A (literal) field trip to Oxford’s Port Meadows was grounds for a lively debate in a lovely setting! A heated debate took place over the meaning of GDP and alternatives for our collective future.
This afternoon Dr Jasmine Jagger gave a lecture on ‘Edward Lear’s Feelings’. This was followed this evening with an excellent talk from our Critical Thinking teacher, Will Jefferson, who spoke on his research into the philosophy of empathy.
Students are now enjoying the pleasant Oxford evening after a day of rather unpredictable rain!
This Thursday the Psychology major took a trip to the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity to learn more about how technological advancement and neuroscience are revealing more about psychology.
After class we had the incredible opportunity to visit the Oxford Union, the home and heart of debate. Home to a beautiful library, and the largest society at the University, the Union has hosted speakers and debates since 1823, with guest speakers such as Winston Churchill, the Dalai Lama, Stephen Hawking, Buzz Aldrin, and even Michael Jackson.
Meanwhile PA-AD(Program Assistant/Activities Director) Rupert took another group of students round his alma mater the beautiful Magdalen College, while other students joing PA-AD Katherine for tea at Vaults Cafe.
This evening was Karaoke night! An opportunity to hear voices both angelic and raucous (many staff did find themselves joining in from the audience), it was a fun albeit noisy night!
This morning an action-packed week continued for students, who refuelled after their major classes with a trip to the Gloucester Green Food Market, a traditional fruit&veg market which also has stalls representing the culinary cultures of many nations, as well as some general bric-a-brac to peruse. Students enjoyed lunches ranging from Chinese dumplings to Sri Lankan curries to Greek wraps.
Later in the afternoon, our Deans Catherine and Nathan took a group of students on a classic Oxford “punting” trip, where they learned the tricky skill of manoeuvring the narrow boat.
After punting, the students had a guest lecture from Oxbridge’s founder Professor Jim Basker discussing the college process. Professor Basker gave some of his own insights on the college process, having been a professor at both Harvard and Barnard, and having worked in admissions at Harvard. After giving the students his advice, he emphasized the importance of enjoying school and not letting the stress of the process overwhelm their lives.
The excitement of Wednesday’s activities carried on into the night, as the students enjoyed a performance of Noel Coward’s Private Lives in the garden of beautiful Wadham College. The students enjoyed the comical misunderstandings and witty repartee of a very English production, braving the somewhat typical weather conditions.
A new week on the Summer Seminar! Classes commenced afresh with a change of majors for our continuing students and for the new students, introductions to our illustrious faculty members.
An assembly from Dr Luke Berryman and Professor James Basker on Monday evening welcomed new students, and gave them the opportunity to meet admin staff and the faculty, as well as each other — after a two minute interval for discussion, we reconvened for everyone in the auditorium to introduce their neighbour in the next seat!
This Tuesday afternoon students attended a guest lecture by Dr. Tristen Naylor, the London School of Economics fellow in International Relations, on ‘Decline and Fall: The End of Empire’. Dr. Naylor discussed the current political climate and opened the end of his talk up to some very insightful questions from the students.
After the guest talk, some students enjoyed playing board games, such as Oxford Monopoly, in the Junior Common Room of Corpus Christi, while others settled down to watch a film on the big screen in the auditorium, in preparation for an immersive week. After dinner several students chose to join us on a trip to G&D’s, Oxford’s famous icecream parlour. Tomorrow a busy day awaits!
Tonight was the final night on the Oxford Summer Seminar! We bid many of our students farewell while our Double Majors prepared for a second week with a celebration of everyone’s achievements.
This evening our students dressed up for a reception in the cloisters, before a formal dinner in the college hall. After dinner, students joined the staff in the Fellows’ Garden for speeches from Dr. Luke Berryman and Professor James Basker to celebrate the excellence of all students this week, and prize giving from the deans in recognition of achievements.
After this students made their way to the auditorium for the dance whose novelties included not only several laser lights but also a photobooth which proved popular with staff and students alike, as well as our ‘Wall of Memories’ in which students left notes for each other in envelopes to take home. We wish all our leavers farewell and hope to see them again in future!
Today is the final night of this week’s program for our single major students! Our majors wrapped up for the week with presentations from Medicine and Critical Thinking students, while Economics and International Relations students finished their lesson collaboratively by playing subject-related board games such as Pandemic and Risk.
The Psychology major took a trip to London, where they visited the Freud museum, pictured here with the famous couch!
This afternoon also saw a game of 5 aside football played with incredible athleticism in the summer heat.