HCNL Newsletter October 2017

The goals of HCNL are to build a community of all Harvard alumni in the Netherlands, to assist students in the Netherlands wishing to study at Harvard, and to promote the goodwill of the University. The past couple of weeks, we have been very busy promoting these goals! We presented our innovative HCNL app at the Harvard European Club Leaders Meeting in Lisbon, represented Harvard at three education fairs, and hosted a very succesful Mondrian & Jazz event with the Netherlands Fulbright Alumni Association. Also, we have a new Academic Coordinator in the HCNL Board, Steffen Rimner, who we will introduce further below.

With the arrival of Fall, more exciting events are coming up. This Friday, Victoria A. Budson, Founder and Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School, will be coming to the Netherlands to provide a lecture at the UvA. Later this month, instead of Halloween, 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 plan to dance the night away during this new annual tradition!

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

On behalf of the HCNL Board,

Laura K. Birkman
President


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 at the UvA on Friday October 20

We are proud to announce that Victoria A. Budson, Founder and Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School, will be coming to the Netherlands to provide a lecture “Who is designing your Future? Why and how we need to elect women at all levels of government” at the University of Amsterdam’s Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS) on Friday October 20, from 15:30 to 17:00. The event is free and all Harvard Club of the Netherlands members are warmly invited to attend! Registration is not required. The event will be followed by drinks. More information about the speaker, lecture, and location can be found here. We hope you will join us!


New annual tradition: Dia de Muertos Alumni dinner on Saturday November 4

Please join alumni of MIT, Harvard, Columbia, 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 will dance the night away.

Date: Saturday 4 Nov, 19:00-23:00.
Place: Terragon
Dress Code: Costumes suggested! Just wear what you can find in your closet, something colourful!
What: Full dinner (for vegetarian option please tell us in advance), drinks, coffee and tea.
Cost: €25 euros including 2 drinks, food, and free parking.

Please register HERE so we know the numbers.


European Club Leaders Meeting 2017

Another successful Harvard European Club Leaders Meeting was held from 6-8 October in Lisbon, Portugal. With more than 40 attendees, the Harvard Alumni Association put together a strong programme of events, underscoring the ongoing relevance and interest of Europe for Harvard University. The weekend was a great chance to share experiences, best practices, and discuss new opportunities with the University for Harvard Community engagement. President of the Harvard Club of the Netherlands (HCNL), Laura Birkman, was invited to present the HCNL app, which will likely be used as a prototype for other Clubs around the world. We are grateful to be able to engage with the broader Harvard Club community in Europe and give thanks to the exceptional hosting skills of the Harvard Club of Portugal, who provided a magical programme en marge of the working meeting. Thanks to all and looking forward to next year!


Past event: Mondrian & Jazz

The Mondrian & Jazz event on Sunday 24 September was a great success! Our excellent tour guides from the Gemeentemuseum, Monique and Sophie, provided a truly unforgettable journey into the beautiful and complex journey Mondrian undertook before he became the icon of modern abstract art. After the tour, participants were invited to join a live performance of the New European Ensemble. Using Mondrian’s art as inspiration, the ensemble performed a lovely mixture of jazz and classical music, using Mondrian’s iconic designs as a source of inspiration. Special thanks to our fantastic guides and everyone who joined. With nearly 40 participants, we had a full house! We look forward to seeing many of you again at one of our next events.


Past event: Education Fairs 28 September – 1 October

HCNL Board Members and volunteers represented Harvard University at the Ivy Circle’s 6th annual U.S. Undergraduate Fair and the 2017 Go USA Education Fairs. We hope that we have inspired and assisted many future Dutch Harvard students!


Please meet: Our new board member Steffen Rimner

On 26 August, we welcomed Steffen Rimner as a new board member. We asked Steffen a couple of questions to get to know him better.

Can you tell us a bit more about yourself?
I am a historian and currently Assistant Professor of the History of International Relations at Utrecht University where I cover the Asia Pacific from the twentieth century to the present day. After studies in Konstanz and at Yale, I received my Ph.D. in international history at Harvard’s Department of History in 2014. For three years I was an affiliate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard, for two years of International Security Studies at Yale. I have also been a fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford, Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian institute at Columbia University, a fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden, at the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University and a Transregional Research Junior Scholar of the InterAsian Contexts and Connections program of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in New York. Prior to coming to Utrecht, I was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (Tobunken) at the University of Tokyo. My book on the origins of global drug control should be out soon!

What is your role at the HCNL?
At the Harvard Club of the Netherlands, I function as the Academic Coordinator for the Netherlands. I hope to attract more Harvard faculty to university and public events in the Netherlands and to bring students in the Netherlands closer to Harvard.

Do you have any other interests?
When, for unknown reasons, I don’t work, I think that I should think more, do more sports, play more music and improve my Dutch!


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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.

Membership
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!

Volunteers
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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