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                                PETERHOUSE, CAMBRIDGE
                                JUNE 28 - JULY 5

                                OXFORD TEACHER SEMINAR
                                WORCESTER COLLEGE, OXFORD
                                JULY 21 - JULY 28

            SUMMER 2019
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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 28 - July 5, 2019                                   July 21 - July 28, 2019

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 College: A Global Perspective         · Shakespeare in History
  · Thinking Mathematically                           · The Boundaries of Scientific Knowledge
  · Astronomy and Astrophysics                        · Leadership Challenges in Contemporary
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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

The Cambridge Teacher Seminar (June 28 - July 5) 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 21 - July 28) 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 28 - July 5, 2019
Philosophy sets a suitably studious example in the main court of King’s College.

            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

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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 2019 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

                      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

                      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
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                      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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This study group surveys the increasingly global reach of       Heather Thompson Cavalli. Ms Thompson Cavalli
college counseling. Participants discuss college selection      graduated from Columbia University, Barnard College,
processes in different countries; the respective merits of      in 1990, and earned her Master's in Comparative History
SATs, A-Levels, and the IB; the schisms and similarities        at Brandeis University in 1994. She has been a college
between UCAS and the Common Application; the early              counselor and teacher of History, IB History, and IB Theory
decision and early action debates; different types of           of Knowledge at the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz for seven years.
personal statements and essays; and everything in               Before that she was Director of College Counseling at a
between. Led by an American counselor based in Europe,          boarding school in Connecticut for six years, and has been a
this course will be augmented by local experts and guest        teacher of history since 1994. She has profound experience
lecturers.                                                      of different university systems and has traveled to over 200
                                                                American, Dutch, German, Spanish and British universities
                                                                to expand her first-hand knowledge, and to be able best to
                                                                advise students.

IV. THINKING MATHEMATICALLY                                     Study Group Leader:

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. ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS                                   Study Group Leader:

Intended for scientists and, in particular, physics teachers,   Dr. Malak Olamaie. Dr. Olamaie gained her PhD in
but open to all interested participants, the Astronomy          Astrophysics from the University of Cambridge in 2012.
and Astrophysics Study Group will address a selection           Today she is a Research Associate at the Battcock Centre
of key and hot-button topics in both fields. Working            for Experimental Astrophysics in Cambridge's famous
in the university that produced Isaac Newton, Ernest            Cavendish Laboratory. She also holds a position at Imperial
Rutherford, and, more recently, Stephen Hawking, and            College, London, in the Centre for Inference Cosmology.
using a mixture of seminars and visits, educators will be       Her principal research interests and expertise are the
able to reconnect with these evolving disciplines at the        analysis of large data sets, mathematical modelling, the
research level. Together with the Study Group leaders,          analysis of X-ray observations of galaxy clusters, and
they will brainstorm new ways of conveying these                Bayesian inference - a method of statistical inference in
most fundamental but also occasionally overwhelming             which Bayes' theorem is used to update the probability
subjects to their students.                                     for an hypothesis as more evidence becomes available.
                                                                Dr. Olamaie is widely-published, and has contributed to
                                                                over fifty articles in academic journals.

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D A Y                  1                             • Applying to College
                                                                                                 AC1: Challenges: In this opening session we discuss the many
                                                                                                 challenges facing students who aspire to study overseas. How
                      4.00pm · Welcome to Peterhouse                                             can we guide them through a global market? How can they be
                        Dr. Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe                                                prepared for so big a transition? And how do we help parents
                        Dr. Lunn-Rockliffe greets participants in Peterhouse and                 brace themselves for the move?
                        outlines the program.
                                                                                                 • Thinking Mathematically
                                                                                                 TM1: Teacher as Student: How do we go about solving math
                      5.00pm · Plenary Session: Introducing Cambridge                            problems ourselves? What are the purposes of struggling with
                        Dr. Nicholas James                                                       mathematical problems, and what pedagogical and scholarly
                        Dr. James introduces Cambridge on foot. On a leisurely                   strategies are there for tackling them?
                        stroll the group takes in some of the town and University’s
                        main landmarks – King’s College Chapel, Great St. Mary’s                 • Astronomy and Astrophysics
                        Church, and Senate House. Dr. James explains the unique                  AA1: The Astronomer’s Tool-kit: Participants learn about the
                                                                                                 equipment and instrumentation astronomers and astrophysicists
                        college system that Cambridge and Oxford share, creating                 rely on and discover how it is evolving.
                        some the richest learning environments in the world.

                        A consultant in the management and interpretation of historical        11.30am · At the close of each Study Group meeting, teachers
                        resources at Cambridge, where he is also an Affiliated Scholar in      visit specific locations around Cambridge connected with the

                                                                                               morning’s subject.

                        Archeology, Dr. James is an archeologist and historian with varied
                        interests, including the post-Medieval landscape history of the Fens
                        and the architecture of the Aztecs.                                    12.30pm · Lunch

                      6.30pm · Dinner at Peterhouse                                            2.00pm · Plenary Session: Cambridge Past and Present

                        Dinner is served in the college dining hall. Before dinner,              Mr. Anthony Bowen
                        teachers gather in Peterhouse’s bar and common room for
                        drinks and conversation.                                                 A Fellow of Jesus College, where he teaches Classics, Mr. Bowen
                                                                                                 served as the University Orator for 15 years. He is an expert in the
                      8.00pm · Social Outing                                                     history of Cambridge.
                        Optional trip to a local pub with fellow participants and
                        the Study Group leaders.                                               4.00pm · Tea

                                            D A Y                 2                            4.30pm · Plenary Session: From Big Bangs to Big Rips - A
                                                                                               History of Modern Cosmology
Preliminary Program

                      9.00am · Study Groups                                                      Dr. Matthew Bothwell
                        Under the guidance of the Study Group leader, each group                 From Isaac Newton to Stephen Hawking, Cambridge has
                        meets every day to cover a number of specific topics:                    been at the forefront of scientific discovery for centuries.
                        • Why History Matters                                                    Dr. Bothwell shares the history of modern cosmology,
                        WHM1: The Subjects of History: The week begins by looking                guiding participants from major breakthroughs to the latest
                        at what historical periods and topics are covered in different           research in the field.
                        national school and university curricula, and how these have
                        changed over time. What social and political forces influence            Matthew Bothwell is an astrophysicist based at the Kavli Institute
                        how and what kind of history is taught, and how can we use
                                                                                                 for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. His current work
                        these debates to teach history and civics to our students?
                                                                                                 in observational astronomy uses the cutting-edge facilities at
                               • English Literature                                              Cambridge to study the evolution of galaxies across cosmic time.
                                    EL1: Why Literature?: Why do we teach literature,
                                        and how do we do so? What is the purpose               6.30pm · Dinner
                                           of studying books, plays, and poems? Is
                                              it to learn about society, about others,
                                                 or about ourselves? Or is it not about        7.30pm · Evensong at King’s College Chapel
                                                   learning anything, but rather about         Participants experience a traditional evensong service with
                                                     experiencing and appreciating             world-class choral music amidst the architectual splendor of
                                                      literary craft and beauty? Visit to      the King’s College Chapel
                                                        King’s College, nursery to many
                                                         great Cambridge novelists.

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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.
                                                                       • 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 College
  • Applying to College                                                AC3: British Universities: Many British universities require
  AC2: School Examinations: Schools across the world have              students to apply for one subject. How to prepare them for

                                                                                                                                            St Andrews
  divergent ways of examining their students at the end of their       this level of specialization? What are the advantages and
  tenure. In this session, participants discuss the requirements       disadvantages of engaging with one field so early? We also
  and relative merits of A-levels, SATs, and the International         examine universities that interview, such as Oxford and
  Baccalaureate. How do these systems differ, and what is each of      Cambridge; UCAS, and particularly the personal statement;
  them trying to achieve?                                              and what British professors are looking for in letters of
  • Thinking Mathematically
  TM2: Mathematical Reasoning: What are the different                  • Thinking Mathematically
  forms of reasoning available to us? How does exploration and         TM3: Experimental Learning: How can we use experimental
  inductive reasoning contrast with deduction and logic? How do        evidence to form conjectures of our own? How can we move
  external authority and personal experience interplay to form         beyond conjectures to a hypothesis, and how are hypotheses
  mathematical knowledge? Visit of the Cambridge Department            challenged, developed, and refined? Visit of the laboratories at
  of Pure Mathematics.                                                 the Cambridge Department of Engineering.

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics                                         • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  AA2: Cosmic Microwave: Participants learn about Cosmic               AA3: Dark Matter: The hypotheses that lie behind dark matter’s

                                                                                                                                            Preliminary Program
  Microwave Background (CMB) and how it is transforming                notional existence, dark matter’s critics, and how scientists are
  knowledge of the universe and its origins.                           attempting to observe it.

12.30pm · Lunch                                                      12.30pm · Lunch

4.00pm · Tea                                                         4.00pm · Tea

4.30pm ·Plenary Session: Forms of Literary Criticism                 4.30pm · Plenary Session: Literature Makes History: How
  Dr. Ross Wilson                                                    Poets Helped End Slavery
  Dr. Wilson opens up the world of literary study at                   Prof. James Basker
  Cambridge and shares key insights from his latest work,              Prof. Basker addresses participants on how literature and
  Critical Forms, a history of the genres of critical writing.         history intersect and overlap, focusing on the antislavery
  Ross Wilson is a Lecturer in Criticism in the Faculty of English     movement.
  and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he teaches
  undergraduates and graduates. He writes on a wide range of           James Basker is the Richard Gilder Professor of Literary History
  topics including the history, theory, and practice of literary       at Barnard College, Columbia University, the President of
  criticism, British and European Romanticism, and English             the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the
  poetry from 1750 to the present.                                     Founder of Oxbridge Academic Programs. He is the author
                                                                       of several books on history and literature, including, most
                                                                       recently, American Anti-Slavery Writings (2012).
6.30pm · Dinner
                                                                     6.30pm · Dinner
7.30pm · Cambridge Shakespeare Festival Performance
  The group enjoys a Shakespeare play in the picturesque             7.30pm · Social Mixer with The Cambridge Tradition and
  surroundings of a Cambridge college.                               The Cambridge Prep Experience Faculty and Staff in
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                      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 attend a                        • English Literature
                          Shakespeare play that is part of the annual Cambridge                     EL5: Whose Opinion Matters?: Is the author’s word the last
                          Shakespeare Festival and discuss historicist readings, gender,            word, and if not what other points of reference do we have
                          and Shakespeare as a cultural icon.                                       as readers? The group considers authority, opinion, and taste.
                                                                                                    Visit of the G. David Antiquarian Bookshop and The Haunted
                          • Applying to College                                                     Bookshop for treasures and hidden Cambridge history.
                          AC4: European universities: Methods of application vary
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                          across Europe. Today we look at nations such as France and                • Applying to College
                          Switzerland, in which students apply to universities directly.            AC5: American Universties: In this session, we discuss the
                          How can they be prepared for unique entrance examinations                 American Common Application system. Is there such a thing
                          and various levels of language requirements?                              as too many applications? How can students’ personal essays
                                                                                                    be persuasive and compact enough to fit within the word
                          • Thinking Mathematically                                                 limit? What are the benefits and the disadvantages of the early
                          TM4: Argumentation: What is the interplay between definitions,            decision and early action?
                          experimental evidence, deductive proofs, and the statements of
                          a formal theorem? How do arguments get challenged, refuted,               • Thinking Mathematically
                          and proved? What are the differences between problem solving              TM5: Rethinking Problem Solving: How can teachers use
                          as professional research, and problem solving by students? Visit          problems and problem-solving to make math and its sister
                          to the Cambridge Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory.                     subjects come alive and seem relevant to students? What
                                                                                                    resources are available to us? How might technology in the
                          • Astronomy and Astrophysics                                              classroom be used to enhance the students’ experience of
                          AA4: Exoplanets: The science and techniques behind the                    solving problems in traditional ways? Visit of the Centre for
                          search for, and detection of, planets around other stars.                 Computing History.
Preliminary Program

                                                                                                    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
                      12.30pm · Lunch                                                               AA5: Galaxies: How are they formed and how do researchers
                                                                                                    assess and analyze the processes?
                      2.00pm · Plenary Session: War in the Nazi Imagination
                        Professor Richard Evans                                                   12.30pm · Lunch
                          Since acting as principal expert witness in the David Irving libel
                          trial, Professor Evans’s work has dealt with Holocaust denial and the   4.00pm · Tea
                          clash of epistemologies when history enters the courtroom. He has
                          published a large-scale history of the Third Reich in three volumes.
                          He has been Editor of the Journal of Contemporary History since         4.30pm · Plenary Session: How do Scientists Develop
                          1998 and a judge of the Wolfson Literary Award for History since
                          1993. Over the years, his work has won the Wolfson Literary Award       New Medicines
                          for History, the William H. Welch Medal of the American Association     Sarah Madden
                          for the History of Medicine, the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary           Sarah is a member of a research team that focuses on a class of
                          History, and the Hamburg Medaille für Kunst und Wissenschaft. His
                          most recent book is on 1815-1914 for the Penguin History of Europe.       proteins with very distinctive architectures, known as tandem-
                                                                                                    repeat proteins.
                      4.00pm · Tea
                                                                                                  6.30pm · Dinner
                      6.30pm · Dinner with Gates Scholars at Peterhouse
                                                                                                  8.00pm · The Cambridge Challenge
                      7.30pm · Cambridge Music Festival Performance
                                                                                                    A light-hearted test of intellect, wit, and general knowledge
                                                                                                    at a local pub

D A Y               7                                              D A Y              8

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 College                                             provided by the host city and country."
  AC6: In Conversation: The Study Group considers what skills

  new undergraduates need most in order successfully to make
  the leap to university life.                                      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.

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  AA6: Black Holes and Super Massive Black Holes: Modeling
  their formation, observing mergers.

2.00pm · Participants’ Forum
  Participants meet to reflect on the week and to discuss
  ways in which their experiences might influence their

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  classroom teaching and other projects. This is followed by
  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.

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

                                                                                             Oxford          TEACHER SEMINAR
                                                                                                            July 21 - July 28, 2019

                       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.

T     H    E         S    E     M     I    N     A    R
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,

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

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 2019 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,   Clive Hurst. Mr. Hurst was Head of Rare Books and
from the smallest school to Oxford University. Designed             Printed Ephemera at the Bodleian Library, University of
for librarians and others with an interest in how libraries         Oxford, until he retired in 2014. For over 20 years he was
contribute to the intellectual and cultural life of the academy,    in charge of the second largest collection of rare books
this Study Group draws on the resources of the more than            and the largest collection of ephemera in the United
60 libraries that constitute the Oxford University library          Kingdom. His special expertise is in early printing, Italian
system. Because of the great wealth and antiquity of library        books, book-bindings, and children’s literature. He is a
resources in Oxford, participants have the opportunity to           member of the university’s English Faculty, and regularly
visit medieval libraries that have chained books, see exhibits      teaches a paleography course to graduate students. His
drawn from rare collections, and visit the Bodleian Library,        main literary interests are the novels of Henry James,
looking at it not only historically but in relation to a wide       Joseph Conrad, and especially Charles Dickens. The last
range of current issues. Participants meet experts from             was the subject of Mr. Hurst’s final major exhibition at
several fields of library science and archive management.           the Bodleian, celebrating the writer’s 200th anniversary in
                                                                    2012, which made extensive use of the library’s ephemera.
                                                                    He is the co-author of The Curious World of Dickens (2013).

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

                      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. THE BOUNDARIES OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE                          Study Group Leader:

                      This group explores how cutting-edge areas of scientific            Dr. Joanna Bagniewska. A zoologist with a doctorate
                      research can be innovatively integrated into classroom              from Oxford, Dr. Bagniewska specializes in the overlap
                      teaching at the secondary level, in the arts and humanities         between zoology and technology. Her research at
                      as well as the sciences. Teachers engage with key topics,           Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit
                      including astrophysics and cosmology, chaos theory, deep            focused on using biotelemetric methods to examine
                      sea exploration, nature and the environment, the human              the behavior of semi-aquatic animals. Her academic
                      brain, and medicine. In their intellectual, cultural, historical,   interests include behavioral ecology and conservation
                      literary, and imaginative contexts, teachers explore the            biology. Currently a Teaching Fellow at the University
                      “hard science” of human progress. The Boundaries of                 of Reading, Dr. Bagniewska has also held appointments
                      Scientific Knowledge provides a wealth of engaging and              at Nottingham Trent University and Oxford. She has
                      illuminating ideas for classroom teaching.                          worked on a number of species, ranging from wombats
                                                                                          and wallabies to mole-rats and jackals.

                      V. LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES IN CONTEMPORARY                            Study Group Leader:

                      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.
D A Y                1                           • The Boundaries of Scientific Knowledge
                                                                      SK1: Muss es Sein, Epigraph to a String Quartet: Guided
                                                                      by an Oxford physicist, participants refresh their theoretical
4.00pm · Welcome to Worcester College                                 physics with a quick review of the fundamental questions.
  Dr. Matthew Kerr

                                                                      What is string theory and how does it fit into this scheme?
  Dr. Kerr greets participants in Worcester College and               What is stringy mathematics?
  outlines the program.
                                                                      • Leadership Challenges in Contemporary Education
                                                                      CE1: Setting a Vision: Building a successful school and
5.00pm · Plenary Session: An Introductory Walking
                                                                      making leadership work at every level, a personal view.
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
  College and the University of Oxford, as well as of the            teachers visit specific locations around Oxford connected
  College system that gives the University its character. A          with the morning’s subject.
  short tour orients new arrivals as they explore the grounds
  of the college and their immediate surroundings, which             12.30pm · Lunch
  include the Ashmolean, the Playhouse, St Giles, and
  Cornmarket.                                                        2.00pm · Plenary Session: Why Literature Matters: How
                                                                     Poets Helped to End Slavery
6.30pm · Dinner at Worcester College                                   Prof. James Basker

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  Dinner is served in the Worcester College dining hall.              A former Rhodes Scholar, Professor Basker discusses
  Before dinner, teachers gather for drinks.                          the relationship of literature to history in the abolition
                                                                      campaign, drawing upon his own Amazing Grace
8.00pm · Social Outing                                                (2002) and American Antislavery Writings (2012).
  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
                     D A Y                2                          nurture educators' intellects rather than require them
                                                                     to focus on educational trends and produce lesson plans.
9.00am · Study Groups meet                                           The content of the instruction and the rich setting will
  Under the guidance of the Study Group leader, each                 naturally and organically be shared and communicated
                                                                     with students."
  group meets every day to cover a number of specific
                                                                             2017 OTS Attendee.

  • 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

  • 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.
4.00pm · Tea                                                       12.30pm · Lunch

                      4.30pm · Plenary Session: Edward Lear's Feelings                   2.00pm · Plenary Session: A Tour of Christ Church
                        Dr. Jasmine Jagger                                               Library

                       Jasmine Jagger is a Lecturer at St Edmund Hall and Postdoctoral
                                                                                           Dr. David Rundle
                       Research Assistant at the Faculty of English, working on a          An authority on Oxford Libraries and on Medieval and
                       project entitled 'Knowing Edward Lear', in cooperation with         Early Modern book collecting, Dr. Rundle gives an
                       Harvard, The Tennyson Society, Tennyson Research Centre,            insider’s tour of this magnificent library, looking at its
                       Oxford, and the BBC. She specialises in Victorian manuscript        historic, institutional, and architectural setting.
                       study, the poetry and poetics of the 19th and 20th centuries,
                       children's literature, nonsense, the medical humanities, and      4.00pm · Tea
                       literature and visual culture.

                      6.30pm · Dinner in Hall                                            4.30pm · Plenary Session: Round-table discussion
                                                                                         with Rhodes Scholars at Oxford
                      7.30pm · Optional outing: Concert, recital, or play                  Each year, Oxbridge Academic Programs employs a
                        Participants pick a performance from the vast array on             large number of Rhodes Scholars - more than any
                        offer every night in Oxford.                                       other organization in the world - as teachers on our
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                                                                                           student programs. They study and teach at Oxford
                                         D A Y                3                            University as members of individual colleges and in a
                                                                                           wide variety of departments. They talk to participants
                      9.00am · Study Groups meet                                           about intellectual life at Oxford.

                       • Literature and the Fantastic
                                                                                         6.30pm · Dinner
                       LF2: Of This And Other Worlds: A close analysis of Tolkien’s
                       world-building in The Lord of the Rings. How does he use                              D A Y                4
                       geography to create an immersive fantasy landscape?
                       How does he populate an entire society? And how can we
                       contextualize his epic against the background of the Great        9.00am · Study Groups meet
                       War? The session concludes with a trip to Merton College,
                       Tolkien’s alma mater.                                               • Literature and the Fantastic
                                                                                           LF3: C. S. Lewis and Politics: With particular attention
                       • The Library and the Academy                                       paid to The Chronicles of Narnia, how does Lewis make use
                       LA2: The Classic Oxford College Library: Oxford has many            of medievalism, Christianity, and Oxford itself as generic
                       great libraries besides the Bodleian, particularly those of         markers? How has contemporary scholarship tackled issues
                       the colleges which make up the University. Participants visit       of gender and race in his writing?
                       Trinity College, and learn how its library has been an integral
                       part of its teaching since its foundation. What lessons can be      • The Library and the Academy
                       learned from its management, and how universal are they?            LA3: Children’s Literature and the Next Generation of
                                                                                           Readers: What place do books have in children’s lives in
                       • Shakespeare in History                                            the 21st century? To help answer this question, participants
                       SH2: Shakespeare in Context: How much does historical               explore some of the earliest printed books in the Bodleian’s
                       context matter to critical readings of Shakespeare? How can         collection, and the world famous Opie Collection of Children’s
                       a detailed understanding of the circumstances in which his          Literature.
                       plays were written improve our knowledge of them, and vice
                       versa?                                                              • Shakespeare in History
                                                                                           SH3: The Bard’s Precursors: How was Shakespeare influenced
                       • The Boundaries of Scientific Knowledge                            by other writers, such as Chaucer, Gower, and Lydgate? What
                       SK2: Exploring and Teaching Interdisciplinarity:                    impact did traditions of popular and courtly entertainments
                       Participants examine the importance of interdisciplinarity in       have on his writing? And how accurate a depiction of the
                       modern scientific experimentation, teaching, and research.          Middle Ages do his plays provide?
                       To what extent can all areas of scientific inquiry be said to
                       stand together?                                                     • The Boundaries of Scientific Knowledge
                                                                                           SK3: Can stem cells mend a broken heart? What happens in
                       • Leadership Challenges in Contemporary Education                   a heart attack? What types of stem cells are there?
                       CE2: Deploying Technology: From the blackboard to the
                                                                                           • Leadership Challenges in Contemporary Education
                       iPad, technology old and new. A history of tools used by
                                                                                           CE3: Comparative and International Education; Curriculum
                       pedagogues; the challenges and opportunities offered by
                                                                                           reform: Do they really do things better abroad? Can we learn
                       new and emerging technologies; and the prospect of ever
                                                                                           from comparative educational studies? Balancing learning:
                       more Web-based learning.
                                                                                           are our schools too academic or do we care too much about
12.30pm · Lunch                                                          Seminar participants visit the famous Bodleian Library.

2.00pm · Plenary Session: The Private Life of the

  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

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

                       • 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.                        • The Boundaries of Scientific Knowledge
                                                                                                     SK5: Science for New Materials: What position will materials
                       • The Boundaries of Scientific Knowledge                                      science occupy on the landscape of scientific research in the
                       SK4: Rediscovering Life’s Best Ideas: A User’s Guide to                       21st century? We pay particular attention to the core-shell
                       Biomimetics. Why look to Nature for answers to today’s                        nanoparticles used in hydrogen fuel cell applications.
                       problems? It has a billion-year head start. Technologies and
                       products using natural solutions.                                             • 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
                                                                                                     “Unlike many professional development programs and
                        Dr. Marc Mulholland                                                          conferences the Oxford Teacher Seminar was truly a
                       A Fellow of St. Catherine’s College, Dr. Mulholland began his academic        refreshing week of intellectual stimulation, allowing
                       career as an expert on Ulster Unionism. Since then his interests have         participants to encounter new ideas and rekindle that love
                       bifurcated: Irish history since the Famine on the one hand, the history of    of learning that led them to become teachers in the first
                       political thought since the French Revolution on the other.                   place.”
                                                                                                              2017 Literature and the Fantastic Participant
                      6.30pm · Dinner
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