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'The Oxford of Maurice Bowra and Hugh Trevor Roper'

Paul Woodruff (Philosophy), Roger Louis (History), and David Leal (Government)

Fri, August 26, 2011 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 AM

In unorthodox vein, this seminar session will draw on two recent biographies to
discuss teaching at Oxford in the first half of the twentieth century.  The two
biographies, both outstanding, are by Leslie Mitchell, Maurice Bowra, and Adam
Sisman, Hugh Trevor-Roper.  Bowra was the classical scholar and legendary
Warden of Wadham College renowned for his wit and conversation.  Trevor-Roper
was the towering Regius Professor of History famous for his devastating attacks
on fellow historians.  Both Bowra and Trevor-Roper represented Oxford
traditions that from today's vantage point seem virtually extinct-the Oxford of

Paul Woodruff will discuss Bowra, Roger Louis will comment on Trevor-Roper, and
David Leal will ask whether there are any enduring legacies in the tutorial
method, and more generally in Oxford's elite system of education, that have
enduring relevance for teaching in the twenty-first century.

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