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Voltaire’s birthday fundraiser in New York

Left to right: Dr Paul LeClerc (Voltaire scholar and former President of the New York Public Library), Professor Nicholas Cronk, Professor Caroline Weber (Professor of French Literature at Columbia University), Miles Young (Warden of New College)

Professor Nicholas Cronk was in New York last week, to celebrate the (probable) birthday of the eighteenth-century philosopher Voltaire, on 21 November, and seek support for an ongoing project to publish a full critical edition of his complete writings. Nicholas is the Director of Oxford University’s Voltaire Foundation and General Editor of the Complete Works of Voltaire, as well as a Fellow of St Edmund Hall.

Undergraduates elect Will Mason as new JCR President

St Edmund Hall's new JCR President, Will Mason

In elections last week, the JCR (Junior Common Room, our undergraduate student body) voted for Will Mason to become their next President. Will is a second year studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics, who is French-American and was raised in Cannes and New York. He will take over the presidency from Amelia Gabaldoni at the start of next term.

Outreach Roadshow to Leicestershire and Peterborough

Schools Liaison Officer Luke Maw, at De Lisle College in Loughborough

St Edmund Hall held its second annual Outreach Roadshow earlier this year, in September. Accompanied by four student ambassadors, our Schools Liaison Officer Luke Maw visited schools in Leicestershire and Peterborough to deliver sessions on applying to and studying at Oxford.

St Edmund Hall: A College Like No Other

We are pleased to announce that in late 2018 Teddy Hall will be publishing a beautifully illustrated book which will stand as a portrait of St Edmund Hall and a lively celebration of its past and present.

Undergraduate Bursary to be established in memory of Dr Ann Taylor (1928-2017), Former Fellow and Tutor in Physiology

Portrait of Ann Taylor taken by John Cairns for the '3000 Women' exhibition

Ann joined St Edmund Hall as Fellow and Tutor in Physiology in 1980, becoming an Emeritus Fellow upon her retirement in 1995. She also served as Chair of the University Committee on Student Health from 1989 to 1994. The first and only female Tutorial Fellow when she started at the College, Ann described being greeted initially “with a mixture of curiosity and apprehension!” 

‘You May Now Applaud’ – Teddy Hall’s entry for Drama Cuppers

Poster for 'You May Now Applaud'

A mixture of Teddy Hall undergraduate and postgraduate first-years are joining forces this term for the College’s entry in Cuppers, Oxford University Drama Society's annual competition for freshers.

New students are encouraged to put together a dramatic piece of no longer than 30 minutes, which can be an existing play, an excerpt from one, or an original work. The pieces are then performed over the course of four days at the Burton Taylor Studio.

Europe Relay Reading event: 4:30pm, Friday 10 November 2017, Taylor Institution

The new translation of 'Ode to Joy'

All are welcome to come along to the Taylor Institution this Friday (10 November) at 4:30pm for the launch of a new book of translations of texts from the European Enlightenment. This will include a flash mob singing of a new translation of Friedrich Schiller’s ‘Ode to Joy’ made by one of St Edmund Hall’s Germanists, Johanna von Kietzell (2015, French and German) together with two Magdalen College students - Sarah Davies (2015, German and Spanish) and Joseph Cullen (2015, French and German).

What’s changed for Syrian refugees in Turkish garment supply chains?

The cover of the report on Syrian refugees in Turkish garment supply chains

Dr Emre Eren Korkmaz, Newton International Fellow and St Edmund Hall Junior Research Fellow, is the co-author of a new Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) report which looks at the policies of multinational corporations towards the employment of Syrian refugees in Turkey.

The BHRRC have tracked the situation in Turkey since late 2015, regularly asking big apparel brands what they are doing to curb possible exploitation in their supply chain. This new report builds on analysis from February 2016 and October 2016.

Teddy Hall’s Equality and Diversity Week – 5 to 11 November

Logo for Equality and Diversity Week at St Edmund Hall

Next week (5th Week), St Edmund Hall will hold its second annual Equality and Diversity Week. There was a very positive response to this student-led initiative when it was launched in 2016.

This year’s programme promises a similar mix of thought-provoking workshops, discussions and film screenings, with the popular International Food Fair also taking place again in the Doctorow Hall on Saturday afternoon (11 November). All events are open to both JCR and MCR members (i.e. undergraduates and postgraduates).

St Edmund Hall Centre for the Creative Brain event: Is Seeing Believing? With Stephen Mottram's Animata

Stephen Mottram's Animata

St Edmund Hall’s Centre for the Creative Brain has announced another fascinating cross-disciplinary programme for their annual symposium, taking place in the College’s Doctorow Hall on Saturday 25 November, from 2:30pm to 6:30pm. The event will explore how our brain creates perception of the world around us, and how this understanding can be exploited to create art, theatre and even magic. It will close with a performance by Stephen Mottram of his Animata show, which uses only white tipped wands to create a funny, mesmerising story about youth and old age.

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