                             and the University of Sussex. Emma has over 10 years of
                                                             experience working in leading international schools. She
                                                             has taught at, among others, Wesley College, Melbourne;
                                                             The Western Academy of Beijing; Victoria International
                                                             School, Sharjah; the Perse Preparatory School, Cambridge.
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D A Y                 1                             • English Literature
                                                                                               EL1: Why Literature?: Why do we teach literature, and how do we
                                                                                               do so? What is the purpose of studying books, plays, and poems?
                      4.00pm · Welcome to Peterhouse                                           Is it to learn about society, about others, or about ourselves? Or
                        Dr. Sophie Pickford                                                    is it not about learning anything, but rather about experiencing
                        Dr. Pickford greets participants in Peterhouse and outlines            and appreciating literary craft and beauty? Visit to King’s College,
                        the program.                                                           nursery to many great Cambridge novelists.

                                                                                               • Applying to University
                      5.00pm · Plenary Session: Introducing Cambridge                          AU1: The Right Place for Me? Participants are introduced to
                        Dr. Sophie Pickford                                                    UK universities and the different approaches to teaching. How
                        Dr. Pickford introduces Cambridge on foot. On a leisurely              should students understand and interpret these?
                        stroll the group takes in some of the town and University’s
                        main landmarks – King’s College Chapel, Great St. Mary’s               • Thinking Mathematically
                                                                                               TM1: Teacher as Student: How do we go about solving math
                        Church, and Senate House. Dr. Pickford explains the unique
                                                                                               problems ourselves? What are the purposes of struggling with
                        college system that Cambridge and Oxford share, creating               mathematical problems, and what pedagogical and scholarly
                        some the richest learning environments in the world.                   strategies are there for tackling them?

                        An Art Historian with an affiliation to King’s College, Cambridge,     • Learning Management
                        where she is an ASCR, Dr. Pickford graduated top of her year with      LM1: Course Planning: How to build a curriculum from scratch?
Cambridge
   Andrews

                        Starred First Class Honours in History of Art from King’s, where
                        she was a Scholar and recipient of the Rylands Prize. Her PhD        11.30am · At the close of each Study Group meeting, teachers
                        research was on Renaissance French Château Interiors. Following      visit specific locations around Cambridge connected with the
                        this, she became a Junior Research Fellow at St. Edmund’s College,
                                                                                             morning’s subject.
                        Cambridge, and was a Research Associate for a project led by
St

                        Professor Deborah Howard. Sophie then digressed into law, picking
                        up a First Class Law degree and working as a lawyer in London and    12.30pm · Lunch
                        Singapore for several years before returning to academia. She now
                        works in Cambridge on early twentieth-century British art, and       2.00pm · Plenary Session: Cambridge Past and Present
                        teaches History of Art to Cambridge undergraduates.                    Mr. Anthony Bowen

                      6.30pm · Dinner at Peterhouse                                            A Fellow of Jesus College, where he teaches Classics, Mr. Bowen
                        Dinner is served in the college dining hall. Before dinner,            served as the University Orator for 15 years. He is an expert in the
                        teachers gather in the Peterhouse bar and common room                  history of Cambridge.
                        for drinks and conversation.
                                                                                             4.00pm · Tea
Preliminary Program

                      8.00pm · Social Outing
                        Optional trip to a local pub with fellow participants and            4.30pm · Plenary Session: From Big Bangs to Big Rips - A
                        the Study Group leaders.                                             History of Modern Cosmology
                                                                                               Dr. Matthew Bothwell
                                            D A Y                2                             From Isaac Newton to Stephen Hawking, Cambridge has
                                                                                               been at the forefront of scientific discovery for centuries.
                      9.00am · Study Groups
                                                                                               Dr. Bothwell shares the history of modern cosmology,
                        Under the guidance of the Study Group leader, each group
                                                                                               guiding participants from major breakthroughs to the latest
                        meets every day to cover a number of specific topics:
                                                                                               research in the field.
                            • Why History Matters
                                WHM1: The Subjects of History: The week begins                 Matthew Bothwell is an astrophysicist based at the Kavli Institute
                                     by looking at what historical periods and topics          for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. His current work
                                        are covered in different national school and           in observational astronomy uses the cutting-edge facilities at
                                           university curricula, and how these have            Cambridge to study the evolution of galaxies across cosmic time.
                                             changed over time. What social and
                                               political forces influence how and what
                                                kind of history is taught, and how           6.30pm · Dinner
                                                  can we use these debates to teach
                                                    history and civics to our students?      7.30pm · Evensong at King’s College Chapel
                                                                                             Participants experience a traditional evensong service with
                                                                                             world-class choral music amidst the architectual splendor of
                                                                                             the King’s College Chapel

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D A Y                 3                                                 D A Y                 4
9.00am · Study Groups meet                                              9.00am · Study Groups meet

  • Why History Matters                                                   • Why History Matters
  WHM2: History and Anthropology: A session on comparative                WHM3: Art in History: An exploration of how art has shocked
  history using anthropological and ethnographic approaches.              and shaped the world, examining examples from ancient,
  How far can we extrapolate information about past societies             medieval, and modern societies in which works of art have had
  from our knowledge and understanding of contemporary                    an influence on social, cultural, and religious life. Visit to the
  ones? Visit to the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and                  Fitzwilliam Museum.
  Anthropology.
                                                                          • English Literature
  • English Literature                                                    EL3: Themes and Contexts: How do we teach students difficult
  EL2: A Cambridge Tradition: The Study Group takes a deep                texts, and why? Can “difficulty” generate anything constructive,
  dive into Practical Criticism, founded in the early 20th century        or only frustration? And how best to address difficulty in the
  in Cambridge and still a central and compulsory part of the             classroom? Visit to the Pepys Library at Magdalene College.
  Cambridge undergraduate curriculum.
                                                                          • Applying to University
  • Applying to University                                                AU3: School Examinations: The group discovers how British

                                                                                                                                               Cambridge
                                                                                                                                               St Andrews
  AU2: Subject Focus: Many British universities require students          universities rate different examinations and about the application
  to apply for one subject. How to prepare them for this level of         process, particularly the personal statement, and what British
  specialization when they are not used to it at school? What are the     professors are looking for in letters of recommendation.
  advantages and disadvantages of engaging with one field so early?
  How do non-UK students cope?                                            • Thinking Mathematically
                                                                          TM3: Experimental Learning: How can we use experimental
  • Thinking Mathematically                                               evidence to form conjectures of our own? How can we move
  TM2: Mathematical Reasoning: What are the different                     beyond conjectures to a hypothesis, and how are hypotheses
  forms of reasoning available to us? How does exploration and            challenged, developed, and refined? Visit of the laboratories at
  inductive reasoning contrast with deduction and logic? How do           the Cambridge Department of Engineering.
  external authority and personal experience interplay to form
  mathematical knowledge? Visit of the Cambridge Department               • Learning Management
  of Pure Mathematics.                                                    LM3: From ice-breakers to self-study: Building learners'
                                                                          capacity through a gradual release of responsibility.
  • Learning Management
  LM2: Lesson Planning: Writing the perfect lesson plan.                12.30pm · Lunch

                                                                                                                                               Preliminary Program
12.30pm · Lunch                                                         2.30pm · Plenary Session: Guided Tour of the Fitzwilliam

2.30pm · Optional Punting Session                                       4.00pm · Tea

4.00pm · Tea                                                            4.30pm · Plenary Session: Literature Makes History: How
4.30pm ·Plenary Session: Forms of Literary Criticism                    Poets Helped End Slavery
  Dr. Ross Wilson                                                         Professor James Basker
  Dr. Wilson opens up the world of literary study at                      Professor Basker addresses participants on how literature
  Cambridge and shares key insights from his latest work,                 and history intersect and overlap, focusing on the
  Critical Forms, a history of the genres of critical writing.            antislavery movement.

  Ross Wilson is a Lecturer in Criticism in the Faculty of English        James Basker is the Richard Gilder Professor of Literary History
  and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he teaches            at Barnard College, Columbia University, the President of
  undergraduates and graduates. He writes on a wide range of              the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the
  topics including the history, theory, and practice of literary          Founder of Oxbridge Academic Programs. He is the author
  criticism, British and European Romanticism, and English                of several books on history and literature, including, most
  poetry from 1750 to the present.                                        recently, American Anti-Slavery Writings (2012).

                                                                        6.30pm · Dinner
6.30pm · Dinner                                                         7.30pm · Musical Soirée at the Cambridge Botanical
7.30pm · Plenary Session: Bloomsbury Art and the Ballet                 Gardens
(1922-1932)
   Dr. Sophie Pickford
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D A Y                 5                                                 D A Y               6
                      9.00am · Study Groups meet                                                  9.00am · Study Groups meet
                          • Why History Matters                                                     • Why History Matters
                          WHM4: History through Literature: This session explores how               WHM5: Forces of Historical Change: An examination of the
                          literary fiction might be used to deepen our understanding of a           different ways historians from antiquity to modernity have
                          particular period or issue, looking at contemporary imaginative
                                                                                                    explained historical change as influenced by humans, and
                          reconstructions of the past, and at poetry and drama from the
                          past, focusing on the theme of war.                                       as shaped by environment, climate, and disease. Visit of the
                                                                                                    Cambridge Museum of Classical Archaeology.
                          • English Literature
                          EL4: Shakespeare in Performance: Teachers discuss historicist             • English Literature
                          readings, gender, and Shakespeare as a cultural icon.                     EL5: Whose Opinion Matters?: Is the author’s word the last
                                                                                                    word, and if not what other points of reference do we have
                          • Applying to University                                                  as readers? The group considers authority, opinion, and taste.
                          AU4: School Examinations: Interviews: We examine universities             Visit of the G. David Antiquarian Bookshop and The Haunted
                          that interview, such as Oxford and Cambridge. What are they               Bookshop for treasures and hidden Cambridge history.
                          looking for in a student? Can students be prepared for the
Cambridge
St Andrews

                          interview?                                                                • Applying to University
                                                                                                    AU5: Preparing for University: How do we prepare students
                                                                                                    to go overseas to study and for the culture shock of British
                          • Thinking Mathematically                                                 universities?
                          TM4: Argumentation: What is the interplay between definitions,
                          experimental evidence, deductive proofs, and the statements of            • Thinking Mathematically
                          a formal theorem? How do arguments get challenged, refuted,               TM5: Rethinking Problem Solving: How can teachers use
                          and proved? What are the differences between problem solving              problems and problem-solving to make math and its sister
                          as professional research, and problem solving by students? Visit          subjects come alive and seem relevant to students? What
                          to the Cambridge Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory.                     resources are available to us? How might technology in the
                                                                                                    classroom be used to enhance the students’ experience of
                          • Learning Management                                                     solving problems in traditional ways? Visit of the Centre for
                          LM4: Handling the Parents: How do educators negotiate                     Computing History.
                          parental involvement and expectations.
                                                                                                    • Learning Management
                                                                                                    LM5: To Discipline and Punish: Write this out 100 times, the
                      12.30pm · Lunch                                                               purpose of punishment
Preliminary Program

                      2.00pm · Plenary Session: War in the Nazi Imagination                       12.30pm · Lunch
                        Professor Richard Evans
                          Since acting as principal expert witness in the David Irving libel      2.00pm · Plenary Session: Tour of the Parker Library
                          trial, Professor Evans’s work has dealt with Holocaust denial and the
                          clash of epistemologies when history enters the courtroom. He has
                          published a large-scale history of the Third Reich in three volumes.    4.00pm · Tea
                          He has been Editor of the Journal of Contemporary History since
                          1998 and a judge of the Wolfson Literary Award for History since
                          1993. Over the years, his work has won the Wolfson Literary Award       4.30pm · Plenary Session: How do Scientists Develop
                          for History, the William H. Welch Medal of the American Association     New Medicines
                          for the History of Medicine, the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary
                          History, and the Hamburg Medaille für Kunst und Wissenschaft. His       Sarah Madden
                          most recent book is on 1815-1914 for the Penguin History of Europe.       Sarah is a member of a research team that focuses on a class of
                                                                                                    proteins with very distinctive architectures, known as tandem-
                      4.00pm · Tea
                                                                                                    repeat proteins.
                      6.30pm · Dinner with Gates Scholars at Peterhouse
                                                                                                  6.30pm · Dinner

                                                                                                  8.00pm · The Cambridge Challenge
                                                                                                    A light-hearted test of intellect, wit, and general knowledge
                                                                                                    at a local pub

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9.00am · Study Groups meet                                          9.00am · Farewell Breakfast and Departure

  • Why History Matters                                             "A well-organized and interesting program to make for an
  WHM6: Why History? Reflecting on the week, the group              enriching week in an inspiring location. The organisers and
  discusses defenses of history both as an enriching intellectual   group leaders were enthusiastic and passionate, incredibly
  exercise and as a means of helping this latest generation of      generous with their time and expertise, warm and welcoming
  students to understand their pasts and their presents.            and genuinely showed an interest in the teachers. I am very
                                                                    keen to attend another one of these programs in the near
  • English Literature                                              future."
  EL6: Making Literature Come Alive!: The final session explores
  how we can use our students' personal stories and experiences,
  our school and local settings, and even props to bring works to   "I would recommend the Oxbridge Teacher Seminars to
  life.                                                             all educators. The educational opportunities go beyond the
                                                                    classroom, extending into the cultural and social experiences
  • Applying to University                                          provided by the host city and country."
  AU6: What Future? Reading the tea-leaves, participants discuss

                                                                                                                                    Cambridge
  the challenges facing British universities and how these might
  influence the decision to apply there.                            CTS Participants, 2017
  • Thinking Mathematically
  TM6: Planning Session: With new ideas to consider, as well as
  new tactics and strategies in mind, participants conclude the
  Study Group with a planning session to prepare for the new
  academic year.

  • Learning Management
  LM6: Homework! How best to structure assignments

  2.00pm · Participants’ Forum
  Participants meet to reflect on the week and to discuss
  ways in which their experiences might influence their
  classroom teaching and other projects. This is followed by

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  an optional walk to the Grantchester tea rooms.

8.00pm · Reception and Formal Dinner at Peterhouse
  The group celebrates the conclusion of the seminar
  with a formal evening. First, a drinks reception in the
  Peterhouse Fellows' Garden, followed by a final dinner in
  the atmospheric Combination Room.

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All Souls College, Oxford, and the Hawkesmoor towers that are said to have given rise to the expression "ivory tower."
Oxford

                                                                                             Oxford           TEACHER SEMINAR
                                                                                                              July 5 - July 12, 2020

                       T     H     E         C O          L    L     E    G     E

                       Oxford has hosted a scholarly community for over 900 years, and continues to be one of the world's most important
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                       intellectual and cultural centers. Our Teacher Seminar is housed in the beautiful, peaceful setting of Worcester College,
                       near the Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers, and Natural Science Museums, Oxford University Press, and several historic pubs and cafes.
                       The Bodleian Library is within easy walking distance, as is the commercial bustle of Broad and High Streets.

                       Worcester College lies on a site that has been used for academic purposes since the thirteenth century. Originally known
                       as Gloucester College, it was founded in 1283, for the education of Benedictine monks. Gloucester College was closed-
                       down during the dissolution, in the 1530s, only to re-emerge for a brief period - following Benjamin Woodroffe's effort to
                       transform it into a home for Greek Orthodox students - as Greek College. In 1714 it was re-endowed by Sir Thomas Cookes
                       as Worcester College. In addition to twenty-six acres of land that include a lake and a park, Worcester is known for buildings
                       designed by renowned 18th- and 19th-century architects, including Henry Keene, Nicholas Hawksmoor, and James Wyatt.
                       These stand alongside substantial medieval remnants of Gloucester College that are still in use today. Worcester boasts
                       many notable alumni, among them Rupert Murdoch, Emma Watson, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.

                       Teacher Seminar participants live in comfortable rooms in the College. The rooms are all en-suite and there is wifi. Meals
                       are taken in the College dining hall. Breakfast is primarily continental, while a variety of entrée options are available at
                       dinner, including vegetarian dishes.

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Oxford Teacher Seminar participants enjoy life in a traditional Oxford college and a meeting of minds with leading
academics and educators from the University. At the heart of the Seminar are Study Groups, each with a different focus,

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offering detailed discussion and exploration of a special subject. Each morning these groups meet individually to discuss
a series of topics. These sessions are complemented in the afternoons by a plenary program of speakers, workshops,
outings, and events. Teachers select one Study Group for the duration of the week and participate in every plenary
session.

Teacher Seminar participants select the Study Group that they would like to join on the Application Form at the back
of this brochure. In advance of the summer, Study Group leaders recommend optional preparatory reading for all
participants. We also ask participants to bring their own proposed topics for discussion, specific to their Study Group.
The Study Groups available in summer 2020 are as follows (descriptions are provisional but indicative):

I. LITERATURE AND THE FANTASTIC                                     Study Group Leader and Seminar Director:

This course focuses on the works of six of the most                 Dr. Matthew Kerr. Formerly a departmental Lecturer in
prominent children’s fantasy authors of the past 150                English at the University of Oxford, Dr. Kerr is currently

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years. Four of these (Lewis Carroll, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R.          working as a Lecturer in Southampton while completing a
Tolkien, and Philip Pullman) were or are Oxford-based;              book about the sea in 19th-century literature. His research
particular attention will be paid to their biographies and          interests include the Victorian novel – especially the novels
their interactions with the University and Oxford town              of Dickens, Conrad, and Frederick Marryat – and the
life. Each seminar will cover both a special author whose           history of emotions. He has taught and lectured on a wide
work will be featured, and an investigative topic designed          range of subjects, including film adaptation and Victorian
to focus the discussion around issues relevant to both              children’s literature. Dr. Kerr’s latest project focuses on John
readers and teachers of fantasy literature. In addition             Stuart Mill’s private library. He completed his doctorate in
to learning about the history and background of these               English Literature at Trinity College, Oxford, where he was
canonical texts, seminar participants will be encouraged            a Clarendon Scholar. Prior to taking up his Lectureship he
to develop new and imaginative ways of teaching them.               taught at a number of Oxford colleges, including Magdalen,
                                                                    Keble, and Christ Church, and at the University of Lincoln.

II. THE LIBRARY AND THE ACADEMY                                     Study Group Leader:

Libraries are at the very heart of every educational institution,   Steven Archer. The College Librarian at Christ Church,
from the smallest school to Oxford University. Designed             Steven read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic in Cambridge,
for librarians and others with an interest in how libraries         and then undertook a Masters in Library and Information
contribute to the intellectual and cultural life of the academy,    Studies at University College, London. He has worked in
this Study Group draws on the resources of the more than            the libraries of Trinity and Christ’s Colleges, Cambridge,
60 libraries that constitute the Oxford University library          and was Head of Reference at the London Library. He
system. Because of the great wealth and antiquity of library        joined Christ Church in September 2016 from his post
resources in Oxford, participants have the opportunity to           as Curator and Digital Projects Librarian at the Parker
visit medieval libraries that have chained books, see exhibits      Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. His research
drawn from rare collections, and visit the Bodleian Library,        centers around the impact of the tenth-century monastic
looking at it not only historically but in relation to a wide       reform movement on manuscript production in England,
range of current issues. Participants meet experts from             the social function of books in the medieval world, the
several fields of library science and archive management.           interplay between script and print, and the survival of
                                                                    medieval libraries during the Reformation.

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III. SHAKESPEARE IN HISTORY                                   Study Group Leader:

                      Focused on the most influential poet and playwright           Dr. Tim Smith-Laing. A writer and critic based in London,
                      in western civilization, this Study Group examines            Dr. Smith-Laing completed his doctorate at Merton
                      Shakespeare’s works, popularity, and literary legacy.         College, Oxford, with a thesis on the interpretation
 Oxford

                      Looking beyond his life, contemporary depictions,             of Greek mythology in European literature, paying
                      and immediate reception, participants go on to study          special attention to the mythographical backgrounds
                      his sources, his collaborators, and his influence. They       of Boccaccio, Chaucer, and Shakespeare. He was a
                      explore how plays have been revised and re-written over       lecturer in English literature at Jesus College, Oxford,
                      the centuries, according to popular taste and political       and taught at Sciences Po, in Paris, before deciding
                      will, as well as how selected plays have been adapted         to concentrate on writing and journalism. Examining
                      for television and film, as specialist performances and       subjects as diverse as early modern philosophy,
                      Hollywood blockbusters. The Study Group also looks at         internet addiction, and Hieronymus Bosch, he is a
                      how Shakespeare can be taught in the classroom through        book critic for The Telegraph, a contributor to Frieze,
                      performance.                                                  Apollo: The International Art Magazine, and The Literary
                                                                                    Review. He is currently working on a cultural history
                                                                                    of chance, Fortuna: The Lives of Lady Luck from Ancient
                                                                                    Athens to Quantum Physics.
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                      IV. ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES                                     Study Group Leader:

                      Many school-age students regard pollution and the             Dr. Joanna Bagniewska. A zoologist with a doctorate
                      associated threat of climate change as the biggest            from Oxford, Dr. Bagniewska specializes in the overlap
                      challenges to their futures. Not surprisingly, many are now   between zoology and technology. Her research at
                      seeking out further studies and careers in environmental      Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit
                      fields. This Study Group is designed to help educators        focused on using biotelemetric methods to examine
                      address key flashpoints – such as the extent of climate       the behavior of semi-aquatic animals. Her academic
                      change, rising sea levels, specie disappearance - and         interests include behavioral ecology and conservation
                      discusses how to incorporate them into syllabi. It also       biology. Currently a Teaching Fellow at the University
                      addresses responses to environmental threats and how          of Reading, Dr. Bagniewska has also held appointments
                      students can already play a part in these as they become      at Nottingham Trent University and Oxford. She has
                      global citizens.                                              worked on a number of species, ranging from wombats
                                                                                    and wallabies to mole-rats and jackals.

                      V. LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES IN CONTEMPORARY                      Study Group Leader:
                      EDUCATION

                      This Study Group is intended for emerging leaders within      John Allman. The Head of School at Trinity School in New
                      schools. Led by an experienced school head, the Group         York, a K-12 coeducational day school serving almost 1000
                      will focus on a selection of key issues that every school     students on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Mr. Allman
                      leader must face today, such as curriculum reform, the        began his career teaching English at his alma mater, the
                      uses and abuses of technology, the pros and cons of           Lovett School, in Atlanta, Georgia. Following graduate
                      parental engagement, faculty retention and development,       studies, he taught at St. Mark’s School of Texas, in Dallas,
                      socioeconomic inequality, academic versus extracurricular     becoming chair of its English Department in 1990. In 1994
                      balance, and relations with the broader community.            he returned to the Lovett School as principal of the Upper
                      Alongside, the Study Group will tackle daily case studies     School. He was appointed headmaster at St. John’s School
                      and crisis management scenarios that arise over the           in Houston in 1998, where he served for eleven years,
                      course of a school year and collaborate to work out           before his appointment to Trinity in 2009.
                      possible responses.

                      On the following pages, the Oxford Teacher Seminar’s provisional schedule provides an idea of how Study Groups
                      blend with the plenary program. It is representative but not exact, and is subject to change.
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                                                                      ES1: Convincing Skeptics: Why is climate change so
                                                                      controversial? What in our cultures, politics, and lifestyles
4.00pm · Welcome to Worcester College                                 fuels this controversy? How do scientists model it and why
  Dr. Matthew Kerr

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                                                                      have these models proved so contentious?
  Dr. Kerr greets participants in Worcester College and
  outlines the program.                                               • Leadership Challenges in Contemporary Education
                                                                      CE1: Setting a Vision: Building a successful school and
                                                                      making leadership work at every level, a personal view.
5.00pm · Plenary Session: An Introductory Walking
Tour of Oxford
  Mr. Konrad Chatterjee                                              11.30am · At the close of each Study Group meeting,
  Mr. Chatterjee explains some of the history of Worcester           teachers visit specific locations around Oxford connected
  College and the University of Oxford, as well as of the            with the morning’s subject.
  College system that gives the University its character. A
  short tour orients new arrivals as they explore the grounds        12.30pm · Lunch
  of the college and their immediate surroundings, which
  include the Ashmolean, the Playhouse, St Giles, and                2.00pm · Plenary Session: Why Literature Matters: How
  Cornmarket.                                                        Poets Helped to End Slavery
                                                                       Prof. James Basker
6.30pm · Dinner at Worcester College                                  A former Rhodes Scholar, Professor Basker discusses

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  Dinner is served in the Worcester College dining hall.              the relationship of literature to history in the abolition
  Before dinner, teachers gather for drinks.                          campaign, drawing upon his own Amazing Grace
                                                                      (2002) and American Antislavery Writings (2012).
8.00pm · Social Outing
  Optional local walking tour to see Oxford at dusk, with
  choice of a concert or conversation in a local pub.                "Please continue the Oxbridge mission to stimulate and
                                                                     nurture educators' intellects rather than require them
                     D A Y                2                          to focus on educational trends and produce lesson plans.
                                                                     The content of the instruction and the rich setting will
9.00am · Study Groups meet                                           naturally and organically be shared and communicated
  Under the guidance of the Study Group leader, each                 with students."
  group meets every day to cover a number of specific                        2017 OTS Attendee.
  topics:

  • Literature and the Fantastic
  LF1: Defining Fantasy: Participants examine Lewis Carroll’s
  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-
  Glass in an effort to reach a preliminary definition of the
  genre. The session includes a field trip to Christ Church
  College to explore the surroundings that inspired Carroll’s
  tales.

  • The Library and the Academy
  LA1: The Role of the Library: In this opening session,
  participants discuss the role of the library in universities and
  schools across the world, and its place in 21st-century society
  in general. The discussion will be followed by a tour of the
  world-famous Bodleian Library.

  • Shakespeare in History
  SH1: Shakespearean Biography: Issues surrounding
  Shakespeare’s life; religious beliefs; sexuality; images of
  Shakespeare, from the First Folio onwards; competing
  depictions of the playwright.

   One of Oxford's many ghoulish gargoyles
   looks down on proceedings.
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4.00pm · Tea
                                                                                         2.00pm · Plenary Session: A Tour of Christ Church
                      4.30pm · Plenary Session: Edward Lear's Feelings                   Library
                        Dr. Jasmine Jagger                                                 Dr. David Rundle
Oxford

                       Jasmine Jagger is a Lecturer at St Edmund Hall and Postdoctoral
                                                                                           An authority on Oxford Libraries and on Medieval and
                       Research Assistant at the Faculty of English, working on a          Early Modern book collecting, Dr. Rundle gives an
                       project entitled 'Knowing Edward Lear', in cooperation with         insider’s tour of this magnificent library, looking at its
                       Harvard, The Tennyson Society, Tennyson Research Centre,            historic, institutional, and architectural setting.
                       Oxford, and the BBC. She specialises in Victorian manuscript
                       study, the poetry and poetics of the 19th and 20th centuries,     4.00pm · Tea
                       children's literature, nonsense, the medical humanities, and
                       literature and visual culture.
                                                                                         4.30pm · Plenary Session: Round-table discussion
                      6.30pm · Dinner in Hall                                            with Rhodes Scholars at Oxford
                                                                                           Each year, Oxbridge Academic Programs employs a
                      7.30pm · Optional outing: Concert, recital, or play                  large number of Rhodes Scholars - more than any
                        Participants pick a performance from the vast array on             other organization in the world - as teachers on our
                        offer every night in Oxford.                                       student programs. They study and teach at Oxford
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                                                                                           University as members of individual colleges and in a
                                         D A Y                3                            wide variety of departments. They talk to participants
                                                                                           about intellectual life at Oxford.
                      9.00am · Study Groups meet
                                                                                         6.30pm · Dinner
                       • Literature and the Fantastic
                       LF2: Of This And Other Worlds: A close analysis of Tolkien’s                          D A Y                4
                       world-building in The Lord of the Rings. How does he use
                       geography to create an immersive fantasy landscape?               9.00am · Study Groups meet
                       How does he populate an entire society? And how can we
                       contextualize his epic against the background of the Great
                       War? The session concludes with a trip to Merton College,           • Literature and the Fantastic
                       Tolkien’s alma mater.                                               LF3: C. S. Lewis and Politics: With particular attention
                                                                                           paid to The Chronicles of Narnia, how does Lewis make use
                       • The Library and the Academy                                       of medievalism, Christianity, and Oxford itself as generic
                       LA2: The Classic Oxford College Library: Oxford has many            markers? How has contemporary scholarship tackled issues
                       great libraries besides the Bodleian, particularly those of         of gender and race in his writing?
                       the colleges which make up the University. Participants visit
                       Trinity College, and learn how its library has been an integral     • The Library and the Academy
                       part of its teaching since its foundation. What lessons can be      LA3: Children’s Literature and the Next Generation of
                       learned from its management, and how universal are they?            Readers: What place do books have in children’s lives in
                                                                                           the 21st century? To help answer this question, participants
                       • Shakespeare in History                                            explore some of the earliest printed books in the Bodleian’s
                       SH2: Shakespeare in Context: How much does historical               collection, and the world famous Opie Collection of Children’s
                       context matter to critical readings of Shakespeare? How can         Literature.
                       a detailed understanding of the circumstances in which his
                       plays were written improve our knowledge of them, and vice          • Shakespeare in History
                       versa?                                                              SH3: The Bard’s Precursors: How was Shakespeare influenced
                                                                                           by other writers, such as Chaucer, Gower, and Lydgate? What
                                                                                           impact did traditions of popular and courtly entertainments
                       • Environmental Studies
                                                                                           have on his writing? And how accurate a depiction of the
                       ES2: Best or Worst of Enemies: The Environment and                  Middle Ages do his plays provide?
                       the Economy: Can they coexist? Is there such a thing as
                       environmentally sound economic growth?                              • Environmental Studies
                                                                                           ES3: Species Disappearance: How fast is it really happening?
                       • Leadership Challenges in Contemporary Education                   Are there patterns emerging? Is there a tipping point? Can
                       CE2: Deploying Technology: From the blackboard to the               anything be done about it?
                       iPad, technology old and new. A history of tools used by
                       pedagogues; the challenges and opportunities offered by             • Leadership Challenges in Contemporary Education
                       new and emerging technologies; and the prospect of ever             CE3: Comparative and International Education; Curriculum
                       more Web-based learning.                                            reform: Do they really do things better abroad? Can we learn
                                                                                           from comparative educational studies? Balancing learning:
                      12.30pm · Lunch                                                      are our schools too academic or do we care too much about
                                                                                           extra-curriculars?
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12.30pm · Lunch                                                          Seminar participants visit the famous Bodleian Library.

2.00pm · Plenary Session: The Private Life of the
Diary

                                                                                                                                        Oxford
  Dr. Sally Bayley

Sally Bayley is a tutor in English at Balliol and St. Hugh’s Colleges,
Oxford and a member of the Oxford University English Faculty.
She is the author of Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath’s Art of the Visual
(2007), the first study of Plath’s art work in relation to her body of
poetry and prose. It was featured in the Sunday Times magazine,
on Radio 4 and at the Royal Festival Hall. She has since published
The Private Life of the Diary: from Pepys to Tweets, telling the
story of the diary as a coming of age story, and an autobiography,
Girl With Dove (2018).

4.00pm · Tea

4.30pm · Plenary Session: A Matter of Principles

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  Professor Sir Christopher Ricks
The William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities
at Boston University, Dr. Ricks was formerly professor of English
at Bristol, at Cambridge and, in 2004, was elected Professor of
Poetry at Oxford. He is known both for his critical studies and for
his editorial work. Recent publications include The Poems of T.
S. Eliot (2015). He is the author of, among others, Milton’s Grand
Style (1963), Decisions and Revisions in T. S. Eliot (2003), Dylan’s
Visions of Sin (2004), and True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony
Hecht, and Robert Lowell under the Sign of Eliot and Pound
(2010).

6.30pm · Dinner followed by an optional outing.

  "Clive was amazing. Every one of our site visits began
  with Clive leading us past the "No visitors beyond this
  point" or "Staff only" sign. He was able to arrange
  entry into places closed to the general public."

            2016 Library and the Academy Participant

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                      9.00am · Study Groups meet                                                    9.00am · Study Groups meet
Oxford

                       • Literature and the Fantastic                                                • Literature and the Fantastic
                       LF4: The Postmodern Fantasy: This session focuses on                          LF5: The Wizarding World:            Story, class, and the
                       Philip Pullman, and particularly His Dark Materials. How                      consumption of magic in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. To
                       might the “Republic of Heaven” be understood as a critique                    what extent is Harry an archetypal literary hero? Participants
                       of various political systems? How persuasively does Pullman                   visit the Eagle and Child pub, home of the Inklings.
                       build an alternative version of Oxford?
                                                                                                     • The Library and the Academy
                       • The Library and the Academy                                                 LA5: The Role of the Library in Society: Public libraries,
                       LA4: OUP: It is often forgotten that Oxford University Press                  school libraries, academic research libraries; intellectual
                       is a department of the University. In this session, participants              freedom, copyright, censorship; the evolution of library
                       meet the team responsible for constantly revising the Oxford                  science.
                       English Dictionary. They explain how they use libraries to
                       guide and inform their endeavors.                                             • Shakespeare in History
                                                                                                     SH5: Shakespeare Re-Written: Restoration Shakespeare;
                       • Shakespeare in History                                                      interpretations, revisions, and happy endings; Nahum Tate’s
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                       SH4: Contemporaries and Collaborators: This session                           King Lear; William Davenant’s The Tempest; the Romantic
                       explores the interplay and influence between Elizabethan                      Shakespeare; the birth of bardolatry.
                       and Jacobean theater, as well as Fletcher, Marlowe, Middleton,
                       the culture of patronage, and the business of theater.                        • Environment Studies
                                                                                                     ES5: Climate Solutions 2: Carbon Offset: Anything more
                       • Environmental Studies                                                       than a gigantic ponzi-scheme?
                       ES4: Climate Solutions 1: Global initiatives: Nothing more
                       than empty slogans nobody intends to honor?                                   • Leadership Challenges in Contemporary Education
                                                                                                     CE5: Trip to Radley College: In this session participants visit
                       • Leadership Challenges in Contemporary Education                             Radley College, a famous boarding school outside Oxford.
                       CE4: The Death of Science and the Triumph of the Arts:                        The group discusses meritocratic education. What role will it
                       How to make Science and Math attractive.                                      play in 21st-century teaching?

                      12.30pm · Lunch                                                               12.30pm · Lunch

                      2.00pm · Plenary Session: Why Math is Relevant to All                         2.00pm · Plenary Session: How Does Electricity Flow
                      Subjects                                                                      Through A Single Molecule?
                        Prof. Christopher Sangwin                                                     Dr. Jan Mol
                        Professor Sangwin discusses how to make math fun and
                        relevant to all school disciplines.                                          Dr. Mol studies quantum transport in nano-scale silicon
                                                                                                     transistors and single molecule junctions. In state-of-the-art
                       The Professor of Mathematics Education at Edinburgh University,               silicon transistors the active channel region is so small that it may
                       Christopher worked for over a decade with the UK Higher Education             only contain a single dopant atom. Using a series of microwave
                       Academy to promote the learning and teaching of university                    pulses this atom can be brought into a coherent superposition
                       mathematics. He is the author of the award-winning book How                   of quantum states, which can be read-out electrically. Similarly,
                       Round is Your Circle?                                                         evidence of quantum interference in a single molecule can be
                                                                                                     found by measuring the charge transport through it. The aim of
                      4.00pm · Tea                                                                   his research is to harness quantum interference and superposition
                                                                                                     in atomic and molecular electronic devices.
                      4.30pm · Plenary Session: The Easter Rising and
                      Modern European History
                        Dr. Marc Mulholland
                       A Fellow of St. Catherine’s College, Dr. Mulholland began his academic        “Unlike many professional development programs and
                       career as an expert on Ulster Unionism. Since then his interests have         conferences the Oxford Teacher Seminar was truly a
                       bifurcated: Irish history since the Famine on the one hand, the history of    refreshing week of intellectual stimulation, allowing
                       political thought since the French Revolution on the other.                   participants to encounter new ideas and rekindle that love
                                                                                                     of learning that led them to become teachers in the first
                      6.30pm · Dinner                                                                place.”
                                                                                                              2017 Literature and the Fantastic Participant

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4.30pm · Plenary Session: Astronomy and Poetry                            • Environmental Studies
  Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell                                         ES6: Frightening the Next Generation: How do we discuss
                                                                          climate in school? How do we integrate climate concerns
  Prof. Bell Burnell explores the intersections between
                                                                          into the syllabus and our lives?
  astronomy and poetry. How have great writers attempted

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  to capture the unfathomably large and small dimensions                  • Leadership Challenges in Contemporary Education
  of outer space, time periods of enormous duration, and                  CE6: Building Citizens: The week concludes by tackling
  the beauty of comets, galaxies, and planets in their writing            tough questions about how schools address socio-economic
  – and how successful have they been?                                    inequality within and outside their communities. How do we
                                                                          support our community and build citizen students?
Dame Jocelyn Burnell is a Visiting Professor of Astrophysics in the
University of Oxford and a Fellow of Mansfield College. She previously   12.30pm · Lunch
held positions at the University of Southampton, University College
London, and the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh. In 1999 she was            2.00pm
appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for
                                                                           A free afternoon for individual research, preparation
services to Astronomy, and promoted to Dame Commander (DBE) in
2007. In February 2013, she was included in the “100 Most Powerful         for the concluding Participants’ Forum, and personal
Women in the United Kingdom” list compiled by Woman’s Hour on              goodbyes to Oxford.
BBC Radio 4. In February 2014, she was made President of the Royal
Society of Edinburgh, the first woman to hold that office. She holds     4.30pm · Participants’ Forum
several honorary degrees, and has received many notable awards,            Participants meet in their respective Study Groups to

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including the Royal Medal of the Royal Society in 2015, the Women
                                                                           reflect upon their experiences over the past week and
of the Year Prudential Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, and the
Institute of Physics President’s Medal in 2017.                            present their preliminary findings on ways in which they
                                                                           might influence their professional futures.
6.30pm · Dinner
                                                                         6.30pm · Reception and Final Dinner at Worcester
                                                                         College
7.30pm · Quiz Night
  Teachers meet for an evening of intellectual competition                                 D A Y              8
  and fun.

                                                                         9.00am · Farewell Breakfast and Departure
                      D A Y                  7                               “My Oxford experience was a dream come true."
                                                                                   2016 Shakespeare in History Participant
9.00am · Study Groups meet

  • Literature and the Fantastic
  LF6: The Reception and Afterlife of Fantasy Literature:
  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Trip to
  the Ashmolean Museum.

  • The Library and the Academy
  LA6: The Future of Librarianship and Information Science:
  In this final session the group discusses how modern libraries
  and reading have been transformed by the advent of digital
  technology. A specialist explains how Oxford University is
  coming to terms with new media, and outlines its many
  implications for teaching and research.

  • Shakespeare in History
  SH6: Assessing Shakespeare’s Legacy: During this final
  session the group discusses how each generation idolized,
  interpreted, and revised Shakespeare. What is his position in
  the contemporary literary world?

  Photo: Punts awaiting participants reckless enough to test their
  marine skills.                                                                                                            35 17
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