HCNL Newsletter November 2017

Dear alumni and members,

Now the days are getting shorter, we are preparing for the festive season.

We are very excited that we have been able to secure the spectacular Garden Room of restaurant “De Kas” for our annual HCNL & OXCAM Christmas Dinner on Saturday 16 December. This promises to be a very special culinary experience in a unique location.

For more details, please read on. We hope you will join us!

On behalf of the HCNL Board,

Laura K. Birkman

HCNL & OXCAM Annual Christmas Dinner, Sat 16 December

We, the Harvard Club of The Netherlands and the Oxford & Cambridge Society of the Netherlands, are delighted to announce that we will be hosting the 2017 edition of our annual Christmas Dinner at De Kas (“The Greenhouse”) restaurant & nursery in Amsterdam.

De Kas is a chic garden conservatory serving Mediterranean dishes made from organic ingredients grown on-site. It is located in a set of greenhouses, which date back to 1926 and used to belong to the Amsterdam Municipal Nursery. As food tastes best when it is prepared with the freshest, local ingredients, De Kas grows its own herbs and vegetables in the greenhouses and gardens at the restaurant, and on the surrounding farmland in the Beemster area.

To accommodate our annual Christmas dinner, the Chef will prepare a special five-course menu based on the day’s harvest of its nursery, supplemented with the best additional ingredients from local suppliers. We are happy to reveal that we have secured De Kas’ most spectacular room for the event: the Garden Room. The menu will not be shared until the Dinner, but guests are invited to provide their dietary preference upon reservation.

We hope you will join us!

Place: Restaurant De Kas
Room: The Garden Room
Address: Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, 1097 DE Amsterdam
Date: Saturday 16 December
Time: Doors open at 18:00 and dinner starts at 19:00
Price: €65 (p.p.) for a five-course meal (includes 2 drinks, coffee/tea)

Register before Saturday 9 December by:
1. Payment to: The Oxford and Cambridge Society of the Netherlands a/c no. NL20 INGB 0002 2259 07 and
2. Sending an email to secretary.OCNL@gmail.com indicating:
Contact details:
Dietary preference: meat / fish / vegetarian

Open to Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, MIT & Columbia alumni. Places are limited and registration is on a first come first served basis.

Past event: Who is designing your future?

Why and how we need to elect women at all levels of government – Lecture by Harvard Executive Director Victoria A. Budson

On Friday 20 October, Harvard Executive Director of Harvard’s Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) Victoria A. Budson gave an inspiring lecture at the UvA’s Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS). The event had a great turnout and Budson provided a compelling case why we need to elect women in politics at all levels of government. With audience members that included the PVDA chair of Amsterdam, Marjolein Moorman and many more aspiring politicians and gender experts, the Q&A session turned into a riveting discourse about some of the main challenges and opportunities women face to get elected. A fantastic event, organized to perfection by Liza Mügge and the rest of the ARC-GS team. Thanks to all who attended!

Orbituary Nico Bloembergen (1920-2017)

Nico Bloembergen was born in Dordrecht. He studied physics at the University of Utrecht and graduated summa cum laude in 1943. In 1946, he arrived as an undergraduate student at Harvard University, only six weeks after Edward Purcell had discovered nuclear magnetic resonance in condensed matter. Bloembergen wrote together with Purcell and Robert Pound one of the most cited publications in physics. In 1948, he received his doctor’s degree at Leiden University on basis of the Harvard work, after which he was accepted as Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.

In 1950, Bloembergen married Deli Brink in Amsterdam, after which the couple moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bloembergen got a tenure position in 1951 as Associate Professor, and was appointed as Gordon McKay Professor in 1957. He discovered the three-stage principle, which is currently used in every laser. Early sixties he changed his research activity to non-linear optics, which is implicated in glass fiber optics. In 1981, Bloembergen received the shared Nobel Prize for physics. In the eighties, he was co-chairman of a scientific committee of the American Physics Society which examined the possibility of the Star Wars Program. The judgement of the committee was devastating for the program. Bloembergen became an emeritus professor in 2000, went to Tucson, Arizona where he was appointed as Professor in Optics at Arizona State University. Nico Bloembergen passed away on September, 5, in Tucson, in the presence of his two daughters. He was not only a genius, but also an incredible nice man. He is survived by his wife Deli and his three children.

Dr. Rob Herber,
Biographer of Nico Bloembergen (Nico Bloembergen, Meester van het Licht, Eburon 2016)


New social media

Please check out our new website www.harvardclub.nl. Also, you can download our free app “Harvard Club of the Netherlands” for the latest information and news about the club and our events. You can also use our app to sign up for events.

As a charitable organisation, we are dependent on your membership fee. Our membership year runs from 1 January until 31 December. Have you not paid your fee for 2017 (or 2016) yet? Please wire your fee (EUR 50 for regular members or EUR 25 for recent graduates ’15 -’17) to Harvard Club of the Netherlands NL66 TRIO 0198 487 622, stating your name and the membership year(s). For more information, see our website. Thank you!

We are recruiting new volunteers (see also above)! Are you interested in (co-)organising events, assisting with student applications, charity work or other activities? Please email: info@harvardclub.nl

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