Sunday Library Meetings
are held from 8pm till late in Univ
(map). We'll meet outside Univ at 8pm in case the gate is locked.
But if you come late, the OUSFG Library is in Staircase 8 Room 2 – in the far left corner of the main quad, one floor up.
These evenings are an opportunity to socialise, and chat about life, the universe and everything, whilst also perusing and borrowing from OUSFG's library of over 2000 books.
Wednesday discussion meetings (except for Silly Games in 8th Week) are held at 8pm in Wadham's Old Seminar Room. Wadham is here. The Old Seminar Room is at the top-right of this college map. We will be meeting at Wadham's main gate to find the room together, but if you come late, ask the porters or follow these directions:
From the main entrance to Wadham, go to Back Quad through the passage at the back right of the front quad. Go through the passageway to your left across the corner of back quad (the passageway with the war memorial), through the doors and then out of the door on the right. Go into the small courtyard to the left of the white round-ended building, then through the passageway on the left, and follow signs for the Old Seminar Room.Wednesday film meetings will be held at 8pm in the Merton College Annexe at 7 Holywell Street, almost opposite to the New College main entrance (map). It is nowhere near Merton itself, so don't go there! Meet outside the wooden gates at 8pm to be let into the quad. The Music Room is in the basement of Block A.
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|16 Jan||Wednesday||1st Week||Discussion||Adaptations and use of medium in SF|
|23 Jan||Wednesday||2nd Week||Film|
|30 Jan||Wednesday||3rd Week||Discussion||Philosophy in SF (run by Jenni)|
|6 Feb||Wednesday||4th Week||Film||Moon. 250,000 miles from home, the hardest thing to face... is yourself.|
|13 Feb||Wednesday||5th Week||Discussion||
Epic and SF (run by Matt and Emma).|
"Are you telling me that the Iliad has androids in it? The Iliad has everything in it." - Dan Simmons, Ilium.
Epic poetry and SF might seem like unlikely bedfellows, but many SF authors have taken inspiration from these literary classics for their works (Philip Pullman most completely). Some might even consider that these represent the beginnings of the genre with their tales of exploring the boundaries of the known world and exploring others. Focusing on Homer, Chaucer, and Milton (although probably also Hesiod and Virgil) we will show you how essential Epic poetry is to SF, and why they are worth reading (even if you're not a literature nerd)!
|14 Feb||Thursday||5th Week||Quiz||Oxford Geek Quiz — battle of wits and knowledge against Docsoc, Tolksoc, RPGsoc, et al. Bring your own round of questions if you like (don't tell anyone the answers). 8pm, St John's College, North Quad Lecture Room.|
|20 Feb||Wednesday||6th Week||Film||Blade Runner. Ridley Scott's Science Fiction noir classic, loosely based on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. A 2004 Guardian poll voted this the best SF movie of all time. If you haven't seen it before, come find out whether you agree. If you have seen it, come see it afresh: we will watch the "Final Cut".|
|27 Feb||Wednesday||7th Week||Discussion||Eugenics and population control in SF (run by Whitney).|
|2 Mar||Saturday||7th Week||Banquet||7pm at Chutney's Indian Restraunt on New Inn Hall Street.|
|6 Mar||Wednesday||8th Week||Discussion||Silly Games in Balliol College (map) Massey Room (map). Go through the passageway at the back left corner of the Front Quad into Garden Quad. Staircase XIX is at the far back left corner. Go through the small passageway there and the Massey room is on your right.|