July 03, 2018

July News and Upcoming Events

Photo by: Stephen Elms SoA'08

Lots of celebrations this month. The United States 🇺🇸 is turning 242 years old tomorrow. The LGBTQ community is celebrating Pride 🌈 And soon we’ll be crowning a new World Cup Champion ⚽

And that’s not all… we also have our second Columbia Venture Club (CVC) roundtable, alumnus Stephane Cojot-Goldberg (BUS ‘05) presenting his abstract photography, and Alisa Weilerstein (CC '04) will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall.

August is shaping up too. Director Kim Weild (SoA ‘07) is presenting American Moor at Shakespeare’s Globe. We’ll also be attempting our 2nd annual Summer Picnic - For Columbians and Their Families (hopefully less rainy than last year).

More is in the works, so stay tuned and be sure to follow us on our webpage, facebook and instagram.

Please also keep in touch. We’d love to get feedback on events you’ve attended, or the types of activities you’d like the club to plan. Reach out at [email protected]

— The CUCL Board

Register to Vote:


Since 2006, Vote From Abroad (VFA) had been dedicated to helping US citizens vote from absolutely anywhere in the world. In partnership with the US Alumni Club, VFA is working with local clubs to assure anyone living in the UK know their rights and can register to vote in the midterm elections this November.

Each state has their own deadlines, so please visit VoteFromAbroad.org to lean more.

Here’s what you (may have) missed:

Arts Access Concert: Thomas Bartlett & Nico Muhly (CC ‘04)


Acclaimed alumnus composer Nico Muhly (CC ’04) was in town to perform his new piece “Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music” at LSO St Luke’s. Nico kindly took time to join us for a drink before the performance and our small CUCL group then attended the concert, a series of songs and musical pieces performed by Nico, his friend Thomas Bartlett, percussionist Chris Thomson, and a quartet from LCO. A truly beautiful and evocative musical universe that is hard to categorize but left us with a sense of well being.

Nico will be back in London in November, and we are already planning to hear his work again: “The Last Letter” with the Britten Sinfonia, commemorating the end of the Great War, and later that month he will be curating “Old Bones” at King’s Place with Iestyn Davies and the Aurora Orchestra. Stay tuned for more information!

Summer Solstice Happy Hour


On a perfectly pleasant Sunday evening, CUCL members joined for drinks and food at The O2 on the Greenwich peninsula. Laughs and stories were shared. We had some new faces, a few people just passing through London for the week, and a few very young future Lions attend with their parents.

Once our glasses were empty, and the sun was low in the sky, a group enjoyed stunning views on the Emirates Air Line cable car across the River Thames.

Alan Howard JW3 Speaker Series: Mark Ronson and George Lamb


In a relatively intimate setting, CUCL attendees were graced with five-time Grammy Award winner Mark Ronson’s informal storytelling about his climb to success and making music. He considers his first DJ set to have taken place at age 8 when he realised by playing music on the loudspeakers he could influence his parents’ party guests outside. From Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album and the sensation that is Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk, Ronson is the man behind much of the music that tops the charts globally.

Thanks to the generous support of Columbia parent Alan Howard (CC Parent ‘19, ‘21) whose Speaker Series leave us inspired. Stay tuned for the next round which will take place in the autumn.

Upcoming CUCL Events for July:



Pride in London Parade 2018 | Saturday July 7 @ 12:00

The Pride in London Parade provides a platform for every part of London’s LGBT+ community to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and campaign for the freedoms that will allow us to live our lives on a genuinely equal footing.

If you're interested in volunteering to manage the LGBTQ group, get in touch at [email protected]




New Undergraduate Students Send Off Reception | Sunday July 8 @ 12:00

As the school year is about to end in the UK, we will be having a Send Off Party for all of the high school seniors admitted to Columbia College and SEAS. Kurt Roeloffs (CC '84) has kindly offered to host this Event at his office. This a chance to continue representing Columbia--share your knowledge about the campus with the newest members of our community!




July Happy Hour | Tuesday July 10 @ 19:00 

Join the US Alumni club at their Tipple, a monthly get together open to all alumni of US Universities. It's the perfect opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow alums.




CVC Roundtable: Starting an Entrepreneurial Journey | Thursday July 12 @ 18:30

We’ll be meeting in Microsoft’s new start-up space in Shoreditch for an evening of drinks, networking, and engaging round table discussions centered around topics such as making the entrepreneurial leap, building a team, and finding great ideas. This event is for everyone interested in entrepreneurship - whether you’re a founder, start-up employee, investor, or work in corporate and have no clue where to start!




Abstract Atlas of the World: When to take a sabbatical

Join Stephane Cojot-Goldberg (CBS '05) for a conversation on 'when to take a sabbatical' and his work in abstract photography. 

Journalist, collectors, art fans... all welcome.


Save the Date:


Arts Access: American Moor at Shakespeare’s Globe | Sunday Aug 12 18:00

Acclaimed director Kim Weild (SoA ‘07) is bringing “American Moor” to Shakespeare’s Globe. An 85-minute solo play written and performed by African-American actor, Keith Hamilton Cobb, examining the experience and perspective of black men in America through the metaphor of William Shakespeare’s character, Othello.



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