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Diversity at Oxford celebrated with new exhibition

CELEBRATION: Oxford University

A NEW exhibition - Making History: : Christian Cole, Alain Locke, and Oscar Wilde at Oxford – will focus on the three figures and celebrate “Oxford’s queer, black, and first generation graduates.

Oxford University’s first black African undergraduate, Christian Cole will be highlighted in the exhibition as the first African-American Rhodes scholar, and midwife to the Harlem Renaissance alongside Alain Locke; and the great Irish wit and dandy, Oscar Wilde.

These three were undergraduates at University, Hertford and Magdalen College, respectively.

By drawing these men together, the exhibition “highlights the surprising shared histories of Oxford’s Queer, Black and First Generation undergraduates by showcasing rare archives, and allowing the public a unique glimpse at the documents and drawings that bear witness to these remarkable young men’s lives and times.”

Magdalen College is showcasing the exhibition in the college’s Longwall Library as a part of a pan-Oxford event series with involvement by University, Hertford, and Mansfield colleges alongside Magdalen.

Curators include University librarian Elizabeth Adams, Magdalen librarian Daryl Green, and Associate Professor of English and Tutorial Fellow at Mansfield, Dr Michéle Mendelssohn.

Making History: Christian Cole, Alain Locke and Oscar Wilde at Oxford will run from May-October 2019 in the Longwall Library of Magdalen College, Oxford.

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