15 February: 8th Annual Feb Club Borrel in Amsterdam

Happy New Year to all!

On Thursday, February 15th, the Yale Club of the Netherlands will host our 8th annual Feb Club Emeritus party in the center of Amsterdam at Café Luxembourg, described as “one of the world’s great cafes” by the New York Times.

With over over 5,000 participants at 100 events across the globe, the Feb Club Emeritus (www.febclubemeritus.com) has become the largest Yale alumni event, where you can meet old friends and make new ones.  We have had between 20 and 30 people each year, and hope to see many of the over 100 Yale-alums in the Netherlands.

Dinner can be ordered by those who want it, and general festivities for all.  There’s no entrance fee (it’s pay your own way), but please register on Eventbrite or by sending an email to yaleclubnl@gmail.com.

From 6:30 on…

Cafe Luxembourg
Spui 24, 1012 XA Amsterdam
easily reached via trams 1, 2, and 5.

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Renaming Calhoun College: Yale Daily News Survey & Report

The Yale Daily News surveyed almost 2,000 alumni about the decision to rename Calhoun College, and reported the results in the article: “What’s in a name?”

Over 60% supported the name change, but it stirred considerable discussion and significant opposition, with older graduates being more strongly opposed.

The article also considers the potential impact on donations, and the emotional ties many alumni have to “their” Calhoun College.

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9 February: 7th Annual Feb Club Borrel in Amsterdam

Happy New Year to all!
On Thursday, February 9th, the Yale Club of the Netherlands will host our 7th annual Feb Club Emeritus party in the center of Amsterdam at Café Luxembourg, described as “one of the world’s great cafes” by the New York Times.
With over over 5,000 participants at 100 events across the globe, the Feb Club Emeritus (www.febclubemeritus.com) has become the largest Yale alumni event. Meet old friends and make new ones.  We have had between 15 and 30 people each year, and hope to see many of the over 100 Yale-alums in the Netherlands.
Dinner can be ordered by those who want it, and general festivities for all.  There’s no entrance fee (it’s pay your own way), but please register by sending an email to yaleclubnl@gmail.com
Cafe Luxembourg
Spui 24, 1012 XA Amsterdam
easily reached via trams 1, 2, and 5.

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An intimate evening with the British Royal Collection: 17 November in the Hague

Join Yale Club alumni on an intimate, exclusive guided tour through the new exhibition in the Mauritshuis: “At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection” (https://www.mauritshuis.nl/en/discover/exhibitions/royal-collection/) with rarely-seen paintings by Vermeer, Jan Steen, and other Dutch Masters.

Date: Thursday 17 November 2016
Time: 18.00 visit museum, 19.00 guided tour. Followed by informal drinks at 20.00 for those who want to join.
Cost: EUR 10 for the tour (to be paid in advance) + entrance to museum (free with Museum card, or EUR 12,50 group rate to be paid at the door).

Reserve your place by emailing Johan van Rijn GRD ’10 at jacob.vanrijn@aya.yale.edu.


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A call to young alumni from the Ivy Circle

Following is a letter to young alumni from the Ivy Circle:

We are Madeleine Gorman and Tim Oldeman, and we co-chair the newly created Young Alumni Chair position of the Ivy Circle.

The position was created this year to introduce a focus on younger alumni. “Young alumni” is loosely defined as alumni who have graduated in the last ten years or so or are below the age of 35.

Our aim is to engage both existing young alumni of the Clubs and newly arriving alumni, whether they are Dutch students returning home, or foreign alumni arriving in the Netherlands for work or otherwise.  By introducing them to their own alumni organizations and to the expanded network offered by the Ivy Circle, we will aim to make their transition (back) to Holland a little bit easier by connecting them with a like minded community.

The spirit underlying this initiative is inclusive and collaborative, so please consider the definition of young alumni as suggestive; all are welcome to join.

To support this goal, we have set up the Ivy Circle Netherlands Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/558320417705148/?fref=ts), where we can connect with fellow young alumni, and updates, news and invitations can be posted. We are also in the early stages of organizing our launch event, please stay tuned for more details.

We look forward to meeting young alumni in our networks and to discussing the potential impact of the Ivy Circle’s new initiative.

Kind regards,
Madeleine Gorman and Tim Oldeman

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if you’re in London 11 October… our own Jason File will be speaking

In Conversation…  A new series of intellectual enquiry hosted by the Yale Club of London at the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art

In Conversation: Dr Alice Prochaska and Jason File
About the inaugural event: For the inaugural event on Tuesday the 11th of October, we’re honoured to engage in conversation with Dr Alice Prochaska and Jason File.  Alice Prochaska, currently Principal, Somerville College, Oxford, where she received both her BA and DPhil, was University Librarian at Yale (2001-10).  Jason File, artist, lecturer in fine art, war crimes prosecutor, is a graduate of Yale College 1998 and Yale Law School 2004.  During a sabbatical from Yale, Alice undertook research on cultural restitution and the roots of modern approaches to international heritage and the ownership of cultural assets. Jason makes art from often neglected artefacts belonging to corporate, social or political environments in the hopes of revealing hidden aspects of our relationships with institutions and each other. We are extremely pleased to host two people whose combined years in residence at Yale total 17 and whose pursuits as archivist, artist, administrator and advocate connect so clearly with the identity and endeavour of the Paul Mellon Centre, who have kindly provided a venue for this series.
More information:
The series is open to alumni of Yale University and their guests.  Places are strictly limited, ensuring a high level and intimacy of discussion.  We encourage a range of difficult topics to be analysed, a diversity of ideas and perspectives to be freely expressed, and provocative questions to be asked. The overall feel is of an intense but amiable roundtable among equals of intellect and imagination. Participant numbers are kept small to ensure interactive and meaningful dialogue. The evening begins at 6pm with registration in the Ground Floor Reception Waiting Room, Paul Mellon Centre,  continues in the Centre’s recently refurbished 1st floor library, followed by light refreshment and concluding promptly at 8pm.
Register early to discover what the particular alchemy between Alice Prochaska and Jason File will yield and to explore with them how the lawyer-artist and researcher-archivist-curator respond to key questions of our time.
Registration: click here.
All Members: £20 (Registration strictly limited to 30 places)
Further information available at YCL AGM on Tuesday 20th September, where event organisers, Anica Alvarez NishioMargaret Glover, and Justine Kolata will be in attendance.
Event: In Conversation: Dr Alice Prochaska and Jason File
Date: 11 Oct 2016 6:00 PM to  8:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
Location: Paul Mellon Centre, 16 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JA
Bookings/more info: Click here to register for this event.
6:00 pm: Registration
6:15 pm: Welcome and Introduction
6:25: Curated Conversation with Speakers
6:45: Moderated Conversation with Guests
7:30: Informal conversation over drinks
7:55: Evening concludes

About In Conversation…
The Yale Club of London is very pleased to present the first in a new series of events, which has grown out of a request from members for more direct engagement with speakers who come to talk to the Club. ‘In Conversation…’ takes place three times a year. Each event is a stand-alone evening concentrating on an issue of contemporary relevance from the perspectives of those in attendance. Taken overall they form a series of intellectual enquiry concentrating on some of the major themes of our time: identity, ethics, aesthetics, etc.  Two experts from different but complementary disciplines come together with a moderator for a curated conversation lasting about half an hour then opening out to include all in attendance.  We hope the discussion is both theoretical and practical.

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10th Annual Ivy Circle MBA Fair: 15 September in Amsterdam

Amsterdam MBA Fair
Are you a young professional with several years’ work experience in the private or public sector? Do your ambitions extend beyond the Netherlands? Are you considering a graduate business degree such as an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from a top-ranked international program to take your career to the next level?
The choice of school is critical to making your MBA a success. Factors which you should take into account include international reputation, specialization, one vs. two year program, US vs. Europe, alumni relations, campus etc. Most important is that you make the right choice for you!
Ivy Circle Netherlands with the support of Roland Berger offers you this unique opportunity to meet Admissions Directors and alumni from the world’s top graduate business schools. During the fair, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the MBA in general, compare schools and programs, learn more about those youre most interested in and see which best fit your competencies and ambitions, to help you make the right choice.
What: 10th annual Amsterdam MBA Fair
When: Thursday, 15 September 2016 from 18.00-22.00
Where: St. Nicolaas Lyceum, Prinses Irenestraat 21/corner Beethovenstraat, 1077 WM Amsterdam
St. Nicolaas Lyceum
is walking distance from Amsterdam Zuid-WTC train and metro station, and is located across the street from CitizenM Hotel Amsterdam City. Also reachable by Tram 5 (stop at Prinses Irenestraat/Beethovenstraat).


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9-11 Remembrance Ceremony, The Hague

SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
Please arrive by 2:30 p.m.
American Women’s Clubhouse – near The World Forum

Each year, we have a simple memorial to bring people together.  Please join us and bring your friends and people you know would like to be with us.  There are no invitations.  Everyone is welcome – “Iedereen is welkom” There will be poetry, music, personal stories and a time to share hopes and memories.

DEAN SIMPKINS, RSO – Regional Security Officer,  United States Embassy
SHAWN CROWLEY, Chargé d’Affaires, United States Embassy


Sponsored by OAR (Overseas Americans Remember) in cooperation with The United States Embassy.
Further information:  oarinnl@yahoo.com



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A thank you to our volunteers!

Any time is a good time to thank volunteers, but the end of the school year, before everyone leaves on vacation, is an especially good time for recognition.

Alumni School Interviewers: thanks to Heather Kurzbauer for leading our local committee, and thanks to van Johan van Rijn, Richard Golden, Rachel and Anatoly BrekhmanBolanle Olupona and Heather for conducting all those interviews.

Events: Richard Golden organised the specatcular tour of the Stedelijk Museum and its depot.  Harmony Folz earned our thanks for the Feb Club Emeritus event and last year’s Day of Service.  And thanks to those who attended the Volunteer Leadership Forum in April.

A note of recognition to Johan van Rijn, who has taken on the role of Secretary of the Ivy Circle, which provides access to a wide range of great events.

And a special thanks, and farewell to Harmony Folz, who has managed our membership lists and been a key volunteer for many years.  She’s taking a long trip with her family, so we’ll miss her help on many fronts.

Best wishes for a good summer!

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Reminders: International Law Seminar June 2, (the Hague); Cities of the Future/Grid Night June 9 (Amsterdam)

Grid Night on cities of the future! From Except Integrated Sustainability: June 9, Amsterdam
Have you ever wondered what cities in the future will look like? Will they be dreamy cities in the sky or the sea, or small practical rooms in large buildings like in 5th Element? Have you ever imagined how we will move around? Will humans evolve to static and overweight beings sitting all day on a self-driving device that will take them everywhere, like in Wall-E? Or perhaps, we will become like Ironman, flying around?
In Grid Night, Let’s Move!, we want to get together and find the visions living among you, our guests. You participate, for when it comes to the future of the city, everyone is an expert. We will challenge you by sending you on an adventure to figure out the important questions we want you to answer, and who will join you in your creative journey towards those answers.
18:30 – 20:00 Let’s Move! Dinner.
20:00 – 21:15 Let’s Move! Main Event.
21:15 – onwards Let’s Move! Dance & Drinks.
Location: Cafe Radion, Louwesweg 1, Amsterdam.
Date: Thursday June 9th, 2016.
Social media: #GridLetsMove @Except_NL
Let’s Move! Dinner: Two course vegetarian meal. € 35,- per person (includes 2 drinks). Limited space: 30 seats available. Reserve a spot for you and your friends! Do so before May 23rd, and you’ll receive a € 3,- discount. Buy your ticket at eventbrite.


Symposium: Legal Diversity and the Universal Vocation of International Law, 2 June, the Hague
McGill University’s Faculty of Law and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University, have the pleasure of inviting you to a one-day Symposium on the theme of legal diversity and the theory and practice of contemporary international law. Other sponsors of the event include the McGill Alumni Association of the Netherlands and the Harvard Club of the Netherlands. The event will be followed by an evening reception at the residence of the Canadian Ambassador to the Netherlands in Wassenaar.
Registration: events.grotius@cdh.leidenuniv.nl
Admission is free of charge but places for the evening reception, in particular, are limited.
9:00-9:30: Registration and Coffee
9:30-10:20: Opening Remarks: Setting the Stage
Session 1: The International Court of Justice
Session 2: Private International Law and the Hague Conference on Private International Law
Session 3: Perspectives from International Criminal Tribunals: Prosecutors and Judges
Session 4: International Criminal Law: Perspectives from Academics and Practitioners
Session 5: Concluding Remarks and Discussion: Themes and Insights of the Day
The Ambassador of Canada, H.E. Sabine Nölke, will host a post-conference reception, at the Canadian Official Residence (Groot Haesebroekseweg 44, Wassenaar), from 18:30 to 20:30.
Thematic Questions:
Legal pluralism, legal diversity and international law: retrospective and prospective views; experiences from the practice of various Hague legal institutions; traditions of multiculturalism and legal pluralism (including  the McGill Law Faculty educational method);
Human rights, peremptory norms, international legal standards and legal / cultural diversity;
“Cosmopolitan attitudes, methods & officials” (Patrick Glenn) in the practice of international law;
“Harmonious coexistence rather than obligatory universality” (Patrick Glenn) & universality through diversity (ICJ Vice-President Yusuf);
The enrichment of international law through principles and approaches of diverse traditions / legal systems (former ICJ Vice-President Weeramantry);
Envisioning future pathways for international law / institutions in the light of global legal diversity.

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