Societies

Many members of the Green Templeton College community play instruments, sing, dance and enjoy extracurricular activities.
As well as being ideal for relaxation from the pressures of academic study and research, social activities add a valuable dimension to the academic, cultural and social life of our community.

 

Green Templeton College Big Band

The Green Templeton College Big Band performing at the Garden Party 2019.
Contact: Richard Canter and Jordan Gorenberg
The Green Templeton College Big band was set up in the academic year 2018-2019 after an informal survey of students suggested there was enthusiasm for such an initiative. In particular, the University has many students who have achieved a high standard of musical playing ability and were looking for informal opportunities to keep up the fun of performing. The band meet three times a term on Sunday afternoon rehearsing in the Radcliffe Observatory Common Room. The band is a popular choice among students and staff for college events, with recent bookings including the annual garden party, college ball and graduations. The band to date comprises: piano, bass, drums, alto saxs, tenor saxs, baritone sax, trumpets, trombones, and male and female singers, either solo or close harmony.
Anyone who plays a Big Band instrument, e.g. saxophones and brass, are very welcome to join and if necessary we double up on front line instruments. We do not audition, but you will feel more comfortable if you are a reasonable sight reader although music will be sent to you if you wish to practise beforehand. We have an established pianist and drummer and are not looking to replace these players. Instruments in particular that would be especially welcome this year are bass guitar (no jazz experience necessary) or double bass.

 

Green Templeton Choir


Contact: Roland Rosner
A new Green Templeton Community Choir has been established for beginners who have never sung before as well as more experienced singers – there are no auditions. The Choir will be meeting every Wednesday this term from 6pm to 7:30pm. If you’re available, please feel free to come and sing. Sessions are free! And drop an email to roland.rosner@gtc.ox.ac.uk if you’d like to be added to the list for choir notices.

 

The Oxford African Choir


Contact: Acheampong Atta-Boateng
This choir was initiated in November 2017 to share African inspirational and gospel music from across the continent with the wider Oxford community. Based in Green Templeton, the choir is closely associated with The Oxford Africa Society. Open to all, both Africans and friends of Africa, it meets at Green Templeton weekly during term time and has performed at several college and University events including Green Templeton’s 10th anniversary garden party. For more information, please contact Acheampong Atta-Boateng.

 

GTC Performs!


These events are held once a term for performers of any standard and any type of music to perform short items in the relaxed environment of a Green Templeton audience. If you play an instrument, sing, dance or recite, whatever your standard and whether solo or with others, please do come to GTC Performs! and perform for friends and colleagues. To participate, simply email roland.rosner@gtc.ox.ac.uk  with what you want to perform and roughly how long it would last.

 

Oxford Global Health and Care Systems Group


Contact: student.soc-oghcs@gtc.ox.ac.uk
The Global Health and Care Systems Student Society is based at Green Templeton College and facilitates interesting discussions around global health. Previous topics include talks about diffusion of innovation, healthcare in rural environments, health systems research, training of medical professionals and a global health book club! Sign up to become a member of the society here,  or email them at student.soc-oghcs@gtc.ox.ac.uk.

 

Book Club


The Green Templeton College Book Club meets twice a term to discuss modern novels that are available in paperback. Meetings are open to all members of the college and their guests. Books for discussion are agreed by members of the club. Any member may propose a book to be read, on the basis that either they, or someone they know, are willing to introduce it. There are no formal membership arrangements. If you are interested, please just come along. You will find a very warm welcome, sherry or orange juice and a lively discussion. Several members dine in college after meetings.
Meetings are held on Thursdays at 18.00 in the Fellows’ Room off the Common Room in the Radcliffe Observatory. Details of dates and books are listed in the college events section of this website and the weekly email newsletter. If you contact Paul Brankin, you will be sent regular details and reminders of all meetings. For further information please contact either Paul Brankin, Berne Ferry, Mary McMenamin, or Roland Rosner.

 

Green Templeton Wine Society


This well-established Green Templeton College wine appreciation society has no membership list as such, so is open to all members of the college and their guests.
Wine Society events are announced via the college bulletin, bookable at the Porters’ Lodge and payable on the night (students £10, seniors £20).
Gerald Sacks organises them and arranges speakers to come give a presentation of wines from a specific wine-producing area. The tastings are not commercial and although there is often the opportunity to buy wines, there is no expectation on anyone to purchase.
Members of college who have a special interest in wine and are willing to present a tasting are very welcome and should contact Gerald at gerald.sacks@gtc.ox.ac.uk or gerald.sacks@gmail.com.

 

Medical Anthropology Film and Discussion Group


Contact: Paola Esposito
The Green Templeton Medical Anthropology Film & Discussion Group explores the extent to which film can complement, enrich and further the study of medical anthropology themes, topics and methods. After watching selected clips, we discuss a film’s content and approach, and interrogate its capacity to support the analysis of issues relating to illness, crisis, health and wellbeing. This term we focus on the theme of the ‘skin’. A background in medical anthropology is not required and all students are very welcome to join the discussion group.

 

Social Science Seminars and Discussion Group


Contact: Alex Midlen
The social sciences in Green Templeton are represented as a broad spectrum ranging through population and demography, public health, anthropology, human geography, criminology and more. The seminar series was started in 2018 to act as a meeting space and occasion for students from these disciplines, and as a prompt for interesting interdisciplinary discussions through which we can all grow as scholars.
The group has a broad theme of Inequality and Environment. What the group does is still evolving. To date seminars have involved academics from the University, there is interest in a Discussion Group, and we have a small budget for other events based on an exchange of ideas. What would you like to see? If you want to get involved (it’s not a heavy workload by any means!) please email Alex.