Registration for the 2020 program will open in mid-October.

Below is information regarding the previous 2019 version. 

Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and for the last 20 years the University of Chicago's Graham School has partnered with Oxford to offer an opportunity for Chicago alumni and friends to study for two weeks, amidst the historic quadrangles and lush gardens of an ancient center of scholarship.

In the morning, Oxford faculty will lead a selection of seminars; in the afternoons, we will visit historic landmarks and throughout the district, and engage in a series of lectures given by the University of Oxford faculty and invited guests. We will also travel to Stratford-upon-Avon for a performance of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy As You Like It by the Royal Shakespeare Company. 


Participants choose to attend one of the listed seminars. Each seminar has a limited number of seats available. Click on the seminar titles below to view the syllabi.

Joseph Conrad and the Literature of Empire

The course will introduce participants to the literature of the British Empire. We will focus on Joseph Conrad, the Polish-born outsider who took all the British illusions of empire and shattered them in his series of masterpieces, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, and The Secret Agent. In addition, we will review the historical reality of the ‘new imperialism’ between 1880 and 1914 and consider Kipling’s classic novel ‘Kim’, as the key example of the ‘adventure literature’ inspired by empire.

Dr. Angus McFadzean is from Aberdeen, Scotland. He studied literature at Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities, obtaining a DPhil in the novels of James Joyce at Wadham College, University of Oxford. He currently teaches undergraduates as a sessional tutor at various Oxford colleges and summer schools with Oxford University Department of Continuing Education.

The Making of the Modern World? Politics, Protest & Power Struggle in 19th Century Europe

This course explores European history through the dramatic events of the nineteenth century, from the Napoleonic Wars to the birth of New Imperialism. A period which would shape the destiny of the continent in ways few could have imagined, leaving a heavy mark on the world beyond.  Above all else a time of global transformation as the winds of change swept through the continent, leaving Europe itself as the apparent master of the world. Yet with great power would come great fragility and division, sowing the seeds for the troubled century to come.

Dr. Kate Watson teaches for the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, and other university programmes. She has lectured and published on modern British and European culture, and modern revolutionary experiences.