Things were going well for me at Oxford. As I wrote to my mother, “I have been nominated as one of four graduate students to sit on the Joint Hebdomadal Council, which is a body composed of all the headmasters of the various colleges and twenty of the senior faculty members. This body is similar to the body called “Regents” at an American university. Unfortunately, I am not at liberty to say much about what the council does because virtually all material covered at the meetings is confidential. Many of the matters deal with pending legislation in Parliament and sensitive university affairs.” It was at this point that I began to think of myself as an “insider” at Oxford.
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