Russia, FIFA and the Power of Sport

Russia's President Vladimir Putin with FIFA boss Gianni Infantino and riding a horse in Siberia
Mega sporting events like the Olympics or the World Cup attract global attention to host countries as well as the athletes. Russia, hosting the World Cup through mid-July, views such events as “a way to prove the world it is a guardian of universal norms,” writes Michal Romanowski, Eurasian expert with the German Marshall Fund of the United States. “Yet by invading Ukraine in 2014 and intervening in the Middle East on Syria’s behalf, Moscow could not be farther away from the high-minded principles of international sporting organizations.” Football is the world’s most popular sport, and hosting a mega event like the World Cup requires rapid and massive investment in infrastructure and mobilization of resources that are too often linked to corruption and mismanagement. Money dominates global sporting events, making them another tool for powerful forces, and Romanowski concludes that principles such as human rights and peace have become secondary goals. – YaleGlobal

Yale Club of Ireland – Friday June 29 – Dinner and Ulysses

Dinner and Ulysses, Friday June 29
Dermot Bolger’s acclaimed stage version of Ulysses is the final Yale Club event before people start to slip away for the summer. The play is in its second run at the Abbey and – in case you’re Joyceaphobic – it’s quite an accessible interpretation of the play.

The event begins with dinner at 6pm in Le Bon Crubeen, which has a theatre menu of between €21 and €25.
From there we walk 500 metres to the Abbey Theatre, where the play starts at 730pm. The tickets for Ulysses cost between €20 and €45 if you want to be in the audience and €30 if you want to be on stage (that’s a thing apparently.) Click here to book your ticket.

If you’re planning to attend, please e-mail, so that I will be able to give reliable numbers to Le Bon Crubeen. Also, if you just want to join us before or after, that’s OK too.

We have two dinner-and-theatre bursaries for any current Yale students who would like to attend, or for alumni who have graduated between 2013 and 2018, so if any of the younger folk are interested in free food and culture, then drop a line to

Ukraine and Russia: Peace, War and the Future

Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and enjoyed relative peace for more than two decades until February 2014. “Vladimir Putin’s gamble of using military force in Crimea and Donbas has changed the relationship drastically,” writes Volodymyr Dubovyk, associate professor of international relations and director of the Center for International Studies at Odessa Mechnikov National University. “Ukraine has achieved levels of consolidation previously unseen.” Still, the conflict drags into its fifth year, and time could erode opposition. Absence of pro-Russian parties and some progress with reforms sustain public opinion, and Ukrainians generally recognize that the conflict reduces resources for infrastructure, social services and job creation. In opting for hard power rather than soft power, Russia lost Ukraine’s moderate pro-Russian segment. Russia’s image as a benevolent neighbor may have been irreparably shattered, and that will influence future relations between the two nations. – YaleGlobal

Yale Club of London: Theatre Circle – ‘Notes from the Field’ with Anna Devere Smith plus Q&A

The Yale Club of London cordially invites you to:

Notes from the Field  

conceived, written and performed by

Anna Devere Smith

plus, post-show:Anna Devere Smith in conversation with Kwame Kwei-Armah (Director of the Young Vic) 

Wednesday, 20 June 2018
7:00 pm to 10:30 pm

7.00 Networking Drinks, Theatre Bar7.30 Performance (Latecomers will not be admitted)Post-show talkback in the theatre
The Royal Court Theatre
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Sloane Square, Chelsea, London SW1W 8AS

Please note: Tickets are limitedIn the first instance please would members only book one pair,and contact May Gibson, should you require further seats?  Thank you.

YCL General Admission: £27.50 


About the Event: 

Drawn from over 250 interviews conducted with students, parents, teachers and staff, Notes From the Field is an Obie-Award-winning solo performance by writer and actor Anna Deavere Smith (West Wing, Nurse Jackie) that shines a light on a lost generation of American youth, chronicling their experience of being caught in a school-to-prison pipeline. A multi-award-winning dramatist with an honorary degree from Yale, this is Anna’s first appearance in London in over 25 years.
Anna is a multi-award-winning dramatist and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, Fletcher Foundation Fellowship, and Fellow Award in Theatre Arts from United States Artists. As an actress, she has appeared in several films, including Philadelphia (1993), Dave (1993), The American President (1995), Rent (2005), and Rachel Getting Married (2008). Anna also had recurring TV roles on The Practice (2000), as Dr. Nancy McNally on The West Wing (2000–06), and as hospital administrator Gloria Akalitus in the Showtime dark comedy series Nurse Jackie.  She has received honorary degrees from many American Universities, including Yale.  This is Anna’s first appearance in London in over 25 years.
Following the performance, Anna will be in conversation with Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, which will be free to all ticket holders to that evening’s show.
Contact: May Gibson
Please note: Photos and other forms of recording may be taken at the event and used by the YCL website from time to time.

Yale Club of London: Country Walk – Ham House

The Yale Club of London cordially invites you to:

YCL Country Walk  
Ham House
  including garden visit, country walk,pub lunch and art history talk by
Nixi Cura

Saturday, 23 June 2018
10:30 am to 5:00 pm

10:30 am: meet Ham House Garden Café

Ham House
Ham Street
Richmond-upon-Thames TW10 7RS

Please note: Please wear sensible solid shoes.This walk is not suitable for dogs as they arebanned from some park areas. Children are welcome.

YCL General Admission:
The walk is Free, but the day includes:Admission to Ham Houseplus personal traveland food expenses


About the Event: 

Join the British Bulldogs and Yale Alumni for a June walk in Richmond upon Thames, starting from Ham House. Please make your own way there: take the District Line or National Rail to Richmond, then take a taxi or the 65 bus (stop D) to Ham House. The gardens and café open at 10am. Enjoy a wander through the gardens before we meet at the café at 10.30. There is an admission charge, as this property is owned by the National Trust. Bring your membership card if you are an NT member. 
Art historian Nixi Cura will give a brief talk on the unique place and history of the house. We will have a bit of time to look at the lovely gardens and the exterior of this important historic house (but not the interior, which stipulates an NT-led tour for groups). Then we will set off on and amble along the serene Thames and through some of Richmond’s beautiful country parks. 
The route description is here, though note we are starting from Ham House and we will finish at Richmond Station. The walk is approximately 8 miles and classed as moderate, which means it has a few steep places. 
We will stop for a late pub lunch along the way at the Boaters in Kingston. Please wear sensible solid footwear. This walk is not suitable for dogs as they are banned from some park areas. Children are welcome. The actual walking time is about 3.5/4 hours. We should end up at Richmond Station at about 5.00 pm. 

Click here to register for this event. 


Yale Club of London: Annual Yale vs Harvard Mixed Football (Soccer) Match + 4th of July Drinks

Dear Anant,

The Yale Club of London cordially invites you to:

Annual Yale v Harvard MixedFootball (Soccer) Matchand4th of July Drinks 

The annual summer Yale vs. Harvard mixedfootball match (soccer) in Battersea park,followed by a combined Yale-Harvard4th of July drinks at a nearby pub. Sunday, 8 July 2018
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Battersea All Weather Sports Ground
Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, London SW11 4NJ

Please note: According to the rules of the all-weather pitch, no football boots are permitted: no moulded, no bladed, and no studs.
YCL General Admission: £5
Guests: £5

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Yale Club of London: British Bulldogs Welcome Reception 2018

The Yale Club of London cordially invites you to:

British BulldogsWelcome Reception2018  

Monday, 4 June 2018
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Searcys at the Gherkin40th Floor30 St Mary AxeLondon EC3A 8EP

Please note: Bring photo ID.Dress code: ‘casual elegance’ (no shorts, flip flopsand sportswear, including athletic trainers jeans permitted with collared shirt or blazer)

YCL General Admission and Guests: £10 


About the Event: 

The Yale Office of Career Strategy and the Yale Club of London are pleased to invite you to welcome the 2018 British Bulldogs and their sponsors, as well as other Yale summer programme participants. Enjoy stimulating conversation (and the 360-degree view of London!) over hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the top of the Gherkin, designed by Sir Norman Foster.
Security measures include a strict guest list policy, so please register all members of your party by noon on Wednesday, 30 May. Attendees should bring photo ID and adhere to the dress code of ‘casual elegance’ (no shorts, flip flops and sportswear, including athletic trainers; jeans permitted with collared shirt or blazer).

Click here to register for this event.
Contact: Nixi Cura