Tuesday, March 20, 2018

COATS OF ARMS | Talk to OUS London on April 16, 2018



Coats of Arms of the Oxford Colleges
John Tepper Marlin
Monday 16th April 2018
The Oxford and Cambridge Club, Pall Mall
Postscript: Report on the talk is here

Dear OUS-London member,   
JT Marlin’s fascination with coats of arms started when he was sent to Ampleforth College and took his meals in a Yorkshire castle dining room surrounded by marvellous stained-glass windows featuring these curious shields with stylized symbols and fantastical creatures. It has remained a life-long interest.

John has been in the business of writing since a student at Harvard, where in 1961 he wrote and edited the first edition of The Let's Go Guide to Europe. He read PPE at Trinity, Oxford, and whilst earning a Ph.D. in economics in the US, he served as a Federal Government economist in Washington, D.C. and then was appointed Chief Economist for the New York City Comptroller. Heading the Council on Municipal Performance for 20 years, he wrote eight books comparing U.S. and international cities. He is now a full-time writer on historical subjects.

In 2015, John wrote an article on coats of arms for the alumni publication Oxford Today which attracted valuable comment and insight from readers. Based on the feedback and further research, he commenced work on a new book investigating, explaining and illustrating college coats of arms. 

This evening John will delve into the coats of arms of our Oxford colleges, drawing comparisons between paired coats of arms, highlighting examples of shared heritage, some interesting curiosities and the key to understanding their symbolism and conventions.  

We very much hope that you will be able to join us in the suitably august and stately surrounds of the Oxford and Cambridge Club. Following the talk, drinks and canapés will be served providing the customary OUS-London opportunity to meet with fellow alumni and guests. Your non-Oxonian friends and family are welcome.
Coats of Arms of the Oxford Colleges
Monday 16th April 2018
Tickets : £35      6:30pm : Arrival  7:00pm : Talk followed by Reception  Dress : Lounge Suit

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