Saturday, July 23, 2011

Art to Look for at the Tate Modern

Tomorrow when you're exploring the Tate Modern, keep an eye out for the following works by post-World War II British artists:

Anish Kapoor, Ishi's Light (2003)

Bridget Riley, Fall (1963)

Francis Bacon, Figure in a Landscape (1945)
These days the Tate Modern is concentrating on telling the story of modern art as a collective and global endeavor. Why do you think the Tate's curators have decided to highlight so few British artists? Why do you think they chose to focus attention on these three artists in particular?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Reflective Research Essay

As part of your final assignment for this program, you will be turning in a three to five page (double-spaced) reflective essay concerning your research experiences in Oxford.

There is no one way to set up this essay. It should, however, offer a narrative that includes: how you chose your topic; how you refined and changed your topic over time; what obstacles you faced, if any, and how you handled them; what sources you found useful (and what ones weren't); what it was like working with others collaboratively (the good, the bad, and the weird); and how you arrived at your final argument and supporting evidence. Throughout, the focus should remain on your /experience/ of the research process, in line with the Honors Program's emphasis on experiential learning. You will have time to share the /outcome/ of your research and your /conclusions/ during the final group presentation.

This essay can be somewhat informal. That is, you can use "I" and use autobiographical anecdotes. You should, however, maintain an appropriately academic tone.

Because of the difficulty of finding a @#$@#$@# printer or copy shop here that charges less than a kidney, you can submit this essay as an electronic file readable on a Windows 7 / MS-Word computer. Preferred file formats: RTF, PDF, DOC, and DOCX. Please e-mail your final version to both Brian ( and Faye (

Ideally, you should submit your essay by 5pm on Friday 22 July. The ultimate final deadline is the time of your group presentation on the 26th. But believe me you don't want to put the essay off that late: you'll hate trying to write an essay and trying to practice your talk at the same time.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Oxford Program, week one photos

Upated Syllabus

Howdy Oxfordians! I've updated the syllabus for the summer course -- you'll find the new version under Summer Program Documents listed as Summer Syllabus 29.06.2011.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Week 1-Schedule update, 6/27

First class
Sunday, June 26--2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (approx)
meet at the picnic benches in front of EF Language School main office
-walk to Christ Church Meadow
-class outside near river

Monday, June 27--meet at 1:45 sharp! at the Information Center in Oxford (see "i" on map) for
Oxford Center Walking Tour (tour will last until 4:00 p.m. )

Tuesday, June 28, meet at 10:45am SHARP in Bodleian Old Schools Quadrangle for 11:00am Library Induction

Wednesday, June 29
8:30-10:30am meet at "THE VINES" classroom (V103), across from EF Language School

Thursday, June 30
10:00am to Noon (tentatively). Class with Faye Christenberry, UW English Librarian Specialist. Meet at the picnic tables out front of main reception at the EF Center.

Evening play at the Oxford Playhouse. Meet at 7 p.m. in front of theatre. (Brian will be at the Eagle & Child from around 6pm beforehand if you wish to join him.)

Friday, July 1
10:00am to 11:30am, Morning Walking Tour, meet at Information Center
. We will be exploring Cornmarket, the Clarendon Centre, and the Covered Market.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Important Housing Update

Hello Oxfordians! Here's a very important update: Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to make a change in housing for the summer program. Upon arriving in Oxford, you should now go to the following destination: the EF Language Center, Pullens Lane, in Headington, Oxford. The local contact is Ruth Chambers, tel +44(0)1865 759660, skype ruth.chambers.ef.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Oxford Is Nearly Here!

Only a week until I leave for Oxford, to get things ready for the rest of y'all. I'm so excited! There will be so much to see & do there. For example, you can visit Winston Churchill's ancestral estate, Blenheim Palace.

You can go punting on the Isis and Cherwell.

Or take a stroll along Addison's Walk in Magdalen College.

The Botanic Gardens should be in full bloom, too.

What an amazing place to spend time! See y'all there soon --