CUCL Annual Holiday Party
Come celebrate the season in style with CUCL in London's biggest casino—the Hippodrome. Ticket purchase includes two drinks, food, and access to the Learn to Play Roulette table in our private room. Guests, partners, colleagues welcome. Purchase before November 23rd to get early bird pricing!
Date: Wednesday December 6th
Time: 6:30 - 10:00pm
Where: The Hippodrome Casino London, Cranbourn St, London WC2H 7JH
Tickets (£35 before Nov. 23rd): HERE
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Appropriately held on the one hundredth anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the opening slide of this excellent presentation was of an English country church and yard compared with a picture of a Mosque. In Britain today we have a multicultural society which is screaming equal rights for both religions. In his book Holy Lands, the Economist’s Middle East correspondent, Nicolas Pelham, describes a rather different situation. What started with settled millets, or geographical regions, descended into factional war and religious segregation and lack of inclusion. Is the way forward, he asks, to reiterate Lord Balfour’s declaration for the setting up of Israel in Palestine? And to eventually have people of different religions living side by side.
After a riveting interview by Al Jazeera English reporter, and Journalism School alum (and CUCL Board member) Jessica Baldwin, the author kindly signed books and joined in the reception afterwards.
Columbia Connects is an annual tradition that brings alumni together to celebrate their alumni connection while welcoming any new graduates to the area. Throughout a 2-week period this month every club hosted an event. London’s Columbia Connects took place this year in the heart of St. James at upmarket European brasserie, Quaglino’s.
Open Board Meeting | Monday November 20th
Are you interested to get involved with CUCL Leadership and planning? Please join us at this year’s Open Board Meeting where we will review current plans, provide a refresher course on management tools and map out 2018. Our newly formed Arts Access Committee, CVC (Entrepreneurship) Committee and Young Alumni Committee will be present so we encourage anyone interested in planning events in those areas (or others) to attend. This club is made possible only with the hard work and energy of fellow alumni volunteers so we welcome your efforts.
Note: if you are unable to attend please email for call-in details to participate remotely.
Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly? | Thursday November 23rd
Drawing on his new book, Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly, Columbia University's Executive Vice President, Global Centers and Global Development, Professor Safwan Masri, will examine the factors that contributed to Tunisia’s experience after the Arab Spring, focusing on the country’s history of reformism in the domains of education, religion and women’s rights. Is Tunisia’s experience in recent years largely different to that of other Arab nations? If so, why? Or does it face the same challenges as its regional neighbours in rebuilding society?
Afternoon Classical Recital | Saturday December 9th
Taking you on a historical journey of music, classical musicians Yvonne Wang (violin) and Jane Lu (piano) will perform iconic pieces starting from Baroque, leading to the Romantics and ending with modern tango:
The Four Seasons (Summer and Winter) — Vivaldi
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major — Beethoven
Music at Sunset — Yinghai Li
Zigeunerweisen — Sarasate
Vuelvo al sur — Piazzolla