April 2021 (online): 167th Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

Dear alumni,

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Alas, this year we will not be hosting our usual in-person Boat Race event. However…

We warmly invite you to join us via Zoom between 16:30 CET and 18:30 CET on Sunday, April 4, 2021, with participants watching the races on their own TVs, in their own living rooms, via BBC One:

For the zoom link for this free, “experimental” event please contact secretary.ocnl@gmail.com.

No registration or confirmation is needed.

Hope to see you there!

February 2021 (online): Information chaos, Trump, and how we regain trust in news – Alan Rusbridger

With COVID-19 continuing to make our usual physical events impossible, our Society would like to invite you to an engaging online discussion, led by Alan Rusbridger, on the topic of information chaos, Trump, and how we regain trust in news.

Alan Rusbridger is a British journalist, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and the former editor-in-chief of The Guardian. In 2020 he also became a member of Facebook’s Oversight Board.

In his recent book, News and How to Use It: What to Believe in a Fake News World, Rusbridger talks with passion about social media, citizen journalism and new business models. There is no shortage of cheap and cheerful websites that cater to commentator’s vanities. But who is going to fund the journalism is that really matters— the investigations, the search for fact that those in power would rather we did not have? Do we want Silicon Valley to be its philanthropist?

When: Fri, 26 Feb 2021, 20:00 CEST
Where: Online (Zoom link will be provided)!

For further details and tickets please follow the [link] to Eventbrite.

February 2021 (online): Candlemas

Candlemas is an evening of music, readings, poetry and other items contributed by our own members. Falling on or close to the 2nd of February, it is a convivial way of dispelling the spirits of winter and welcoming the lengthening days that herald the coming of spring.

This year’s Candlemas will be a special online edition. You will be able to enjoy it in the comfort of your own living room without venturing out into the cold February night!

The formal part of the evening will last approximately one hour but you can stay online afterwards for a chat with the other guests. All (short) contributions are welcome. If you would like to contribute, please let us know by sending an email to Victoria at vj.twist@kpnplanet.nl or Sam at secretary.OCNL@gmail.com.

The evening is open to all members of the Society and there will be no charge.

When: Sat, 13 Feb 2021, 19:30 CEST
Where: Online (Zoom link will be provided)!

For further details and tickets please follow the [link] to Eventbrite.

January 2021 (online): Hydropolitics – Dr. Haroon Sheick

Dear alumni, We wish you a happy new year and all the best for 2021.

With COVID-19 continuing to make our usual physical events impossible, our Society would like to invite you to an engaging online discussion, led by Dr. Haroon Sheikh, on the topic of hydropolitics.

An Oxford University alumnus, Dr. Sheikh is a senior research fellow at the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) and a philosopher at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

His recent book, Hydropolitics, analyses the dynamics of the world’s seas.  He describes the relationship between land and sea powers and between water and trade, as well as the innovative character of sea powers. He pays special attention to the role of the Netherlands and to the changing relationship between the US, a traditional maritime power par excellence, and China, traditionally a land force.

This talk will be free, but participants are encouraged to make a donation of their choice to Vluchtelingenwerk, a Dutch refugee charity.

With best wishes, The Committee

When: Fri, 22 Jan 2021, 20:00 CEST
Where: Online (Zoom link will be provided)!

For further details and tickets please follow the [link] to Eventbrite.