Meeting Minds Global 2021

13 - 14
Monday, September 13, 2021 - 12:00 to Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 17:00
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Talk / Lecture

The Short History of Women's Reading by Dr Belinda Jack

13th September 17:00 BST

Belinda Jack, Official Student and Tutor in French at Christ Church, and Gresham Professor of Rhetoric (2014-2018), will be giving a lecture at 17:00BST on Monday 13th September, entitled 'The Short History of Women's Reading'. Jack has been teaching Modern French Literature at Christ Church for thirty years and has written both for an academic, and a wider public, including a highly acclaimed Yale University Press book on the History of Women's Reading (The Woman Reader, 2012), and an O.U.P. Very Short Introduction to Reading (2019). She is currently translating Colette for Penguin World Classics while writing a new biography.

See below for the sneak preview of Belinda's lecture:
The Roman poet Juvenal (first to second centuries A.D.), wrote, ‘I loathe the woman… who quotes lines I’ve never heard.’ Women readers have been the subject of suspicion since the very beginning of reading. And in many parts of the world this remains the case. The history of reading is remarkably short, relative to homo sapiens; it is even shorter in relation to women.


Frideswide Voices of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, in Concert directed by Helen Smee

14th September 18:00 BST

Frideswide Voices, the Cathedral girls' choir, presents a selection of music for upper voices from around the world. From the Scottish Highlands to the American mid-West, the programme explores themes of identity, belonging and community. Works by Benjamin Britten, J.S. Bach and Eleanor Daley sit alongside arrangements of traditional songs and instrumental works which examine the ways in which we are formed and shaped by places, people and faith. 

Helen Smee is a conductor, organist and accompanist specialising in choral direction. A prize-winning graduate of the Choral Conducting course at the Royal Academy of Music, she works with a wide range of singers and instrumentalists across London and the South East. She leads choral workshops for schools, festivals and music organisations throughout the UK. She took up the post of Director of Frideswide Voices, the girls' choir of Christ Church Cathedral, in September 2019.


Apart from the two events organised by Christ Church, the University is also organising various events including exclusive academic insights, discussion and interactive workshops at Meeting Minds Global.

Register once for the Meeting Minds Global online event and pay only £10 to access all sessions and recordings during the event, and after.

Please note that you'll need your Oxford Number to book. In order to access your Oxford Number, please contact the Alumni Office by emailing or calling +44(0)1865 611610.

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