A conversation about identity and languages with Lily Begg from Pembroke College, Oxford. We met when Lily was editor-in-chief of The ISIS magazine in Oxford where she’s studying French and Italian. Lily shares personal insights from her experiences living in Belgium and England and on a student exchange in Italy and from her roles as a language translator, magazine editor, and theatre director.
Olivia Durand is an Oxford scholar researching neo-Frenchness in the cities of New Orleans and Odessa. Olivia has lived in the United States as a Fulbright scholar and in the Ukraine working for the French Foreign Office. A doctoral researcher with the Department of Global and Imperial History at Oxford University, Olivia is also vice-president and treasurer of the MCR at Pembroke College.
Dinant Riks is a doctoral researcher of chronic migraines with the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford University where he’s a member of Pembroke College. Dinant is using MRI technology to explore changes in the structure and function of the brain in the treatment of chronic migraines. We also discuss issues related to pain medication and Dinant shares insights from his previous studies of pharmacology and psychology.
As a school leaver Timothy Farrant took up a trade in amenity horticulture and worked as a greenkeeper on golf courses and as a farm labourer. It was whilst on his Morman mission that Tim was encouraged to apply to university and went on to study Medieval History. Tim is currently a Clarendon Scholar of Theology at Pembroke College, Oxford where he’s researching Augustinian influences on zoology in the Middle Ages.
Lindsey Cohick is a Clarendon Scholar with the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University and a member of Pembroke College. Her current research focuses on pirates as non-state actors in the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’, around 1650-1730. We discuss her previous research of Japanese history particularly the construction of the Samurai ethos of ‘death before dishonour’. Lindsey is also a creative writer and a comics enthusiast.
Kira Huju is an Oxford scholar in the Department of Politics and International Relations and a member of Balliol College. Her interests in feminism and decentering International Relations have informed Kira’s research of Indian politics and foreign policy. Kira also shares personal insights about honing her approach to issues of social and global justice and her response to criticisms of political correctness.
Lucinda Cadzow is a Clarendon Scholar in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University. Lucinda has written about soft balancing and is currently researching the global governance of tax. Hailing from the Yarra Valley in Australia, Lucinda shares her story of exploring other vocations before discovering an interest in and aptitude for political theory, political economy and international relations.
An analysis of the policy implementation of Donald Trump’s campaign promises in his first 100 days as President of the United States of America. Hailing from New York, Gabriel Delaney studies Politics at Oxford University and has experience as a presidential election field organiser in Pennsylvania for the 2012 Obama campaign. As well as critiquing Trump’s presidency, Gabriel is very good at explaining some of the mechanics of the U.S. political system.
World renowned professor of evolutionary psychology, Robin Dunbar, explains his famous theory of social group size which suggests there is a limited number of relationships that humans (and other primates) can maintain. We also discuss some of his other findings related to social bonding and the release of endorphins activated by laughing, singing, and dancing together. Professor Dunbar is with the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University and he’s a Fellow of Magdalen College.
Ryan Terribilini comes from technology and public policy roles at Google and Ripple to study Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University. We discuss some of the emerging issues related to internet privacy and surveillance in a world in which we increasingly interact online and in which global finance operates using new technologies. Ryan also explains android ecosystems, bitcoin and distributed ledger technology. Ryan is a member of Pembroke College, Oxford.
Geeking out over the career and music of The Beatles with Chris Bayne from the Oxford Beatles. We discuss The Beatles story from their early years and chronologically through each studio album 1963-1970. Chris also shares details of a theatrical production the Oxford Beatles are developing for the 50th anniversary of the Sgt. Peppers album this year. You’ll also hear covers of Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane by the Oxford Beatles.
Andrew Linden is a doctoral researcher of population health at Oxford University specialising in epidemiology. Andrew uses data from the UK and China Kadoorie Biobanks to investigate how adult height is related to chronic diseases. A Clarendon Scholar and a member of Brasenose College, Andrew is also a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa and he was an actuarial consultant in London before moving to Oxford.
Nada Kubikova is a reproductive geneticist doing clinical work and doctoral research in a leading Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) lab in Oxford. PGD can be used during IVF to identify embryos affected by genetic disorders or abnormalities. Nada discusses innovations and ethical issues in her field. She also explains why infertility occurs in women. Nada is a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University and a member of Brasenose College.
Corina Smith is a doctoral researcher at Oxford University studying the ancient Chinese texts, the Shangshu. She shares stories of learning Mandarin and living in Beijing and discusses the benefits of these experiences. We also touch on music as Corina grew up listening to prog rock and appreciates the history of its emergence in Britain in the 1970s. Corina is a Clarendon Scholar with the China Centre at Oxford University and a member of Pembroke College.
Alice Schwarze is a physicist with the Mathematical Institute at Oxford University and a member of Pembroke College. Alice is a Clarendon Scholar specialising in systems approaches to biomedical science. She currently works on modelling protein-interaction networks for pharmaceutical applications. Alice got interested in physics as a young teen attending Mensa summer camps. We discuss her career development including what it’s like working in a male-dominated field. Alice shares advice for young women thinking of becoming scientists.
Jojo Rahamim is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Physics at Oxford University where he is working on quantum computing. Jojo also has experience with particle physics and rocket science and you’ll hear about how nanofibers are made and how rocket thrusters work. We discuss nuclear power, ethics in science, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and even time travel. Jojo shares stories of travelling across India in a rickshaw rally, attending the Burning Man festival, and performing in a children’s entertainment troupe. He also explains the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah.
Johanna Koehler is a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University specialising in decentralisation and water security in Kenya. Johanna recently returned from Kenya and she shares what it’s like on the ground in local communities as well as at governance and policy levels. We also discuss Johanna’s earlier field work in South Korea and the Korean demilitarised zone. Her research of the South and North Korea divide was inspired by her family’s experience being separated between East and West Germany.
Dylan James is a Clarendon Scholar of Ancient History in the Classics Faculty at Oxford University who specialises in Greek and Roman historiography. We discuss his intellectual development from being fascinated with ancient history and classics as a child to learning Latin and Greek languages as a young man so he could study classical texts for his honours, masters, and now doctoral research. Dylan is somewhat of an all-rounder and we also chat about his other pursuits in music, sport, comedy, and politics.
Post-election analysis including a breakdown of voter demographics with Mitchell Robertson from Oxford University. Mitchell explains who voted for Donald Trump in terms of sex, age, race, education, and geography and where Hillary Clinton fell short. We also discuss the House and Senate results and the prospects for Trump pursuing his policies. Mitchell is a doctoral candidate associated with the Rothermere American Institute and he has a Master of Studies in United States History from Oxford University.
Ben Daus-Haberle is co-president of Republicans Overseas UK in Oxford where he is studying International Relations. Ben hails from Massachusetts and his parents were Democrats. He worked for John Kerry and campaigned for Obama in 2008 before having an intellectual and ideological conversion to Republicanism whilst studying at Yale University. On the eve of the U.S. presidential election, Ben shares what being Republican means to him as well as his thoughts on Trump and the future of the Republican Party.
Oxford climate scientist Professor Myles Allen explains the Paris agreement on the day it comes into force and ahead of COP22. Professor Allen leads the Climate Research Programme at the Environmental Change Institute in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford where he also heads the Climate Dynamics Group in the Department of Physics.
Jack O’Sullivan is a medical doctor who researches overdiagnosis. He explains concerns about unnecessary tests detecting cancers which might never develop into serious health problems for individuals in their lifetimes. We also discuss the invention of medical conditions for commercial pharmaceutical purposes, among other topics. Jack is a Clarendon Scholar with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University.
Jaime Swift is a biological and forensic anthropologist and archaeologist. She is a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University and a doctoral candidate in Archaeological Science. Jaime studied criminology and was a federal agent with the Australian Federal Police. She also previously spent a year on the professional tennis circuit. We discuss Jaime’s career as well as her impressive archaeological research findings.
Davis Rivera is an Oxford scholar specialising in Film Aesthetics. He wrote his dissertation on the Hungarian director Béla Tarr. Davis is originally from Port Arthur, Texas. He fields my questions about his origins as a cinephile, the state of Texas, Southern rap, and various filmmakers and actors including an in-depth discussion about his favourite actor Warren Beatty.
Mike King is founder of Smile Kids Japan, a non-profit organisation which connects volunteers with child welfare institutions. He’s also in the final stages of a DPhil in Social Policy at Oxford University. I met Mike through our college Pembroke and we chat a bit about college life before talking about his organisation and research. We discuss how Mike got started with the volunteer work in Japan, his experience with fundraising, and his subsequent policy research.