June 03, 2018

Summer is Heating Up with Our June Events

Photo by: Stephen Elms SoA'08

With the sun shining and temperatures nearing 26ºC (77ºF for those that haven’t made the conversion) you’d be hard pressed not to think summer has arrived, but we’re still a few weeks from its official start. That’s no excuse not to get out and enjoy London at its finest. And CUCL has a number of things planned to help you do just that.

This Friday, June 8, join us for a performance by Thomas Bartlett & Nico Muhly (CC ‘04), plan a weekend getaway to Switzerland for Art Basel, or pop in at our Summer Solstice Happy Hour on the Greenwich Peninsula as we have drinks on the prime meridian followed by a cable car ride over the Thames near sunset. Lastly, close out the month with a international DJ sensation Mark Ronson at the JW3 Alan Howard Speaker Series.

And we’re just getting started. Make sure you ‘save the date’ for our upcoming activities in July, August, and September.

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



Maximilian Mancini, Head of the Young Alumni Committee 

Maximilian holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics and a concentration in Philosophy from Columbia College (2016). Having grown up in Italy, he moved to London in 2016 to work at Lazard as an investment banking analyst, having first spent time as a sailing instructor in more exotic parts of the world.

Maximilian helps coordinate the Young Alumni events as the Head of the Young Alumni Committee for CUCL.

News from fellow Alumni:


Judy Joo, speaks to the Columbia University SEAS class of 2018 as the Key Note Commencement speaker. 

CUCL’s own Judy Joo, owner and Chef Patron of Soho’s Jinjuu, returned to her alma mater to deliver the Commencement Speech for the SEAS graduating class of 2018. Watch her address HERE


Here’s what you (may have) missed:


Arts Access Tour: Picasso 1932 - Love, Fame, Tragedy 


Our tour of this fantastic exhibition at the Tate Modern took us on a whirlwind year in the life of Picasso. Rachel, our very knowledgeable guide, had a wealth of information on what we would now call a "midlife crisis" that triggered enormous creativity and amounts of art work, mostly inspired by Picasso’s new young lover: Marie-Therese Walter.  We also heard about the relationships Picasso had with other artists of the time, which helped us put everything into perspective.



Arts Access Tour: 


Mid May was immensely stimulating with exclusive CUCL Photo London VIP events! Photo London is a premier event in the global art calendar with booths of over hundred galleries specializing in photography installed in the lavish Somerset House. Photo London Board Member, Camilla Grimaldi, led a curated VIP collector tour of a few handpicked galleries giving CUCL members the opportunity to engage with leading Mayfair and global gallery directors. The breakfast event, at the studio of acclaimed conceptual photographer Sophy Rickett, we were privy to a preview of her residency work with a professor at Cambridge University. Her award-winning works are in the collections of the V&A and Centre George Pompidou, Paris.

Last Call:


Arts Access Concert: Thomas Bartlett & Nico Muhly (CC ‘04) | Friday June 8 7:30pm 

Dual pianos playing Balinese Ceremonial Music. Includes drinks on us and an exclusive meet and greet with our fellow alum, Nico.



Arts Access: Art Basel Curated Tour

CUCL is thrilled to partner with the Columbia Club of Basel to offer a much awaited Art Basel curated tour this year. Join fellow alumni in Switzerland.


Upcoming CUCL Events:

Summer Solstice Happy Hour | Sunday June 24 6:00pm

Start with drinks at All Bar One before heading to an (optional) sunset ride on the Emirates Airline Ride.



Alan Howard JW3 Speaker Series: Mark Ronson and George Lamb

You are cordially invited to an evening with internationally renowned DJ and five-time-Grammy-Award-winning artist and producer, Mark Ronson, and George Lamb, presenter of three successful series of E4’s ‘Big Brother’s Little Brother,’ as they discuss Mark’s success in the music industry, what it’s like to collaborate with some of the biggest names in the business, and the stories behind some of his hit albums.

Get Your Tickets


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.


Other Events:

BBC News Presenter Ros Atkins | June 21

BBC's Ros Atkins will share his experience working on the project "50:50 Challenge", which seeks to balance gender on BBC programmes. After his talk, the audience is invited to take part in a Q&A with Ros and share suggestions and views to find the best way forward. There will also be an optional tour of the BBC and a pub gathering for a drink.

Tickets on Eventbrite

Save the Date:

London's Iconic Pride Parade

Pride in London is an annual LGBT pride festival and parade held each summer in London, the Capital of England. Join CUCL and show your pride.



Arts Access: BBC Prom 12 with Alisa Weilerstein (CC'04) | July 23

Take part in the first ever CUCL Prom featuring acclaimed Columbia College (joint Juilliard) alumna and McArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" Fellow, cellist Alisa Weilerstein (CC'04) playing Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1, in a program that also includes Beethoven, Rachmaninov, and the UK premiere of Andre Norman's new work.



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