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Summer at CMRS has been an exciting time, with a range of events drawing students and colleagues to Oxford.

In May we once again welcomed students and faculty from Elmhurst College on their annual City As Text course. The programme included lectures, explorations of Oxford, Cambridge and London, and research projects on important Oxonians.

Elmhurst faculty were also the mainstay of the sixth Jack Coopersmith Faculty Seminar in June. After an opening dinner at Keble College, participants spent 10 days considering the topic of “Power-Houses, Politics and Culture”, listening to keynote speakers, presenting papers, visiting Blenheim and London, and contributing to open-house discussions.Keble Dinner

In July CMRS was delighted to host a major symposium: “Rhetoric in the 21st Century”, attracting some 20 leading rhetoric scholars from seven countries. Again proceedings were opened with a dinner at Keble.  Four very distinguished 'priming speakers': Professor Sir Brian Vickers, FBA, Senior Fellow, School of Advanced Study, University of London; Professor Peter Mack, Director, Warburg Institute, and Professor of English, Warwick University; Professor James J. Murphy, Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric, University of California, Davis; and Professor Jennifer Richards, Head of School and Professor of English, Newcastle University; gave resounding speeches which were complemented by respondent sessions and discussions.  The final, culminating debate reached a consensus on the future of rhetoric studies around the world! More event details and group photo to follow...

JJ Murphy

Bringing the summer activities to a close, a cohort of resident CMRS Research Fellows drawn from 3 continents, is currently using Oxford’s library network to produce a wide array of exciting new research and scholarship on topics as diverse as eleventh-century love poets and John Chrysostom.


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