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CAm: "The Fiery Trial" - Eric Foner

foner-fiery-trial-combinedOn December 14, Cambridge alumni and their guests were treated to lunch and an engaging lecture by Professor Eric Foner (De Witt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia and Visiting Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge, 1980-1981) who discussed his newest book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, which was recently named a Notable Book of 2010 by the New York Times. On this occasion, alumni were also joined by a class of eighth graders from City and Country School who have been studying the Civil War.

William H. Janeway (Pembroke), Chairman of Cambridge in America, welcomed guests and congratulated CAm on its 10-year anniversary before Professor Foner spoke over dessert. Professor Foner discussed how Lincoln’s views on slavery changed over the course of his life and how his shifting perspective on slavery shaped his position during the Civil War. He also drew substantive parallels between Lincoln and President Obama’s use of oratory before taking questions from the audience. After the lecture, alumni and students alike asked Professor Foner to sign copies of their books.

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Cambridge Judge Business Briefing with Dr. Simon Taylor, NYC

Simon Taylor
On December 7, nearly 40 alumni and friends attended the third in a series of Business Breakfast Briefings hosted by Cambridge in America and Cambridge Judge Business School.  This event featured Dr Simon Taylor, Director of the Master of Finance Programme and University Lecturer in Financewho gave a talk called 'Is the International Financial System Falling Apart?'.

Dr. Taylor spoke over breakfast about the 2010 crisis in the Eurozone, rising anxiety about currency wars and increasingly strident criticisms by Chinese and US commentators of each other's financial policies. He says that the G-20, barely two years old in its current form, is showing strains and that these are symptoms of underlying financial imbalances in the world economy that were at the root of the previous financial crisis and could yet cause the next one.

Alumni, stimulated by Dr. Taylor's talk, lingered afterwards to ask questions and discuss these issues in detail.

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Alumni reception with Tilar J. Mazzeo, NYC

Tilar MazzeoThursday evening December 2nd found New York area Cambridge alumni in the heart of the Fashion District, side by side with guests from the Fashion Institute of Technology Institute Alumni Association listening to the story of Chanel No. 5.  It was a lively and congenial mix.  

Following her presentation guests moved to the roof-top bar, RARE View, of the Fashion 26 Hotel for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and spirited conversation.  A fun night was had by all!


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American Thanksgiving in Cambridge

Thanksgiving lunchOn Thursday 25 November, Cambridge Alumni Relations Office together with Cambridge in America welcomed 250 undergraduates, postgraduates, research students and guests to celebrate and enjoy a British twist on a traditional American Thanksgiving lunch at the University Centre.

Nathalie Walker (St. John's, St. Edmund's and Pembroke), Head of Alumni Relations, welcomed everyone to the lunch and passed on the best wishes and apologies of the Vice-Chancellor whose very busy diary sadly prevented him from taking part in this immensely enjoyable event. Amina Rai (Lucy Cavendish College), President of the Graduate Union, then gave a short talk on the history and meaning of the holiday which, as she says, is not always what you are taught at school. We are grateful to Amina for promoting the work of the Graduate Union which exists to represent the interests of graduates and provides a number of services to help graduates with work and student life.

A delicious meal of roast turkey, creamed potatoes and vegetables was then enjoyed by all. The meal was rounded off with generous portions of pumpkin, pecan and apple pie with cream with coffee before everyone headed off to an afternoon of lectures and hard work, hopefully taking with them a sense of “belonging” at a time when family and friends are important.

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Chicago Alumni Reception

ChicagoMore than 70 Cambridge alumni and guests gathered at the Chicago home of Robert Chatterton Dickson (Magdalene College), British Consul General, for an alumni reception on November 18.  

The Consul General spoke about his time at Cambridge and recognized Paul Svoboda (Queens' College) and John Morrison (Oxon.) for their important work in strengthening the Cambridge community in Chicago by organizing frequent and well-attended events for alumni in the area.

Guests enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres as well as the opportunity to converse with Cambridge friends, new and old.

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Reception with the New Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, NYC


United Nations
Delegates Dining Room

405 East 42nd Street, New York City
(enter on 1st Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets)

Nearly 150 alumni and friends of Cambridge gathered in the Delegates Dining Room at the United Nations for a reception to meet the new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.  The Delegates Dining Room, made possible by Sir Mark Lyall Grant (Trinity College; British Ambassador to the United Nations), boasted panoramic East River views of Brooklyn and Queens.  Alumni enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with fellow Cantabs during the reception before the Vice-Chancellor took the stage.  

Marc Feigen (St. John's College), Vice-Chairman of Cambridge in America, welcomed guests and introduced Sir Mark Lyall Grant, British Ambassador to the United Nations.  Sir Mark spoke briefly about the history of the UN and its delegates' connection to Cambridge.  He then introduced Professor Martin Daunton, Master of Trinity Hall.  Professor Daunton shared details about Sir Leszek's distinguished background before introducing him to guests. 

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CAm: Cambridge in America Day 2010 - San Francisco

cam_day_sfOn Saturday, November 6, 2010, more than 100 Cambridge alumni and friends attended Cambridge in America Day at the Hyatt Regency on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, CA.  Guests were welcomed by Ann Mather (Sidney Sussex), former Executive Vice President and CFO of Pixar and Board Member of Cambridge in America.

Dr. Mike Rands (Executive Director of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative) spoke about the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, a collaboration between the University and leading biodiversity conservation organizations in the Cambridge area.

After a brief coffee break, Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (Master of Sidney Sussex College) talked about Pompeii and Herculaneum, two cities destroyed by Vesuvius in AD 79.

After Dr. Rands and Professor Wallace-Hadrill spoke, Ann Mather facilitated an engaging panel discussion with the two speakers.

Attendees then gathered for a drinks reception and enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with fellow Cantabs and friends. 

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Chateau St. Jacques d'Albas wine tasting with owner Graham Nutter (Fitzwilliam) - New York City


On October 28, CAm donors gathered at the offices of Cambridge in America for a private Chateau St. Jacques d’Albas wine tasting event with owner Graham Nutter (Fitzwilliam 1966, President of the Fitzwilliam Society). The event was a gesture of thanks for generous past donations to CAm. Guests tasted four wines from this winery in the south of France: Le Petit Saint-Jacques, Cabernet-Grenache 2008; Domaine Saint-Jacques d’Albas, Minervois 2007; Chateau Saint-Jacques d’Albas, Minervois 2008; and La Chapelle Saint-Jacques d’Albas, Minervois 2006 and compared tasting notes for each.

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Performance and alumni reception with Nicholas McGegan, OBE (Corpus Christi) - St. Louis, MO

Nic McGegan

Twenty-five alumni and guests attended a reception in St. Louis, MO with Nicholas McGegan, OBE (Conductor and Music Director, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Corpus Christi College) immediately following a performance by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.  After leading a stunning and energetic rendition of Beethoven's Fourth Symphony and Schubert's Mass No. 6, Nic McGegan joined alumni  in the Symphony's Met Bar where he mingled and spoke to each person in attendance.  

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Alumni reception with Prof. Simon Blackburn (Faculty of Philosophy) in New York City

Simon Blackburn

More than 60 people attended an alumni reception at the Cornell Club of New York City with Professor Simon Blackburn (Faculty of Philosophy) on October 20, 2010. Professor Blackburn recounted tales from his early days at Cambridge and described how he came to study Philosophy. He then delved into a deeper discussion on ‘Why Philosophy Matters’ before taking questions from the audience.

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