April 03, 2018

April and May Events

Here’s to hoping that the impending April showers really do bring about May flowers—we deserve them. If we don’t have future flowers, we at least have some exciting events coming up! Another Happy Hour mixer with another University, an entrepreneurial breakfast, the next Open Board meeting, a visiting professor from Columbia’s Earth Institute and Picasso at the Tate.

With so much on offer, we hope to see you soon.

— The CUCL Board

Here’s what you (may have) missed:

Arts Access Studio Visit: Miles Aldridge


CUCL had an exclusive studio visit with the iconic British photographer Miles Aldridge whose vibrant works are in the permanent collection of the V&A, National Portrait Gallery and have been exhibited worldwide. Over drinks and nibbles, the Alumni had a guided tour of Miles' works by the acclaimed artist himself. This provided a rich insight into his creative process and philosophical inspirations. We began with a preview of with his latest photographic series, continued with works exhibited at his solo at the Somerset House and moved to works with Carousel props exhibited at the Tate which were a response to Gertler's work made in 1916. Overall the Alumni had a stimulating and engaging evening meeting new Alums and having an intimate chat with the ever friendly Miles over some great Italian wine! We even had a book signing session with limited edition publications. Watch the newsletter for more such events.

Public Speaking Workshop with LBS


The public speaking workshop took place at London Business School’s main campus and was designed to introduce public speaking skills to CUCL and LBS EMBA students. Throughout a three part session attendees learned about delivering engaging speeches, impromptu speeches, and a prepared speech. All speeches were evaluated by Sammy Engele, the LBS Student-led Initiatives Manager, co-president of LBS Public Speaking Club and an experienced member of Toastmasters International of Communication, Public Speaking and Leadership expert, who shared tips on improving delivery.

After the workshop, the networking drinks were held at the Windsor Castle, also the location for this month’s Happy Hour.

US Alumni Club Quiz Night

An improvement upon last year’s fifth place tie, this year CUCL tied for fourth place! Major credit to our own Suresh Jones who single-handedly beat every other American University (including Duke, Vanderbilt and UT Austin) in a bonus round chugging contest. Not only did this help us finish as the top Ivy present (here’s looking at you Penn) but earned us bragging rights for the next year. Already looking forward to next year’s competition. If we can wait that long…

Alan Howard JW3 Speaker Series: Jeremy Irons & Tania Bryer

It’s not every Monday night that you get to share a glass of wine with an Academy Award winner, but the lucky few who attended the latest of Alan Howard’s Speaker Series did just that. British Television and CNBC’s Tania Bryer interviewed the Oscar, Tony Award, and Emmy winner, Jeremy Irons. Currently starring in Long Day’s Journey Into the Night (but perhaps more familiarly known as the voice of Scar in Disney's The Lion King). Irons provided candid, insightful conversation and inspired much laughter. As always, thanks to the generous support of Alan Howard (CC Parent '19 & '21).

April Events

April Happy Hour with EMBA-Global | Wednesday April 4, 7:00pm


Learn More HERE


CVC Breakfast Club | Friday April 6, 9:00am


All are welcome to our kickoff breakfast for the Columbia Venture Community.

Learn More HERE


Open Board Meeting | Monday April 9, 7:00pm


Please email [email protected] if interested in attending.


Where do Superstorms come from? Everything you ever wanted to ask a Climate Scientist | Monday April 16, 6:30pm


Please join CUCL and visiting Professor Richard Seager, of Palisades Geophysical Institute and Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, for an evening at Notre Dame (USA) in England. 

Learn More HERE


Arts Access Private Tour: Picasso 1932–Love, Fame, Tragedy | Friday May 11, 7:00pm


CUCL has secured a private tour with a Tate Expert Guide; booking options available for Tate members and non-members. 

Learn More HERE

Save the Date:

Arts Access: Photo London | May 17-20

Photo London was created to give London an international photography event befitting the city’s status as a global cultural capital. Now in its fourth edition, Photo London has established itself as a world-class photography fair and as a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community. Each year CUCL secures tickets and exclusive access tours - stay tuned for what’s in store this edition.

Arts Access: Art Basel | June 14-17

Art Basel show brings the international artworld together, with 291 of the world's leading galleries showing the works of over 4,000 artists. A full program of artworld talks takes place each day. Exhibitions and events are also offered by cultural institutions in Basel and the surrounding area, creating an exciting, region-wide art week. CUCL will cooperate with the Basel chapter of the Columbia Alumni Association of Switzerland for this event.


Stay tuned. Watch the website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more details.

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