October 14, 2017

October News and Upcoming Events

First, warm welcome to the fresh graduates recently added to the CUCL community—be sure to join us at the Columbia Connects event next month if not before.

Over the next few weeks we are taking the world’s largest issues head on; come learn about global climate change in the face of American politics or if that isn’t enough, explore politics in the Middle East with journalists from The Economist and Al Jazeera English. Too heavy? Come drink with us instead and be sure to save the date for our holiday celebrations.

Reminder, Global Columbia Giving Day takes place on October 18th—watch out for your school’s announcement, which usually includes a major donor matching all gifts on the day. Every October, Columbians around the world—alumni, students, parents, friends, neighbors, faculty, and staff—come together for Columbia Giving Day, a 24-hour online fundraising event. As an international club we have more than 24 hours to give, give and give. We also have the opportunity to donate funds to running the club, so in appreciate of your time at Columbia and CUCL please consider donating HERE.

Speaking of which, CUCL is YOUR club and we serve to facilitate your post-graduation Columbia experience on the ground in London. While you are a Columbia student for a limited number of years, you are part of the alumni forever. As we move into a new year with some leadership updates (stay tuned!) we want to plan the types of events you’d like to attend. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey HERE with every respondee up for the chance to win a cinema tickets or Columbia SWAG (announcements to follow in next month’s newsletter).

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Events Roundup

V&A Tour | October 8th


On a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning perfect to enjoy the open courtyards and garden, a group of alumni enjoyed a private guided tour of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Our guide, Frances Bulwer, a long-time volunteer docent at the V&A, led us through the museum, describing the history of the Museum’s buildings from its first foundations to the recent opening of the Exhibition Road galleries (currently showing the immersive exhibit Opera: Passion, Power, and Politics). The tour offered an insider’s view of the setting of the museum’s collections rather than the collections themselves. Highlights included the cafe rooms (the V&A was the first museum to include a cafe and gas lighting, which allowed working classes to access the museum after work), the ceramic and mosaic decorations in the galleries, and a glimpse into the “Kensington Valhalla” gallery that has been closed to public viewing since it was converted to storage space during World War II. Look for more opportunities to enjoy exclusive access to arts institutions around London as the newly formed Arts Committee announces future events.

Frieze Fair London


Our annual Frieze Fair event reached new heights this year. Our CAA Arts Access team in New York arranged a private tour of Frieze Focus, the emerging gallery and artists section of the Fair. After a welcome by Kamal Zargar (Frieze), we visited Focus with its curator, Ruba Katrib, who will be joining MoMA PS1 in a few days. In addition to the main exhibits, she gave us many insights on the selection process, as well as the differences between Focus, the main Frieze Fair, and Frieze Masters. Our afternoon was completed by a visit to the Ghebali Gallery exhibit, where its Director, Holly Stanton (CC’11) gave us insights on her featured artists.

October Events

Columbia Giving Day | Wednesday October 18th

Join the CAA for 24 hours of giving to shape the future of our university.

The Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) is a global network connecting Columbians of all schools to one another and to the University. It links over 300,000 alumni through more than 100 regional clubs and shared interest groups, online resources, and over 200 programs around the world each year. Wherever you are in the world, and whatever you're passionate about, find the benefits of being a Columbian for life at alumni.columbia.edu. On Giving Day, we support the schools, programs, and causes that are important to us. We foster innovative research, revelatory art, championship athletics, and the transformative experience of a Columbia education.

To donate, please visit the London donation page HERE

Can we save Mother Earth from the US? | Thursday October 26th

A Panel Discussion with Alumni from Brown, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Tufts, Stanford and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

When it comes to the fight against climate change, Donald Trump is just one of the planet’s problems. Public policies, population pressures, and the politics of power seem to pose greater challenges instead of solutions. So now what? Join for an expert panel discussion followed by drinks and canapes.

Our Panel:

  • Kelly Sims Gallagher, Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University
  • Alex Thier, Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute
  • Leila Pourarkin, Head of International Private Climate Finance at the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Frederik Norman, Vice President of Communications at Statoil
  • Richard Braakenburg, Senior Vice President at the Green Investment Group (GIG)

When & Where:

November Events

Holy Lands | Thursday November 2nd


How did the world's most tolerant region become the least harmonious place on the planet?

The headlines from the Middle East these days are bad, characterized by violence, terror, and autocracy. Whatever hopes people may have for the region are being dashed over and over, in country after country. Nicolas Pelham, the veteran Middle East correspondent for The Economist, has witnessed much of the tragedy, but in Holy Lands he presents a strikingly original and startlingly optimistic argument. Join us as Columbia Journalism school alum and Al Jazeera English reporter Jessica Baldwin interviews Pelham and stay for networking, drinks and canapes.

When & Where:

Columbia Connects Happy Hour | Monday November 13th

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 every club will be hosting an event. Our Happy Hour will take place in the heart of St. James at upmarket European brasserie, Quaglino’s and is not to be missed - for those who show up on time (i.e. between 18:30–19:30) you'll be welcomed with a glass of bubbles gratis. So come raise a glass (or more?) with us.

When & Where:

Save the Date

CUCL Holiday Celebration | Wednesday December 6th

Stay tuned for further details but rest assured we will have a proper combination of naughty (drinks, eats and games) and nice (a way to give back during the season). We look forward to celebrating with you all!

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