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May 2018: The Royal Archives

THE OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE SOCIETY OF THE NETHERLANDS takes great pleasure in inviting you to a guided tour of the Royal Archives in The Hague

The Royal Collections of the Netherlands include the archives of the House of Orange-Nassau and unique collections of manuscripts and the special cartographic collection. As well as the personal papers of individual members of the houses of Nassau and Orange-Nassau, these include archives of royal estates and former estates in the Netherlands and overseas, those of the Royal Household and some third-party archives. A small part of the Royal Collections of the Netherlands is displayed in the family museum at the Royal House Archive, where the Royal Collections of the Netherlands are based.

The guided tour lasts about 75 minutes.

Date: Friday,  May 25th
Time: Meet in front of the entrance to the palace gardens at 13:30. Walk through gardens to Royal Archives at 13:45. Guided tour from 14:00 – 15:15.
Location: Prinsessewal, Den Haag http://www.koninklijkeverzamelingen.nl/en/contact-directions
Registration: Free for members who have paid their 2018 annual membership subscription. Maximum 22 participants due to limited space.

For more information, look [here]

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March 2018: Tour of Gazing Ball by Jeff Koons

Please join alumni of MIT, Harvard, Columbia, Fulbright, McGill, Oxbridge and many others for a tour of De Nieuwe Kerk’s 2018 Masterpiece: Gazing Ball. The work is from the Gazing Ball Paintings series by American artist Jeff Koons (b. 1955), which began in 2014. Gazing Ball (Perugino Madonna and Child with Four Saints) is a wondrous combination of a handpainted version of Madonna and Child with Four Saints (1500–01) by Italian Renaissance painter Perugino and a smooth cobalt-blue glass ball.

The Nieuwe Kerk Masterpiece series presents works of art so extraordinary that they are almost never loaned out, because of their fragility or their status as beloved favourites. Many of the works featured in the series have an obvious or unexpected religious or spiritual dimension. Each one is a work that calls for contemplation and introspection and dazzles visitors in the breath-taking surroundings of De Nieuwe Kerk’s gothic interior.

Date: Sunday 18 March
Time: Meet at the entrance of De Nieuwe Kerk at 15:30. Private tour from 16:00 – 16:45. Thereafter a drink (on own account) from 16:45 – 18:00 at the Cafe adjacent to De Nieuwe Kerk.
Location: De Nieuwe Kerk, Dam, Amsterdam
Open to: Harvard alumni and Ivy Circle members.
Registration: Please sign up before 15 March to c.demeyere@inter.nl.net on a first come first serve basis. Places are limited.
Price: EUR 19 without Museum Jaarkaart and EUR 10 with Museum Jaarkaart p.p. Please wire the fee before 15 March after you have received a confirmation from Carine to: Harvard Club of the Netherlands, NL66 TRIO 0198 487 622, stating your name and “Jeff Koons”.

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March 2018: 164th Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race is one of the oldest sporting events in the world. The 164th race will be held this year on Saturday, March 24th with both the Women’s Boat Race and the Men’s Boat Race being rowed on the Thames. The scores since the races first began in 1829 (men) and 1927 (women) now stand at:

Men: Oxford 80 : Cambridge 82

Women: Oxford 30 : Cambridge 42

This year our traditional boat race dinner will be held at the Royal Boat Club in Heemstede.

Date: Saturday, March 24th, arrival from 5 pm, women’s race from 5:30 pm, AGM meeting afterwards before the men’s race at 6:30, dinner at 7:00 pm
Place: KR&ZV Het Spaarne, Marisplein 5, 2102 AC Heemstede
Price: €35 (members and first guest), €40 (all other guests)

More information [here].

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Elsewhere: Oxford alumni weekend in Rome

Oxford University is organising an alumni weekend for European alumni: Rome, March, 16-18. Details can be found here: https://www.alumni.ox.ac.uk/Rome2018

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February 2018: Candlemas Evening

Candlemas is an evening of music, poetry, readings and other contributions from our own members. Guests will be welcomed with coffee or glühwein and you will be free to wander amongst the pianos until the programme starts! During the interval we will serve a buffet supper and drinks.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 3rd, starting at 7 pm
Place: “Emilie van Leenen Piano’s”, Lammermark 59, 2312 CM, Leiden
Price: €15

More information [here]

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December 2017: Christmas dinner with the Harvard Society

Dear Alumni, We proudly invite you to come to the annual Christmas dinner organised jointly with the Harvard Society.

When: Saturday, December 16th
Where: De Kas, Amsterdam
Price: €65 for dinner, two drinks and tea/coffee

Looking forward to seeing you there! For more information and registration click [here].

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November 2017: Day of the Dead

Please join alumni of MIT, Harvard, Altardediademuertos.jpgColumbia, Fulbright, McGill and many others! For our new annual tradition: Instead of Halloween or Thanksgiving we will celebrate the “Day of the Dead”, a Mexican tradition that invites the loved ones who passed away to become part of the festivities. With altars full of colors, candles, food and drinks, we dance the night away. Dress Code: Customes suggested! Just wear what you can find in your closet, something colourful!

Date: Saturday 4 Nov, 7pm-11pm
Place: Terragon
Price: €25 euros including full dinner (for vegetarian option please tell us in advance), 2 drinks, coffee, tea and free parking.

Please register HERE so we know the numbers.

Picture by Eneas de Troya – http://www.flickr.com/photos/eneas/4072192627/, CC BY 2.0, Link

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October 2017: Round table with Dr. Stan Brouns

Dear alumni, We are proud to announce a new round table event at which you get the chance to listen to an eminent speaker in a small and intimate setting and ask questions. As we all agree to keep what was said inside the room to ourselves (Chatham House rules), everyone is free to express themselves.

The speaker is Dr. Stan Brouns, a renowned expert on CRISPR/Cas genome editing and microbe/bacteriophage interactions, topics which are almost daily in the news. Dr. Brouns has been contributing to public discussion rounds and his presentation titled ”How microbes keep their CRISPR memory up to date“ will be aimed at non- experts. Further details on his work can be found on his homepage: https://www.brounslab.org.

Please register by replying to Johannes Hohlbein (j.hohlbein {at} gmail.com). The event will be limited to 12 participants.

Place: Den Haag, Benoordenhout, further details upon registration
When:  Thursday, October 26th, 2017; starting at 7.30 pm
7.30 – 8.30 pm: Small reception
8.30 – 9.30 pm: Talk by Dr. Stan Brouns with discussion afterwards
Price: €10 for drinks and nibbles to be paid upon arrival

More information can be found [here].

 

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November 2017: Annual Dinner

Dear alumni, We are proud to announce our next event, the Annual Dinner with guest speaker, Dirk Brengelmann, a distinguished diplomat whose career includes appointments to Haiti, London, Washington and Brazil. Between 2010 and 2013 he was NATO Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy in Brussels. Herr Brengelmann has been the German Ambassador to the Hague since August 2016.

Date: Friday, Nov. 3th, starting at 7:30 pm
Place: The Penthouse, Haagse Toren, The Hague
Price: €60 for members + €60 for one guest, €75 for non-members.

More information can be found [here] and click [here] for the registration form.

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September 2017: Discovery of Mondriaan (Den Haag)

The Harvard Club of the Netherlands, in cooperation with the Columbia, MIT, Ox-Cam, and McGill clubs, has organised an exciting event not to be missed! From their website:

“Piet Mondrian is one of the Netherlands most celebrated and influential artists. The Harvard Club of the Netherlands and The Netherlands Fulbright Alumni Association have arranged not one but two private tours of the exhibition The Discovery of Mondrian (De Ontdekking van Mondriaan).

With the biggest and best collection of Mondrians anywhere in the world, the Gemeentemuseum is in a position to illustrate every stage of the artist’s amazing career in spectacular fashion. The journey will lead them to Amsterdam, Paris, London and New York – the great world cities where Mondrian could give free rein to his genius and make the discoveries that enabled him to revolutionize art.

Immediately following the tour participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a live jazz performance by the New European Ensemble in the Museum Garden (Tuinzaal).”

Date: Sunday 24 September, Meeting time: 13:30 hours in the main hall (the tour starts promptly at 13:45 hours)

Place: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Price: EUR 17.50 (or EUR 5.00 for Museum card holders)

For more information and registration please look [here].

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