Michaelmas Term 2018
The new academic year begins with the delightful news that Daisy Johnson (2012, MSt Creative Writing) has become the youngest writer ever to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for her debut novel Everything Under, a modern re-working of Greek myth. The winner of the Booker will be announced on October 16 and we wish her all the best.
As ever, Michaelmas Term brings many newcomers to Somerville, including new graduate scholars at the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development and three new Fellows – Faridah Zaman (History), Samantha Dieckmann (Music) and Vivien Parmentier (Physics). This year, we will be saying goodbye to Fellows Bhaskar Choubey, Joanna Innes, Alex Rogers, Jonathan Marchini and Jennifer Welsh. To mark the departure of Professor Innes, who is retiring after 36 years, the College has launched a new fund to support postgraduate study – the Next Generation History Fund.
We look forward to a busy schedule of events this term and hope you will be able to join us at many of them.
We are delighted to welcome Dame Stephanie Shirley to College for the Mary Somerville Lecture 2018. Dame Stephanie was a child refugee who became a successful software entrepreneur. We look forward to sharing her insights into business life on October 24, at 5:30pm. We look forward to hosting BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? on November 23 and will give details of how to apply for tickets soon. Just before Christmas, our choir are heading to India with performances planned in Mumbai and Goa.
In collaboration with the Welsh National Opera, we hosted a musical entertainment Rhondda Rips it Up! at the Oxford Playhouse, celebrating the life of alumna Margaret Thomas, Viscountess Rhondda, who survived the sinking of the Lusitania and was jailed for blowing up a postbox. Many of you remarked how wonderful it was to hear our choir, who performed a selection of Suffragette songs. It was a pleasure to see so many of you back in Oxford.
Tokyo Calling – booking for the university alumni weekend in Japan opens on October 23rd. Somerville’s event will be on Friday March 22nd. Do get in touch if you have any thoughts or suggestions, especially if you live in Japan and can share some insider tips.
A memorial for Miriam Griffin will be held in Hall on November 24th at 2:30pm. We will send details to her former students.
If you would like to support the Next Generation History Fund please contact Brett de Gaynesford, deputy director of development: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jane Robinson talking about her new book
BBC Radio 4 discussion with Jonathan Dimbleby