January 22, 2024

New Year, New Events: Connect, Celebrate, Collaborate this February


We hope you've had a wonderful start to the new year.


The CUCL executive board recently had the privilege of attending a special Columbia University alumni event at the Wallace Collection in London, where President Minouche Shafik spoke. In her role for just over six months, President Shafik shared insights about her vision and the challenges Columbia has faced. It was a delight to welcome her back to London, a city that has been a significant part of her impressive career.


We're coming out roaring (pun intended) and excited about what 2024 has in store for our alumni. February is packed with events, and we plan to keep the momentum going throughout the year with more opportunities for alumni to meet in person. We're also working on events tailored to specific groups and interests, like SIPA and Columbia Pride, and will have dedicated sections of our website to learn more. Join SIPA HERE and Columbia Pride HEREDon’t forget you can also connect with Alumni on our members only Slack team, just login and follow this link HERE.


Kicking off our calendar are two distinct events, coincidentally scheduled for the same evening. You'll have a choice to make: attend the Seven Sisters gathering for Barnard College alumni or join the Columbia Pride and US Alumni Club LGBTQ+ Happy Hour. The week following brings our much-anticipated Chinese New Year's dinner—reserve your spot soon as it's known to sell out quickly! Additionally, SIPA alumni can look forward to a happy hour at The Perseverance in Bloomsbury. More details on these events are provided below.


Lastly, we're looking to host book talks and speaker series but are in need of a venue. Our usual spaces aren't available post-pandemic. If you or your company can help out with a space, please reach out to us at [email protected].


We can't wait to see you all in 2024 and hope you can join us at one of our events.


— Stephen, Laetitia, Rana, John, and the rest of the board


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February Events:


Columbia Pride and US Alumni Club LGBTQ+ Happy Hour | Retro Bar | February 7 @ 18:30

Let's kick-off LGBTQ+ History Month with a spirited happy hour at the always fun Retro Bar, located near Charing Cross, London. Hosted by Columbia Pride* and US Alumni Club Britain, this event is a perfect opportunity for LGBTQIA+ alumni from US and UK universities to connect and create lasting memories.

📢 Spread the word—bring your friends for an evening brimming with cheer and good company. Let's honor our history and build our future together!


*🦁 🏳️‍🌈 Columbia Pride is the official organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) and allied alumni of all schools of Columbia University.


Seven Sisters College Conference Cèilidh Fundraiser | St Columba's Church Of Scotland | February 7 @ 18:30

Barnard College alumna, the Seven Sisters College Conference of London is pleased to invite you to an evening of Scottish dancing to shake off the winter blues. The dancing will be taught and called by the one-and-only John Carver, so no prior experience is necessary. The dances are quite simple and a lot of fun, so all ages are welcome! There is no dress code, but do wear comfortable shoes for dancing.

Tickets are £30 per person plus Eventbrite fees. This includes a donation to the Barbara Ilias Discovery Grant, which supports students from our colleges attending a study abroad program at a UK university.


Chinese New Year's Dinner 2024 | Royal China Chuan | February 16 @ 18:30

In keeping with CUCL tradition, we will celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Dragon with a dinner at Royal China Chuan restaurant in London’s Chinatown. 

Your ticket (£35 + £2 processing fee) will include a seated dinner with a variety of authentic, seasonal food. shared in the company of fellow Columbia alumni. Please note that drinks can be purchased separately on the day.


SIPA Alumni Happy Hour 2024 | The Perseverance | February 21 @ 18:30

Mark your calendars for February 21st as we kick off 2024 with a lively happy hour in the heart of central London at 6:30 PM. It's the perfect opportunity to catch up with fellow alumni, make new connections, and relive some of your favorite memories from your time at SIPA.


Future Events:


Hadestown | Lyric Theatre | April 17 @ 19:30

Hadestown, the acclaimed Broadway musical phenomenon by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and directed by Columbia Alumni Rachel Chavkin SoA '08, makes its long-awaited West End premiere at the Lyric Theatre. Hadestown is the winner of 8 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theatre Album.

Booking deadline: February 13

Details on the website.

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