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Oxford Study Abroad Programme - Week 2

Updated: Sep 3, 2019

This summer, Christian Maloney '21 and John DiGravio '21 attended the Reagan-Thatcher Lecture Series at the University of Oxford. Their participation was sponsored by the George Edward Durell Scholarship, a special grant from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.


During the second week of the programme, Christian and John participated in seminars on free market economics with Dr. Madsen Pirie. Dr. Pirie is co-founder and president of the Adam Smith Institute, a U.K. think tank best known for its influential role in guiding the economic policy of the Margaret Thatcher premiership.


Christian and John also attended lectures presented by Brigadier General John James Keeling. Brigadier Keeling has a distinguished career of service in the British Armed Forces and offered military perspectives on defense and foreign policy topics:

  • British-American Intelligence

  • U.S.-U.K. Intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan

  • Operational Intelligence in a Counter-insurgency Campaign - Northern Ireland

  • Anglo-American Relations & Foreign Policy During the Falklands War

Outside of the lecture hall, Christian and John completed their first week of tutorial essays. Christian studied the role of the American president in foreign policy, while John wrote about Edmund Burke and imperial controversies in Ireland and India.


During the week, Christian and John visited Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

Christian and John are deeply grateful for the support of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the George Edward Durell Scholarship. They look forward to sharing more updates from their studies abroad in the coming weeks.

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