Oxford Academia Guest Speakers & Special Presentations

Guest Speakers

Nicholas Cole

Nicholas teaches history, politics, and the influence of classical thought on modern institutions at Oxford. He is also Director of The Quill Project, which studies the creation of constitutions and treaties, the flagship work of which is a digitized and annotated presentation of the records of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. Nicholas will offer our students a private introduction and demonstration of this unique digital resource.

Flora Fraser

Based in London, Flora is one of Britain’s leading historians and biographers. She has written many books about British royalty and aristocracy, including biographies of Queen Caroline and the six daughters of George III. Her most recent book, a dual biography of Martha and George Washington, won the 2015 Washington Book Prize sponsored by Mount Vernon.

Jeff McMahan

Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford University and Professorial Fellow of Corpus Christi College. An American Rhodes Scholar, Jeff is a distinguished moral philosopher specializing in issues of harming, killing, and saving. His most recent publications include “Climate Change, War, and the Non-Identity Problem” and “Suffering and Moral Status.”

Lynda Mugglestone

Professor of the History of English and Fellow in English Language and Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford University. A renowned expert on the history of the English language and its social and political contexts, Lynda has written many books, including The Rise of Accent as Social Symbol and Lost for Words: The Hidden History of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Adam Smith

The Edward Orsborn Professor of U.S. Politics & Political History at University College, Oxford University, and the Director of the Rothermere American Institute. Professor Smith will lead a private visit to the Rothermere, which is a Library and Research Center focused on American history, politics, and culture, for an introduction to the British and European perspectives on American history and culture.

Special Presentations

Rhodes Scholar Roundtable

An informal panel presentation with Q and A, led by Rhodes Scholar Josh Nott in conversation with other current and former Rhodes Scholars, giving our students unique access to the process of applying for and undertaking a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford.

British Universities Admissions Day

An exclusive open house and panel discussion for our students, with presentations by admissions representatives from St Andrews University, University College London, Oxford, and other British universities, to answer questions about admissions to undergraduate, junior-year-abroad, and graduate programs.

Shakespeare Comes to Oxford

An evening workshop with representatives from the Globe Theater in London, to conduct an interactive and immersive program that makes Shakespeare come alive for our students.

Reliving Bannister’s 4-Minute Mile

A visit and optional fun run or walk on the world famous track in Oxford where Roger Bannister became the first runner ever to run a mile under 4 minutes — now aptly named in his honor.

Christ Church Library

A private visit to the historic Upper Gallery of the Christ Church Library where library staff will present rare books and manuscripts, including rare memorabilia associated with Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) who composed parts of Alice in Wonderland in one of the library’s side rooms.

A Private Visit to Rhodes House

The global headquarters of the Rhodes Trust and the venue for Rhodes Scholar programs. Get a behind-the-scenes tour and explore the portraits of world leaders who come from the great Rhodes tradition.

Walking Tours

Students have the opportunity to join Professor Basker for evening tours of Oxford and to learn firsthand how this small town became the home of the oldest university in the English-speaking world.

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