March 16, 2017

March News 2017

Spring is here, and with it, the CUCL is stepping up its programming—we've had a number of amazing events which you can read about below, and are looking forward to more—and this is the reason why we are exceptionally skipping our "Meet the Board" section this month.

We look forward to meeting you at one (or all!) of our events!

Events Roundup:

Quiz Night


Can you name the novel for which this is the first line, "It was a bright day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen"? Or do you know how many U.S. states are landlocked (don't border an ocean, great lake, or the Gulf)? Or who is Reginald Kenneth Dwight?

These were just a few of questions that faced the CUCL quiz team at the Prince Of Wales pub when they competed at the US Alumni Club Quiz Night on March 2nd. While not triumphant, the team tied for 5th place in a field of ten teams. Columbia fell short of winning by only a few points (it was a very contested event) but the Lions were champs for the most spirited participants with their enthusiasm and team shirts.

If interested in owning your very own shirt, please contact Courtney. First come, first served. Only five medium remaining. £16 each.

If you’d like to learn more about the US Alumni Club visit their website

President Bollinger reception at Tate Modern


Following global faculty and trustee meetings, President Lee C. Bollinger '71LAW spent Sunday afternoon at the Tate Modern for a special Columbia program. A select group of attendees, including CUCL Board members, enjoyed small group tours led by Tate Modern exhibition experts. Highlights included Kader Attia’s Untitled (Ghardaïa) town sculpture composed entirely of cous cous along with a few of Louise Bourgeois' infamous spiders.

Chair of the University Board of Trustees, Johnathan Schiller '69CC, '73LAW introduced fellow trustee Claire Shipman '86CC, '94SIPA, current senior national correspondent for the ABC program, Good Morning America, who put Bollinger in the hot seat regarding the shifting journalist landscape and the role Columbia should play within a dynamic political climate.

In classic British fashion, the afternoon was capped with high tea, champagne and networking. We look forward to future London visits from Columbia trustees, staff and faculty.

Teachers College Reception at Houses of Parliament 


On Saturday, March 11 members of the Teachers College community in London were treated to an evening at the House of Commons with a lovely view of the Thames River. Guests had the opportunity to hear from President Susan Fuhrman about all of the latest leading-edge research to becoming out of the College.

Photos from the event are available on this Facebook album.

Upcoming Events:

CUCL Inaugural Walking Tour—Soho | Sunday March 26th

Our Inaugural CUCL Walking Tour is here at last!

Our amazing alumni Boyko Boev (LW'04) and Susana Seijas (JRN'01) are the brains—and voice—behind these walks, which we know will be very successful. We will start with that most Londonian of places... Soho.

If the City of London is the financial heart of London, Soho is the area for musicals and entertainment. Diverse and tolerant Soho has always been linked to the international community in London. The walk will explore the rich history of Soho, by passing by the homes of famous residents such as Mozart, Marx, Baird, stopping by renown bars and music clubs and discovering Soho’s squares surrounded by international media and film companies. 

We will meet on Sunday March 26, at 3 pm in front of Boots on Piccadilly Circus. 
The walk will last 2 hours. After the walk we can have a drink at the Marquee, a music venue which became famous owning to performances by bands like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and Pink Floyd.

April Happy Hour at Jinjuu | Tuesday April 4th


Join Columbia University Club of London for our April Happy Hour at Jinjuu Soho. This special evening is being hosted by fellow Columbia alumna Judy Joo (SEAS ’97). As a Korean-American French-trained chef based in London, Judy’s culinary expertise spans the globe. As the host of Cooking Channel’s ‘Korean Food Made Simple’, Judy is a culinary ambassador for Korean cuisine who brings the robust flavors of her native country into home kitchens each week. In May 2016, she released her first cookbook, Korean Food Made Simple.

This is a ticketed event, there will be no admission at the door.  Space is limited so be sure to book HERE before it sells out!

  • Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
  • Time: 6:00-8:00pm
  • Where: Jinjuu Soho, Kingly Court, 15 Kingly St, Carnaby, London W1B 5PS
  • RSVP: here
  • Cover: £16 (including service charge)
    • + one cocktail or beer or wine
    • + Korean street food bites
    • + chance to win a signed copy of "Korean Food Made Simple"

Barnard alumnae | Talk with Professor Hisham Matar | Wednesday April 5th


Join Barnard alumnae in London for a talk by author and Barnard professor Hisham Matar about his award-winning new book, The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between. The New York Times wrote: “It seems unfair to call Hisham Matar’s extraordinary new book a memoir, since it is so many other things besides: a reflection on exile and the consolations of art, an analysis of authoritarianism, a family history, a portrait of a country in the throes of revolution, and an impassioned work of mourning.”

The lecture will take the audience across disciplines and delve into key questions of hope, art, history and politics. The evening will begin with a reception and book signing will follow the presentation.

Tennis LBS CUCL | Saturday April 8th


Our annual Columbia-LBS Tennis Social is here!

We have booked four indoor courts at Westway Sports Centre for two hours via The LBS Tennis Club. 8 players from each team will be playing double matches against each other.

A great opportunity for tennis regulars to make friends and connect, refresh your tennis skills and have a great time! We only have 8 spots available, so please RSVP and secure the spots as soon as possible!

Facebook and LinkedIn group? 

Did you know we have a LinkedIn group? We have created this group for those alumni who want to network for business purposes, and don't use FB in that capacity. Please join and invite any fellow Columbia alumni too!

And, please "Like" our new Facebook page at /ColumbiaClubLon or follow us on Twitter @ColumbiaClubLon

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