A Fortnight in Oxford

A Fortnight in Oxford

See the lush college gardens of Oxford at their most inviting for two weeks from June 3 to 16, 2018, as you study in small classes led by Oxford faculty, visit historic landmarks throughout the district, and enjoy a series of lectures given by the University of Oxford faculty and invited guests.

The 2018 A Fortnight in Oxford trip is fully booked. Registration for Oxford 2019 will open in mid-October. We hope you can travel with us in future.

Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and for the last 19 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. 

June 3 – 16, 2018

In the morning, Oxford faculty will lead a selection of seminars; in the afternoons, we will visit historic landmarks and throughout the district, and enjoy a series of lectures given by the University of Oxford faculty and invited guests. We will also travel to Stratford-upon- Avon for an exemplary performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company. 


Click on the seminar titles below to view the syllabi.

Charles Dickens: Crime and Riot

The course takes participants through four major novels by Charles Dickens that span the major stages of his career. In doing so, we will explore two themes that shaped the 19th century: the theme of crime and the criminal underworld (Oliver Twist and Bleak House) and the theme of political upheaval and rebellion (Barnaby Rudge and A Tale of Two Cities).

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 Fight for Liberty? The Revolutionary Experience in Britain, America, and France, 1642-1799

This course examines the history of revolutionary politics in Britain, America and France between 1642 and 1799, when the very foundations of monarchical rule came under threat from those who championed the cause of liberty – for good and for ill.

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.