Monthly Archives: September 2018

Life after SCIO: alumnus wins Fulbright scholarship

SCIO is delighted by the news that alumnus Stanley Schwarz (Oxford Summer Programme, 2017), a native of Noblesville, Indiana, has been awarded a Fulbright postgraduate scholarship to conduct research at the Australian National University.

Concerning his research, Stanley writes:
I am currently a Fulbright postgraduate scholar in Canberra, researching the Australian Labor Party, 1910-1925, and the political, intellectual, and legal currents which shaped it and the Socialist movement in Australia during the same period.
Stanley’s passion for his subject began during his time as an undergraduate at Cedarville University, where he read for a double major in History and Economics: ‘During that time I did research in the development of American Socialism which led me towards broader interest in the intellectual, political, and social currents which shape Labor and Socialist political movements more generally.’

SCIO’s Academic Director, Dr Elizabeth Baigent, writes regarding Stanley’s achievement and his time in Oxford:
It was a great pleasure to have Stanley with us on the Oxford Summer Programme. He approached his Oxford work in the light of his ambitions for graduate school, making focused and intelligent use of Oxford’s research libraries and engaging in tutorial and other discussion on a graduate level and with broad geographical sweep. I remember discussions on British socialism, particularly the thesis that British socialism not Marxist, and he is now exploring the Australian situation. This epitomises his thoughtfulness and internationalism. SCIO tutors take great pleasure when their students secure opportunities which can be life changing.
Stanley writes that his time at SCIO represented an ‘excellent experience in [his] intellectual development’; he continues:
While at SCIO, I enjoyed a wonderful experience of intellectual challenge and research opportunity due to the resources of the Bodleian library. In [...]

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Life after SCIO: alumna wins conference award

SCIO is delighted that alumna Abigail Scott (Hilary Term, 2017), a graduate of Gordon College, has recently received a prize for a paper given at a conference.

Abigail was awarded second place in the critical essays category devoted to the study of works not British or American. Her prize-winning essay, presented at the Sigma Tau Delta International Honours Society Convention, considered ‘Narrative Distance in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart’. Abigail wrote the essay for a Postcolonial Literature tutorial while at SCIO, in Hilary term 2017; she writes: ‘when the call for papers related to the theme “Seeking Freedom” came out, I thought that an essay written for a tutorial in which the concepts of oppression, colonization, and imperialism were explored would be fitting.’
When I read the novel for the first time in preparation for my tutorial, I couldn’t help but feel uncomfortable with the narrative voice used throughout. It at first appeared to be a traditional omniscient, third-person narrator, but as I began to dig more deeply into the text I found that many of the characteristics of such a traditional omniscient narrator were missing in the text. Rather than delving into characters motivations and inner states, the narrator employs parables and oral storytelling techniques that create the effect of viewing the story through a foggy window; nothing is quite as a clear as it seems, and it feels almost as if the narrator is not fully equipped to provide the reader with the full story. As I wrote my essay, I came to the conclusion that this distance is inherently related to the narrator’s inability to fully align with the colonized or the colonizing characters in the novel. The narrative is full of [...]

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