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Scholars' Library Series

Part of the Lifelong Fellowship portfolio, the Scholars’ Library is a monthly book talk series, open to Scholars and the general public. In each event, Scholars present, discover and debate their literary works with those in the community and beyond.

Silenced Women

Next event:

On 29 February, Jennifer Robinson (Australia-at-Large & Balliol 2006) will discuss her book Silenced Women: Why The Law Fails Women and How to Fight Back, previously published as How Many More Women? In conversation with another Rhodes Scholar, amongst other topics, Jennifer will talk about censorship against women, the #MeToo movement, and how we might begin to understand the problems of gender-based violence in our society.

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Max Price: Statues and Storms

Max (South Africa-at-Large & Magdalen 1980) discusses his book Statues and Storms. In conversation with Nomfundo Ramalekana (South Africa-at-Large & Lady Margaret Hall 2015), Max talks about protests, protest movements and how this has changed over recent years, the removal of the Rhodes statue at UCT as well as the relationship between leadership and making tough decisions.

Charalee Graydon: Scholars' Library Extra

Charalee (Prairies & Wadham 1982) discusses her books on law, climate change and art and how the Paris Agreement and COP conferences have influenced her work.

Jeremy England: Every Life is on Fire

Jeremy (New Hampshire & St John's 2003) discusses his book Every Life is on Fire. In conversation with Samantha O'Sullivan (Maryland/DC & Magdalen 2022) Jeremy talks about thermodynamics and the origins of life, and if science can help us find purpose in the universe, and intersections between ideas from Torah and from science.

Andrea & Jonathan Taylor-Cummings: The 4 Habits of All Successful Relationships

Andrea (Jamaica & Templeton 1989) & Jonathan talk about their tips on how to be intentional in relationships, and what that means, how we can improve 'relational intelligence' and also ways to develop habits of success in all types of relationships.

Marilynn Richtarik: Getting to Good Friday

Marilynn (Kansas & Jesus 1988) talks about her journey into Northern Irish literature (during her time at Oxford!), how each of her projects grew out of previous ones, and the background to this book specifically.

Subhashish Bhadra: Caged Tiger

Subhashish (India & Magdalen 2014) talks about How Britain designed public institutions in its colonies, why India retained these institutions at independence, and what constitutes 'good' public institutions.

Mark Abley: Strange Bewildering Time

Mark (Saskatchewan & St John's 1975) speaks about his physical journey, his journey of writing the book, as well as the impact of the Hippie Trail and the learnings we can take from it today

Nina Yancy: How the Color Line Bends

Nina (Texas & New College 2013) speaks about anti-Black prejudice among White Americans, the significance of local geography for US racial politics, and her experience as a Black woman talking to White people about race in the US South.

Henriette Lazaridis: Terra Nova

Henriette discusses (Vermont & St Hugh's 1982) the journey of writing the book, ethics, leadership and authenticity, both in life and art. She touches upon the great age of Antarctic exploration, women's suffrage in the UK and photography in the early 20th century.

Andrew Stobo Sniderman: Valley of the Birdtail

Andrew (Québec & Exeter 2008) discusses the journey of writing the book, idealism, racism & reconciliation.

Sarah Stewart Johnson: The Sirens of Mars

Sarah (Kentucky & Magdalen 2001) discusses researching of Mars for signs of life, the comparisons between Mars and Earth and also her own writing and research journey.

Carl Marci: Rewired - Protecting Your Brain in the Digital Age

Carl (Pennsylvania & St Catherine's 1991) discussed how modern mobile media, information and communications technologies that we euphemistically call “smartphones” are rewiring our brains making us less smart and more distracted, divided, and depressed. The good news? There is an emerging digital literacy and scientifically proven ways to protect our brains and improve our mental health.

Jennifer Davis Michael: Dubious Breath

Jennifer (Alabama & Christ Church 1989) discussed the creative process, the role of poetry in today's world, the use of form vs free verse and what it is like to be both a Scholar and a maker of poetry.

Gladys Ngetich: The PhD Journey

Gladys (Kenya & Oriel 2015) discusses her PhD and writing journey, as well as some tips and tricks for prospective PhD students.

Chisanga Chekwe: Zambia - Pathways to Excellence

Chisanga (Zambia & Exeter 1976) discussed the current state of Zambia, pathways to improvement and the role colonialism plays.

Martin Revermann: Brecht and Tragedy

Martin (Germany & Corpus Christi 1994) discusses Brecht's complex relationship with Greek Tragedy and the tragic tradition, Brecht's role as a theatre artist and his continued relevance today, as well as Martin's writing journey.

Ken Kamoche: Black Ghosts

Ken (Kenya & St Catherine's 1988) discussed Africa-China relations, displacement, diaspora and finding a place in a globalised world, as well as his journey to becoming a writer, and what inspired Black Ghosts.