Yale Club of London Mixing It Up: Marvin Rees and Moni Mohsin, In Conversation


After an acclaimed inaugural event, the YCL’s hot new roundtable series In Conversation is back with stellar casting: Marvin Rees, challenging, charismatic Mayor of Bristol and Yale World Fellow, joins thought-provoking British-Pakistani author and journalist Moni Mohsin to discuss ‘mixedness’ in all its permutations and combinations.  Join us for an evening of engaging exchange as we explore the complex nature of identity, faith, race and politics.

Please join Marvin, Moni, fellow members and guests on Thursday, 20th April.  The doors at 16 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3JA open at 6.00 pm for refreshments and we are out of the starting blocks straightaway.  For those of you who attended the inaugural session, we have responded to your request for more time for ‘proper discussion’.  As such, we will begin the curated conversation promptly at 6.15.  Refreshments will be available throughout the discussion.  Event ends at 7.45; doors close at 8.00.

Cost: £20  All Members and guests

Registration: click here.

Event: Mixing It Up: Marvin Rees and Moni Mohsin, In Conversation
Date: 20 Apr 2017 6:00 PM to  8:00 PM
Location: Paul Mellon Centre, 16 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JA
Bookings/more info: Click here to register for this event.

6:00 pm: Registration and Refreshments6:15 pmCurated Conversation with Speakers6:45: Moderated Conversation with Guests7:55: Evening concludesPlease note: Book early to avoid disappointment.  Seats limited.

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Two Yale students are named Gates Cambridge Scholars

Yale seniors Julian Menzel and Simone Seiver are among the 36 U.S. citizens who have been selected to be part of the 2017 class of Gates Cambridge Scholars at the University of Cambridge.

These 36 individuals from 34 universities will join 54 scholars from other parts of the world who will be announced in early April. The prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship program was established in 2000 by a $210 million donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge, the largest ever single donation to a university in the United Kingdom. Scholars are chosen for their outstanding intellectual ability, leadership potential, and commitment to improving the lives of others, among other qualities.


Yale Club of London: THE GIRLS, followed by a post show Q&A with the show’s creators, Gary Barlow & Tim Firth

THE GIRLS is the true story of Yorkshire’s own CALENDAR GIRLS – a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary. Now a new hit West End musical created by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth. Yale Club of London member May Gibson has worked with Tim over the years on his television series and would like to invite other YCL members to join her to see the musical.  After that evening’s performance, Gary and Tim will be on stage for a post show conversation.  A few limited seats are available for the event on a first come basis.  These are in the Dress Circle, normally £69.50; available to us at £47.  Limit initially two per member, but if you would like more in the event that we do sell out, please contact May Gibson or Anica Alvarez Nishio

Any questions?  Do not hit ‘reply’ to this email:please contact May Gibson or Anica Alvarez Nishio

Event: Speaker Series | THE GIRLS, followed by a post show Q&A with the show’s creators, Gary Barlow & Tim Firth
Date: 21 Mar 2017 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Location: Phoenix Theatre, 110 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP
Registration: Click here to register for this event.

Cost:  £37 Dress Circle (usually £69.50)  Limit two tickets per member.

We hope to see you there!

Students find commonalities and make connections on Russian and American soil

At a time of mounting tensions between the United States and Russia over Ukraine and reports of election hacking, two Yale undergraduates are among a group of American students busily collaborating on research projects with Russian counterparts, and finding much common ground.

The two — seniors Irina Gavrilova and David Kurkovskiy — are among the 31 delegates in the 2016-2017 Stanford-Russia Forum (SURF), which annually brings together students from Russian and American universities to promote dialogue and cooperation on issues and challenges of mutual concern, creating lasting ties in the process. The program runs through the academic year.

Gavrilova and Kurkovskiy were selected for SURF from over 600 applicants from 168 universities in the United States and Russia. Since most of the delegates are graduate students, the Yale undergraduates felt particularly excited to be chosen. They are among a handful of Yale students to take part in SURF since its inception about eight years ago.


Yale Club of London: Art, A Cappella and Drinks

Come and join fellow alumni and friends for an evening of art, music and drinks at one of the capital’s hottest venues.  

Yale’s premier undergraduate all-female a cappella group, Something Extra, will be performing a short set at an exciting art gallery under the arches outside London Bridge station in the shadow of the Shard. The venue gets rave reviews from all who have been there and we are opening this event up to family, friends and guests across the alumni clubs, so please come and join us for this vibrant evening.

Event: Art, A Cappella and Drinks
Date: 15 Mar 2017 7:00 PM
Location: The Underdog, Arch 6, Crucifix Lane, London Bridge, SE1 3JW
Registration: Click here to register for this event.

Cost:  £5 Junior members, Senior members, Guests and Extended Network

Click here to register for this event!

The Trump Factor in the French Election

Populist Marine Le Pen narrowly leads in polls for the French presidential race with fierce attacks on immigration and globalization. Comparisons with US President Donald Trump are being made. Each politician “combines disaffection from the established parties – all liars, damn liars – a sense of dispossession where one cannot separate economic and job safety issues from wider cultural insecurity, which leads to a reversal of attitude towards newcomers and foreigners,” explains François Godement, senior policy fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations. “Voters come from both the right and left.” The countries share a history of embracing immigrants, but such policies have since become a target for many voters. Driving angst in France: a gradual shift from integration to closed multicultural communities, a rise in militant Islam, an unemployment rate at 10 percent and resentment for elites. Older voters favored Trump in the United States, while younger voters favor France’s Le Pen, with each group expecting quick fixes for many complaints. The French presidential election is set for April and May. – YaleGlobal