AN EVENING WITH PROFESSOR DAVID CANNADINE,
SPEAKING ABOUT HIS NEW BOOK "IN CHURCHILL'S SHADOW: CONFRONTING THE PAST IN MODERN BRITAIN"
The English-Speaking Union
9 East 69th Street
Monday, January 13, 2003
Professor David Cannadine, widely regarded as one of the most insightful historians of modern Britain - and certainly one of the wittiest and most entertaining - discussed his 14th book In Churchill's Shadow: Confronting the Past in Modern Britain. While the content of the book centers on Churchill, Cannadine turns an equally insightful gaze on the institutions and individuals that have shaped modern British culture: Gilbert & Sullivan, Ian Fleming, Noel Coward, the National Trust, the Palace of Westminster and more. The Literary Review describes Cannadine as "one of those rare academic historians who have the knack of communicating effectively with the reading public." The television channel, C-SPAN, joined the OAANY for the evening to film Professor Cannadine's presentation for its BOOK TV series.
Professor of History and Director of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London, Professor Cannadine was educated at Cambridge, Oxford and Princeton, and previously taught at the University of Cambridge and Columbia University. A reception and book signing followed his talk, during which attendees were able to talk informally with Professor Cannadine and each other. Copies of In Churchill's Shadow were offered for sale at a discounted rate and signed by Professor Cannadine upon request. We were delighted to co-sponsor this event with the English-Speaking Union of New York and we were most grateful for their generous hospitality.
THEATER TRIP - SHAKESPEARE'S THE WINTER'S TALE
The Classic Stage Company
136 East 13th Street
Tuesday, January 28, 2003
The OAANY's tradition of theater trips continued with the Classic Stage Company's performance of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. The Artistic Director of the Classic Stage Company at the time, Barry Edelstein, is a Rhodes Scholar and former OAANY speaker, who previously addressed the OAANY on "Directing Shakespeare in America." The highly respected and widely regarded Classic Stage Company has won numerous awards for its productions, which revitalize the classics for contemporary audiences. A group of Oxford alumni and friends benefited from the discounted tickets obtained by the OAANY and saw The Winter's Tale, directed by Barry Edelstein, towards the end of the play's preview run. The Classic Stage Company described The Winter's Tale as follows: "Shakespeare's sublime late masterpiece sweeps breathtakingly from jealousy, rage and loss to redemption, reconciliation and, finally, wonder." After the performance, those who wished could participate in a question and answer session with Classic Stage artists.
LEONARDO DA VINCI EXHIBITION
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
Saturday, February 8, 2003
A large group of Oxford alumni and friends enjoyed a special Saturday afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as we learned about and viewed an unprecedented limited-time exhibition at the Museum - "Leonardo da Vinci - Master Draftsman." The first comprehensive survey of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings ever presented in America, this international loan exhibition brought together nearly 120 works of extraordinary beauty by one of the great masters of all time. The exhibition surveyed Leonardo's staggering contribution as an artist, scientist, theorist and teacher. Gathered from private and public collections in Europe and North America, the selection of drawings included rarely exhibited works and illustrated a great variety of drawing types. The exhibition also integrated a small group of drawings by artists critical to Leonardo's formation in Florence and to his multifaceted activity in Milan, in an attempt to offer a unified view of the great master's legacy.
We began with a lecture about the works in the exhibition, presented by an expert from the Museum and illustrated with slides. We then had time to tour the exhibition individually afterwards.
There was a very enthusiastic response to this event from Oxford alumni and friends, reflecting both the special nature of the exhibit and the continued interest of Oxford alumni in cultural and artistic events. We were particularly pleased that a very wide variety of alumni attended, some traveling quite some distance, others bringing their children, and overall representing a wide variety of ages and occupations.
BRITISH BUSINESS SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES ALUMNI NETWORKING EVENING
The British Consulate-General
845 Third Avenue, 9th Floor
6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Thursday, February 20, 2003
On February 20th, a long-held goal of the OAANY came to fruition with the first British Business Schools and Universities Alumni Networking Evening. This event, initiated by the OAANY many months before, quickly took on a life of its own as more and more British business schools and universities expressed an interest in participating! A sizeable organizing Committee quickly formed to plan the details of the event and the British Consulate-General very kindly agreed to host the reception. On a cold and slushy February evening, just a few days after the big blizzard, Oxford alumni were joined by alumni from Cambridge, the London Business School, Manchester Business School, St. Andrews University, the London School of Economics, City Business School and several other UK universities. We ended up with a capacity crowd of almost 200 attendees, all of whom had shared the experience of living and studying in the UK. The group enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, networked, chatted and swapped business cards until well after the event was supposed to have ended! We are most grateful for the hospitality of the British Consulate-General and for the help of its skilled and professional staff.
SPRING WINE TASTING - THE WINES OF IBERIA
The Playwright Tavern
202 West 49th Street
Friday, March 7, 2003
Oxford alumni joined alumni from the London School of Economics for a relaxing Friday evening as we sampled the wines of Spain and Portugal. LSE alumnus Mark Stone guided us through a selection of Iberian wines in the casual and informal setting of the conveniently located Playwright Tavern. We met in the O'Dwyer Room on the third floor. The Playwright Tavern is located on 49th Street, between Broadway and Seventh Avenue. Mark provided everything from suggestions on where to buy good wines cheaply in New York to dating advice (after all, he did meet his wife through the LSE alumni group!). A fun and informative evening was had by all!
AN EVENING WITH SAM GILLILAND, CEO OF TRAVELOCITY.COM
The Williams Club
24 East 39th Street
Wednesday, March 26, 2003
The OAANY continued its long standing distinguished speaker program with a presentation by Sam Gilliland, the Chief Executive Officer of Travelocity.com. Travelocity pioneered the online travel space and continues to be the most popular travel service on the Web, giving consumers the tools and information to plan, save and make their travel better. Travelocity members can access reservations and information for more than 700 airlines, 55,000 hotels, 50 car rental companies and 6,500 cruise and vacation packages, all backed by more than 1,000 customer service representatives who offer 24-hour assistance. With more than 34 million members and more than $3 billion in gross sales in 2001, Travelocity is the sixth largest travel agency in the United States. Mr. Gilliland was appointed President and CEO of Travelocity in May 2002 and has already established an aggressive program to enhance revenues and develop new customer-focused technologies for the company.
We were delighted to have the opportunity to hear from a true survivor of the dot com shake out and a leader in the travel and leisure industry. We also enjoyed hearing Mr. Gilliland explain some of Travelocity's newest technologies and share his insights into some of the struggles facing the travel industry in these challenging economic times. As with all the OAANY speaker events, the related reception was a key part of the evening. Both before and after Mr. Gilliland's presentation and questions from the floor, attendees enjoyed a networking reception during which they could meet others with similar interests and exchange views and business cards. After the presentation, attendees also had the chance to talk informally with Mr. Gilliland. Once again, many Oxford alumni took advantage of this opportunity to expand their personal and professional networks with others from a wide range of businesses and organizations.
We were very pleased to co-sponsor this event with the Williams Club and we were most grateful for their generous hospitality.
AN EVENING WITH PROFESSOR STANLEY WELLS
"SHAKESPEARE: FOR ALL TIME"
The English-Speaking Union
Thursday, April 17, 2003
On Thursday, April 17, the OAANY hosted distinguished Shakespeare scholar Professor Stanley Wells, a world-renowned authority who regularly appears on TV, on the radio and in the press when Shakespeare is discussed. Professor Wells is Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham, Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Vice-Chairman of the Governors of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. In addition, Professor Wells is General Editor of the Oxford Shakespeare series and of the Oxford Complete Works. Professor Wells spoke about his new book, Shakespeare: For All Time, in which he drew on a lifetime of studying, teaching, editing and writing about Shakespeare to tell the story of Shakespeare's life, his writings and his legacy.
We were delighted to co-sponsor this event with the English-Speaking Union of New York and were most grateful for their generous hospitality. Professor Wells' presentation was followed by a book signing, along with a reception where Oxford alumni and ESU members could speak informally over drinks and snacks with Professor Wells and with each other. Please click here for photographs of this event.
SECOND ANNUAL OXFORD/LSE YOUNG ALUMNI PUB QUIZ
Turtle Bay Grill & Lounge
Wednesday, May 7, 2003
On Wednesday, May 7th, young alumni from Oxford and the London School of Economics came together for another in our popular series of young alumni evenings. The format this time was a pub quiz. Each team collectively answered trivia questions of varying difficulty on a range of topics. The team format eliminated individual pressure and encouraged everyone present to mingle and chat! Those who attended the First Annual Oxford/LSE Pub Quiz the previous May already knew that the emphasis was much more on fun than on competition, although many of those present were still amazed at what they didn't know they knew! Our young alumni events are designed for those under 35, but all alumni who are young at heart are welcome to attend.
The Pub Quiz was held in the informal and relaxed atmosphere of Turtle Bay Grill & Lounge. We met in the spacious upstairs room of this casual Pub.There was a cash bar, and those who wished could also order pub food. The Pub Quiz itself was a closely matched affair, with a number of teams scoring highly and competing for the prizes given out to the Top 3 teams. In the end, however, and in the true spirit of the event, the winning team included both Oxford and LSE alumni. Click here for pictures of this year's Pub Quiz and watch out for details of next year's rematch!
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART TOUR AND DRINKS
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Saturday, May 10, 2003
On Saturday, May 10, a group of Oxford alumni and their guests met at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We planned this event as an opportunity for those in the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey area to meet other Oxford alumni and their guests, particularly since it is often hard for people who do not live close to Manhattan to attend alumni events in New York City. It was also part of our ongoing program of events outside New York City in the summer, giving those who live in New York a chance to explore other parts of the tri-state area in the warm weather.
Our group enjoyed a most unusual tour of the Museum of Art and then relaxed at a local bar, enjoying some casual conversation over drinks and snacks. We also invited members of the newly formed Philadelphia chapter of the Oxford Business Alumni to join us for this event.
A TALK AMBASSADOR JOHN RICHARDSON ON
"THE NEW WORLD DISORDER"
Wednesday, June 4, 2003
On Wednesday, June 4, the OAANY hosted a presentation on "The New World Disorder" by Ambassador John Richardson, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to the United Nations. Ambassador Richardson is extremely well qualified to speak to issues surrounding relationships between the EU, the US and the UN. Before taking up his present position in May 2001, Ambassador Richardson served as Minister and Deputy Head of the European Commission's Delegation to the U.S. in Washington from October 1996. He has devoted most of his professional career to the cause of European integration, spending 23 years at the EU headquarters in Brussels. We invited Cambridge alumni to join us for this event.
Ambassador Richardson's presentation was followed by a networking reception. Oxford and Cambridge alumni and their guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while chatting informally with one another and with Ambassador Richardson. Click here to see pictures of the event.
We were delighted to co-sponsor this event with PricewaterhouseCoopers and we were most grateful for their generous hospitality.
A TALK BY
INVESTOR, AUTHOR AND BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT JIM ROGERS
"ADVENTURE CAPITALIST: THE ULTIMATE INVESTOR'S ROAD TRIP"
June 25, 2003
On Wednesday, June 25th, the OAANY welcomed investor and business correspondent Jim Rogers, author of the new book "Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Investor's Road Trip." After studying PPE at Balliol, Jim Rogers enjoyed a very successful career on Wall Street as an investor and hedge fund manager. Since his retirement at the age of 37, he has continued to manage his own portfolio while making frequent appearances in the media as a commentator and analyst on the economy and investing. He has served as a professor of finance at Columbia Business School, been a business correspondent for Fox News and CNBC, and been featured in "The Wall Street Journal", "Barron's", "Fortune" and many other publications. Dubbed "the Indiana Jones of finance" by "Time" magazine, Jim Rogers is also well know for his lengthy and exotic road trips, which enable him to assess the global economy from the ground up. Jim Rogers, always outspoken, controversial and entertaining, shared his insights into the global economy - and the domestic one - in these difficult economic times. We invited alumni from Columbia and Wharton Business Schools to join us for this event.
Jim Rogers's presentation was followed by a networking reception. During the reception, alumni from Columbia, Wharton and Oxford and their guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while chatting informally with one another and with Jim Rogers. Click here to see pictures of the event.
We were delighted to co-sponsor this event with PricewaterhouseCoopers and we were most grateful for their generous hospitality.
NOSH WALK - A CULINARY AND CULTURAL TOUR OF HARLEM
African Traders Market
Saturday, June 14, 2003
In June, the OAANY's events program moved to the great outdoors with an unusual culinary and cultural tour of Harlem conducted by Ms. Myra Alperson in partnership with Harlem's Soul-to-Sole, experts on Harlem's history and landmarks. A group of Oxford alumni and their guests explored the diverse food, history and culture of Harlem, with stops that included eateries, bakeries and markets featuring Caribbean, Ethiopian and West African specialities. Our tour of this historically rich slice of New York also included Harlem cultural sites. We were fortunate enough to pick almost the only rain-free three hours in an otherwise very wet Spring for this tour, and even more lucky that the rain held off until we had eaten almost all of the exotically flavored ice cream served at the last stop on our tour!
2003 U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
USTA National Tennis Center
Thursday, September 4, 2003
On Thursday, September 4, the OAANY arranged for a group of Oxford alumni and their guests to attend the U.S. Open Tennis Championships at the USTA National Tennis Center in Queens. We were again fortunate with the weather, as the rain which had been plaguing the Championships all week finally stopped and allowed us to see an evening of tennis. Given the schedule changes occasioned by the weather, there were a large number of different matches being played on various courts, so event attendees had a wide choice of tennis games to enjoy throughout the evening. Look for a return visit next year!
AN EVENING WITH NIALL FERGUSON
AUTHOR, HISTORIAN AND POLITICAL COMMENTATOR
"EMPIRE: THE RISE AND DEMISE OF THE BRITISH WORLD ORDER AND THE LESSONS FOR GLOBAL POWER"
The English-Speaking Union
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
The OAANY was delighted to host a talk and book signing by Professor Ferguson in September. The OAANY has a long tradition of bringing preeminent Oxford professors and other British academics to Oxford alumni in New York, allowing alumni to reconnect with the best of current academic thinking on a wide range of issues and to interact one on one with various Oxford professors and other leading British academics.
Professor Niall Ferguson is an acclaimed author, prolific commentator on contemporary politics and widely regarded as Britain's most talented young historian. His latest book Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power is controversial for its defense of the British Empire and highly topical for the lessons Ferguson seeks to draw for present day America. Niall Ferguson is a Visiting Professor of History at Oxford University and the Herzog Professor of Financial History at the Stern School of Business, New York University. He is a frequent political commentator on radio and television, where his series on the British Empire recently aired on Britain's Channel 4. In addition, he has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the New Republic.
Professor Ferguson's talk drew a large and enthusiastic audience, which filled the room to capacity and spilled over into the next room. After the talk and a lively question and answer session, all event attendees were invited to mingle and chat with Professor Ferguson and other guests at the post-talk reception. Professor Ferguson also signed copies of his new book. We were pleased to be able to invite members of the English-Speaking Union to enjoy this evening with us. Please click here to see pictures of this event.
A BAROQUE PERIOD CONCERT BY THE NEW YORK COLLEGIUM
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI'S "VESPERS OF 1610"
Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Park Avenue
Friday, October 10, 2003
The OAANY secured a block of discounted tickets for Oxford alumni and their guests to hear the New York Collegium, an ensemble of players and singers dedicated to the music of the Baroque era (1600-1750), featuring historically authentic instruments and performance techniques. The Collegium performed in the sumptuous setting of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola under the direction of Oxford alumnus Andrew Parrott. We heard the Collegium perform Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, a landmark work of the Baroque period, with a dozen solo singers and a full instrumental ensemble (including cornetts and sackbuts).
WALKING TOUR OF IMMIGRANT NEW YORK
Saturday, October 11, 2003
On a sunny Saturday afternoon in October a group of Oxford alumni and their guests took a multi-ethnic walking tour through the Jewish neighborhood of the Lower East Side, Chinatown, Little Italy, and what used to be called Little Germany, Little Ireland, and Little Africa. Our tour was led by a guide from Big Onion Walking Tours, which has organized innovative and exciting tours through New York's ethnic neighborhoods and historic districts since 1991. Big Onion Walking Tours is known for guides who emphasize the history of the areas visited.
AN EVENING WITH YOUSSEF NASR, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF HSBC USA
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
The Oxford Alumni Association of New York was delighted to host Youssef Nasr on Wednesday, October 22, just days before he took up a new position with HSBC as Group General Manager South America and President of HSBC Bank Brasil. At the time of his presentation to us, Youssef Nasr was President and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC USA, and also served as an HSBC Group General Manager, where he oversaw all group business activities in the United States, Mexico and Central America. HSBC Bank USA is the 11th largest commercial bank by assets and has more than 400 branches in New York State. The HSBC Group, headquartered in London, has over 9,500 offices in 79 countries and territories and is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations. After graduating from Cambridge and obtaining his MBA from Harvard, Mr. Nasr joined the HSBC Group and held a succession of executive positions in New York, London, Toronto and Vancouver.
Thanks to the generous assistance of HSBC, we were able to hold this evening in the very elegant environs of HSBC's Executive Dining Room. The evening began with a cocktail reception and butlered hors d'oeuvres. Oxford alumni and their guests networked with one another and with graduates of Columbia Business School, whom we invited to join us for this event. Mr. Nasr gave a brief presentation and then participated in a lengthy, engaging and very substantive discussion of financial services, management and other issues. Mr. Nasr fielded questions from a large number of people in the engaged audience, many of whom were involved in the financial services industry. The reception continued after the talk and question and answer session. All event attendees were able to mingle and chat with each other and with Mr. Nasr, allowing the lively exchange of views to continue in a more informal setting. Please click here to see pictures from this event.
BUSINESS NETWORKING RECEPTION
The British Consulate-General
Thursday, November 6, 2003
On Thursday, November 6, the OAANY continued the tradition of the British Universities and Business Schools Alumni Networking Receptions which we initiated at the British Consulate-General last February. We had received excellent feedback after the last such Reception, so we were not surprised that this was another sell out event. Oxford alumni and their guests were again joined by alumni from Cambridge, the London Business School, Manchester Business School, the London School of Economics and many other British universities and business schools. This event provided an opportunity for Oxford alumni to meet and network with other professionals from a wide range of businesses and organizations, all of whom had shared the experience of living and studying in the UK. We are again grateful for the continuing hospitality of the British Consulate-General and for their help in organizing this event. Watch out for the next Networking Reception! Please click here to see pictures from this event.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY
Croton Reservoir Tavern
Friday, December 5, 2003
The OAANY's Holiday Party has been a tradition in New York for many years. This time, we moved to a new venue, the comfortably classic and cozy Croton Reservoir Tavern in Midtown. Oxford alumni proved that they are not daunted by a little snow - or in this case, a lot of snow! Despite the terrible weather, a capacity crowd braved the windswept snow and joined us for a casual and relaxed evening of mingling, schmoozing, debating and networking. Alumni from the LSE and Cambridge celebrated the holiday season with us and a good time was had by all! As is usually the case at our social events, alumni and their guests stayed long after the time the event was scheduled to end as they enjoyed meeting new friends and catching up with old ones! Please click here to see pictures from this event.
A TALK BY BIOGRAPHER AND IRISH HISTORIAN ROY FOSTER:
"W.B. YEATS, A LIFE, VOLUME II: THE ARCH-POET, 1915-1939"
The National Arts Club
Tuesday, December 9, 2003
We were delighted when the OAANY was invited by the National Arts Club for a talk and book signing by Professor Roy Foster on December 9. Roy Foster is Carroll Professor of Irish History at Oxford and a fellow of Hertford College. Professor Foster was in New York in connection with the publication of the final volume in his highly acclaimed biography of W.B. Yeats, one of the world's most fascinating poets. This second volume, published in November 2003, explores the complex poetic, political, and personal intricacies of Yeats's dramatic final decades, a period that saw the Easter Rebellion, the founding of the Irish state in 1922, and the production of Yeats's greatest masterpieces. Professor Foster is the author of numerous books, including Lord Randolph Churchill: A Political Life and Modern Ireland 1600-1972. Knowing that Oxford alumni were attending this event, Professor Foster graciously prepared remarks especially for the occasion, providing a fascinating review of review of W.B. Yeats's association with and relationship with Oxford. After the presentation and questions from the floor, all event attendees were able to mingle and chat with Professor Foster and other guests at a post-talk reception. Professor Foster also signed copies of his book.