Networking Breakfast with Andrew Gilmour (Balliol College, 1983)

Networking Breakfast with Andrew Gilmour (Balliol College, 1983)

Tuesday 5 December

8:15 am to 9:30 am

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Complimentary for OAANY dues-paying members
$10 for non dues-paying members

Please see details emailed to our mailing list.

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University of Oxford North American Office
Photo ID required to enter building

For questions, email events@oxfordna.org

Andrew Gilmour of the United Kingdom assumed his functions as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights on 1 October 2016, heading OHCHR’s Office in New York.

In his previous position, which he held since 2012, as Director for Political, Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Human Rights affairs in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, Mr. Gilmour was responsible for spearheading the implementation of the Human Rights Up Front initiative.

Since joining the United Nations in 1989, he has held a variety of positions both at the United Nations Headquarters and in the field, including in Afghanistan-Pakistan, Kosovo, State of Palestine and West Africa.  In recent years, he has served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq, and in South Sudan and was the Representative of the
Secretary-General in Belgrade.

Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Gilmour was an adjunct fellow of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and worked in the fields of politics and journalism.  He has contributed articles
for a wide range of publications throughout his career.

He holds master’s degrees from Oxford University in History and also the London School of Economics in History and Government.

Mr. Gilmour, who is Scottish, was born in 1964.
He is married with four children.

 

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Museums and the Struggle for an Inclusive Future

Please join us for a lecture by Dr Laura Van Broekhoven
Resist, Redress, Repatriate:
Museums and the Struggle for an Inclusive Future
Wednesday 29 November, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Remarks at 6:30pm

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There is no such thing as a “neutral” museum.

Although university museums like the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford have tried for decades to be “apolitical” spaces, they are and always have been politically implicated. Now, in 2017, faced with an unprecedented political atmosphere informed by social polarization and exclusion, what do we do? How do museums position themselves when they may have contributed to this sense of exclusion?

Today at the Pitt Rivers Museum, we ask ourselves these questions: How do we become a space for courageous conversations? What needs to be repatriated, queered, unlocked, and activated? Can we become radical allies to social movements for redress even when we are rooted in a past that itself demands redress? Can we be of value to refugee communities, to the LGBTQ+ community, to young people excluded from schools, to indigenous peoples and diasporas, to people living with Dementia and Alzheimer, to others who feel somehow excluded, stigmatized, or marginalized? How can we be champions of a future that is inclusive, with respect for diverse peoples and diverse perspectives?

The Pitt Rivers Museum is unlike any other museum of its kind: fifty thousand objects are exhibited in densely populated multi-layered Victorian age displays. The museum was founded in 1884 and has consciously cultivated its characteristic layout: cases are arranged by type, not time or region, and reveal fascinating distinctions and parallels across cultures. The museum is much loved by its 21st century audiences, but has also been scrutinized, particularly in postcolonial writing, for seemingly repeating colonial paradigms by embedding these in the very fabric of its collections and displays, and to some the Pitt Rivers Museum seems doomed to remain a “preserve of colonialism.”

Portrait by John Cairns (www.johncairns.co.uk)
Dr. Laura Van Broekhoven, Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum at University of Oxford, introduces us to the Museum, speaks to the work her museum is doing to address contemporary political challenges, and addresses the role and responsibility of today’s museums in confronting social exclusion.

RSVP by Monday 27th November

Please see details emailed to our mailing list.

Vice-Chancellor’s Holiday Reception in New York

Join us for a holiday reception with

The Vice-Chancellor
Professor Louise Richardson

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Thursday 7 December
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Remarks begin at 6:45 pm
University of Oxford North American Office
(Address will be provided upon registration)
Complimentary for OAANY dues-paying members!
**A discount code has been sent to all current dues-paying members

$25 per person for non-dues-paying members (guests are welcome)
$30 per person for onsite registration

Pre-registration is required
Refunds available until 1 December

Matinee Performance & Artist Talk by American Ballet Theater with Marshalls

The Association of Marshall Scholars cordially invites you to join Marshall Scholars and other alumni of British universities for a lunch, discussion and matinee performance by the American Ballet Theater’s world-class company at Lincoln Center on Saturday, October 28th.

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We look forward to welcoming you for a light luncheon, drinks and conversation beginning at noon, followed by a brief discussion on innovation in classical dance with choreographer Jessica Lang and British dancers at the American Ballet Theater. This unusual opportunity to hear directly from the artists will be followed at 2pm by a matinee performance of the American Ballet Theater that will feature works by Lang, world-renowned British choreographers Chris Wheeldon and Liam Scarlett, and a world premiere by Benjamin Millepied.

The event will also be a chance to meet and mingle with fellow Marshalls and alumni from other British scholarship and academic associations.

To purchase your ticket, please use this link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/matinee-performance-artist-talk-by-american-ballet-theater-with-marshalls-tickets-39039880333

Performance location:

David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

 

2017 OAANY Holiday Reception

2017 OAANY Holiday Reception
Friday 15 December

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Join us for an evening of festive cheer!

The Grolier Club
47 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022

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Grolier Club is America’s oldest (founded in 1884) society for book lovers and graphic arts fans.

Tickets are $35 for OAANY dues-paying members
**A discount code has been sent to all current dues-paying members
Ticket price includes two hours of open bar and charcuterie$45 for non dues-paying members and guests
Option to purchase OAANY membership and discounted ticket available.


On-site registration will be available at the event.

Purchase tickers here

 

Professor Martin Bridson: Flat earths, curved universes and the undecidable

Flat earths, curved universes and the undecidable

Wednesday 1 November
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

University of Oxford North American Office
Address to be provided upon registration

Please RSVP by 27 October to events@oxfordna.org


maths Without photographs from space, how did we know what shape the earth was?
And what shape is the three-dimensional universe that we live in?

In this talk, which assumes no knowledge of mathematics, Professor Martin Bridson, Head of Oxford’s Mathematical Institute, will take us on a journey that begins with these questions and, through an exploration of the symmetry of naturally occurring objects, ends with an explanation of what it means for a mathematical problem to be undecidable.

He promises that students of the Arts will not despair along the way!


Martin Bridson is a mathematician renowned for his work in geometry, topology and group theory (the study of symmetry). He is the Whitehead Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Oxford, Head of Oxford’s Mathematical Institute, and a Fellow of Magdalen College.

Born in the Isle of Man, Martin was an undergraduate at Hertford College, Oxford and did his graduate work at Cornell University in New York, earning a PhD in 1991. He subsequently held faculty positions at Princeton University, the University of Geneva, and Imperial College London.

Martin’s honours include the Whitehead Prize of the London Mathematical Society (1999), the Forder Lectureship of the New Zealand Mathematical Society (2005), and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2012). He gave an Abel Prize Lecture in Oslo in 2009 and was an Invited Speaker at the quadrennial International Congress of Mathematicians in Madrid in 2006. Martin was elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2015. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, in recognition of his “leading role in establishing geometric group theory as a major field of mathematics.

Martin and his wife, Julie Lynch Bridson, a native of New York, live in Oxford with their three children. He enjoys spending time with family, poetry, chess and ball games.