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For the 15th anniversary of the University of Oxford's alumni weekend, Meeting Minds, the faculty will be hosting the following events:

An Introduction to the Treasures of the Taylorian

Friday 16 September, 15:00-16:00

Voltaire Room, Taylor Institute

Professor Henrike Lähnemann and Emma Huber

This is the in-person rerun of a virtual session from 2021, available on YouTube, this time with hands-on access to most of the treasures covered. Meeting point is in front of the Taylorian to take a look at the statues above the entrance. Then we will look at

 

Philip Bullock and Laura Tunbridge in conversation: Writing Lives Between Music and Modern Languages

Saturday 17 September, 14:00-15:00

Room 2, Taylor Institute

In this session, Philip Ross Bullock and Laura Tunbridge will talk about their recent biographies of Tchaikovsky and Beethoven, discuss their collaborations with arts organisations, and explore the relationship between their respective academic disciplines.

 

Other Oxford

Saturday 17 September, 15:00-16:00

Main Hall, Taylor Institute

Poet, novelist and Professor of French and Comparative Literature Patrick McGuinness has lived in Oxford since 1991. His recent Real Oxford is a new book about an old city, and a deeply personal exploration of the Oxford of breweries and factories, car plants, stations and wharves. He delves into the city’s venerable football history and its unexpectedly radical politics, high-rise Oxford as well as High Table Oxford. There’s European Oxford, Windrush Oxford, Cavalier and Roundhead Oxford. There’s a global Oxford and a local Oxford. And there’s Oxford’s own population – the artisans, tradespeople and urban working-class whose city-centre suburbs were demolished as the City of Dreaming Spires took over.

 

Each of these events will be free for MML alumni to attend. Simply email rsvp@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk with your name, course title and matriculation year and you will be sent a code to use upon registration.

We hope to see as many of you there are possible.