April 2014


President's Note

Dear members,

Welcome to the Yale Club of London spring newsletter. We are all finally emerging from this horrible winter, and there is so much happening with the Club that I can hardly keep pace with it all. We have some newer initiatives, like Victoria Stainsby's food and drink group Taste and Tipples, which will try to entice all of you with mouth-watering treats around town, or established events like the Yale Art Circle, or the always impressive Speaker Series which will culminate with a recent Bulldog Nobel Prize winner addressing the Club in June….amazing! Anyway, you will read more about all the great events below. Remember Day of Service is coming soon...get involved!

On a more administrative note the Club's board met recently and decided to remove the Intermediate Member status. We are trying to simplify the membership situation. I think we can all agree that the Club's dues (which have not changed in over ten years) are a real bargain. The process of collection and administration is improving but simplifying it should also help us to manage the revenue side, which will then allow us to get more adventurous with our spending, as we push our various volunteers to try new events and activities. I always said that having money in the bank does not help the Club, so we want to make sure our members see the benefit that a thriving Club brings to them, and part of that is having the ability to try new things, which could end up costing money. As always I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this subject. Can we do more with our money? Should we raise dues? Don't forget: you can always add a further donation to your dues if you think the Club is on the right track.

So, all that remains for me to say is I hope to see you all soon at one of our many events, and a big THANK YOU again to all our volunteers.

All the best,
Joe Vittoria '85, YCL President

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Feb Club Emeritus 2014

Thank you to everyone who made Feb Club Emeritus an Old Blue success! With over 75 people in attendance over the course of two energetic hours, we packed out the back room of our friends' The Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker in Farringdon. Our banterous buzz had everyone else in the bar wondering what fun event was behind that curtain with the Yale pennant perilously taped to it! The food proved to be so popular that the kitchen ran out and closed early, which left organisers Alice Shyy and James Ford both proud and hungry. Special mention to Erik Gustafson, who escaped work and made it out just under the buzzer, and stayed to the bittersweet end.

By request of Feb Club Emeritus HQ, we recorded an attempt at Bright College Years, to be edited into a composite video from Feb Club Emeritus parties around the world--what great sports we are! Click the link to check out our rendition: http://youtu.be/bV0lF8XxKPg

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Introducing: YCL Tastes & Tipples

Calling all intrepid Yale Foodies! Here is a new social initiative aiming to bring Yalies together through a shared love of food (and drink) and to discover all the culinary delights the amazing city of London has to offer. A few ideas so far are: market visits followed by lunch, unusual eateries, distillery tour. Please share your ideas and interest with Victoria Stainsby. We hope to get our first event up and running soon!

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The Speaker Series Spring/Summer 2014

The Speaker Series continues the term with four exciting talks scheduled from April through June. Book now for the first three talks (17 April, 8 May, and 21 May) at a discount by clicking here (available until 10 April), or book these talks individually at the normal rate by using the links below: 
On 17 April, we will hear from Karl Essig (SOM '80), former founder of Morgan Stanley's securitisation businesses in the U.S., Europe, and Asia and current partner in London-based investment advisory firm AgFe, who will provide an insider’s review of the history of development of securitised financial instruments from the early 1980’s, an analysis of the principles that were violated and led to the financial crisis in 2008, and an evaluation of the lessons learned, if any. Bring your critical, tough questions to this no-holds-barred seminar from an insider of the banking industry. NB Assurances have been made to the speaker that no tomatoes will be allowed in the room!

On 8 May, we will be joined by Dr. Gordon Turnbull (Ph.D. '86), General Editor of the Yale Editions of the Private paper of James Boswell, who will be discussing the sensational twentieth-century discovery of James Boswell’s suppressed private diaries. Their publication not only threw light on the world’s best-known biography, Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson, but turned Boswell himself into a best-selling modern author, bringing him a remarkable second wave of fame. Boswell’s candid personal diaries caught and propelled the wave of confessional autobiography, and through their publication by the Yale Editions, actually expanded the definitions of ‘literature’ as an object of study and the nature of literary biography itself. Do join us for a most scintillating talk.

On 21 May, Prof. Thomas Pogge will be discussing "The Health Impact Fund: Enhancing Justice and Efficiency in Global Health." The HIF is an initiative through the Global Justice Program at Yale to introduce a complementary mechanism to reward pharmaceuticals on the incremental health impact of their products instead of the patent-protected mark-ups of their products. The implication of such a change in the business model of the pharmaceutical industry is that greater innovation and focus will be placed on tackling the diseases that affect the largest number of people in the world, rather than on a high profit margin group of a fraction of the world's population. Under the current regime, the development of new medicines often excludes the poor from its benefits, with at least a third of all human beings dying prematurely from causes that access to better medical treatment could avert.

We are delighted and honoured to have Prof. James Rothman ('71), Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2013, join us on 11 June to discuss his life's work in cell biology, the discovery that led to the award ("identifying machinery regulating vesicle traffic in our cells"), and how the framework for understanding transport pathways for vesicles within cells will have an impact on future medical research and health initiatives such as the development of personalised medicine. Long before receiving the Nobel prize, Prof. Rothman has been noted as a lucid and engaging speaker by his peers, by his students, and by non-academics alike. Save the date for this special event!

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London's Yale Day of Service 2014

London’s Yale Day of Service 2014 is a collaboration with two charities – Applecart and East End Homes – based in Mile End and features a range of activities designed for families as well as individual alums.

For those looking for a bit of creativity there will be storytelling workshops in the morning, one of which will be led by Yale School of Drama alum, Anna Jones, and drop-in drawing in the afternoon led by several artists with links to both Applecart and Yale. We’ve also recruited someone to teach African drumming!

Throughout the day there will be opportunities to lend a hand and get to know other alums and people from the Mile End community – prepping the vegetarian lunch, weeding and clearing the raised beds and green borders round the centre, setting up and clearing up for the various activities.

The Day of Service starts at 10 AM and ends at 4 PM but there’s plenty more in the area to explore – from local pubs to the Olympic Park just down the road. Mile End is a neighbourhood in transition, with new housing and old, emerging arts venues and established cultural organisations.

Join alums from around the world and around London for a Day of Service, which Applecart describes as ‘a great way to bring something colourful and exciting to the neighbourhood.’ It’s Applecart’s hope that the day will kickstart ‘similar events organised in partnership with East End Homes and the community centre. This will be a great way for us to tell our story but more importantly for others to share theirs.’

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UPCOMING YCL EVENTS
YCL Spring Country Walk

Date: Saturday, 12 April 2014
Bookings/more info: Click here to register for this event.

Enjoy a spring day out amid beautiful National Trust woodlands and take in the views from Black Down, the highest point in Surrey. Meet near the ticket office at London Waterloo at 09:10 to catch the 09:30 to Haslemere, arriving 10:20. Our 8.7-mile walk takes us to the Red Lion at Fernhurst for lunch and leaves time for tea and cakes at the end of the walk.  Hope to see you there!

Cost: This event is FREE!

Speaker Series: Karl Essig -- An Insider’s View of the History of Securitisation from the 1980s to Now

Date: Thursday, 17 April 2014
Bookings/more info: Click here to register for this event

Securitisation – the method of packaging, pooling, and transferring loans from originators to investors – played an important role in triggering the financial crisis of 2008.

For an insider’s review of the history of development of these financial instruments from the early 1980’s, an analysis of the principles that were violated that led to the financial crisis, and an evaluation of the lessons learned (if any), join Karl Essig, former founder of Morgan Stanley’s securitization businesses in the U.S., Europe, and Asia and current partner in London-based investment advisory firm AgFe in his talk entitled, "An Insider’s View of the History of Securitisation from the 1980s to Now, Including its Role in the Financial Crisis."

Cost: £5 Junior Members; £10 Intermediate and Senior Members; £15 Walk-ins on the night (if available)

Yale-Harvard-Princeton Young Alumni Drinks

Date: Friday, 25 April 2014
Bookings/more info: Click here to register for this event

Come and join fellow Yalies and alumni from Harvard and Princeton in our April joint young alumni event. The venue has a foosball table, so get ready to rekindle old rivalries, as there has already been talk of a mini-tournament!

The event is free, but RSVP/registration is required by April 12 -- capacity at this venue is limited, so we need to have a good idea of numbers!

If you have any questions about this event or want to join the waitlist, please contact James Ford and Alice Shyy.

Cost: This event is FREE!

Speaker Series: Gordon Turnbull -- 'I Have Seen the Valley of the Rubies': The Recovery and Publication of the Boswell Papers

Date: Thursday, 08 May 2014
Bookings/more info: Click here to register for this event

Dr Gordon, Turnbull, General Editor of the Yale Editions of the private papers of James Boswell, will be discussing the sensational twentieth-century discoveries of James Boswell's suppressed private diaries and other papers and their publication: how the diaries were rediscovered in the 20th century, came to Yale, became bestsellers, and now form one of the Beinecke Library’s greatest manuscript collections. The Yale editions not only turned Boswell himself into a best-selling modern author, bringing him a remarkable second wave of fame, but have changed the way literary biography is seen.

Cost: £5 Junior Members; £10 Intermediate and Senior Members; £15 Walk-ins on the night (if available)

London's Yale Day of Service 2014: Tower Hamlets Community Centre Artistic Workshops, Career Panels and Farming

Date: Saturday, 10 May 2014

This year’s Day of Service provides four different opportunities for Yale alums to donate their time in one location on one day this 10th of May. This is an opportunity for all Yalies and their families located in London and greater London to join E3 residents in the Borough of Tower Hamlets in:
  • artistic workshops to interact with the local community preparing 
  • cooking and serving a lunch to community members 
  • leading a careers panel for the local youth group 
  • weeding and preparing raised beds for further planting
A buffet lunch for all volunteers and local community members will be given from 13.00-14.30, and there will be presentations given in relation to the work of Eastend Homes in Tower Hamlets. Following lunch, volunteers are asked to clean up the eating area and kitchen. Finally, tea and plenary will be offered from 15.30-16.00.

Join alums from around the world and around London for a Day of Service!!!

Cost: This event is FREE!

Speaker Series: Thomas Pogge -- The Health Impact Fund: enhancing justice and efficiency in global health

Date: Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Bookings/more info: Click here to register for this event

At least a third of all human beings die prematurely from causes that access to better medical treatment could avert. One culprit is the existing regime for rewarding pharmaceutical innovations. It provides incentives for the development and distribution of new medicines; but it also excludes poor people from their benefits.

Through the Global Justice Program at Yale, Prof. Thomas Pogge has launched an innovative and complementary mechanism called The Health Impact Fund, which is intended to fill the gaps left by the current regime. It would give pharmaceutical innovators the option to be rewarded according to the incremental health impact of their product rather than through patent-protected mark-ups. For more insight, attend his talk entitled, "The Health Impact Fund: Enhancing Justice and Efficiency in Global Health."

Cost: £5 Junior Members; £10 Intermediate and Senior Members; £15 Walk-ins on the night (if available)

Speaker Series: James Rothman -- SAVE THE DATE!

Date: Wednesday, 11 June 2014
Bookings/more info: TBA

Please join renowned speaker and 2013 Nobel Laureate in Medicine Prof James Rothman, Fergus F. Wallace Professor of Cell Biology, Director of the Nanobiology Institute and Director of the Cell Biology Department at Yale for a stimulating talk on the latest developments in his field.

More details on the talk and the event will be released closer to the date. Watch this space for more info!

Cost: TBA

YCL Management Committee Meeting

Date: Monday, 23 June 2014
Bookings/more info: Click here to register for this event

Have a general concern or comment that you'd like to share? Is there a great idea for an event or initiative that you want to propose? Please come to the next YCL Management Committee Meeting! Alternatively, if you can't attend please e-mail any questions/comments/ideas to secretary@yale.org.uk.

If you do plan on attending, please RSVP so we know how many to expect. Hope to see you there!

Cost: This event is FREE!
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YCL Bulletin Board

-- Upcoming Singing Groups in London:
 Several Yale Singing Groups will be touring and/or passing through London for their summer 2014 world tours.  They have yet to release their performance and some are still finalising their itineraries.  However, the information we have on their tour dates are as follows:
  • RedHot and Blue (May 8-14)
  • Spizzwinks (May 13-17)
  • Alley Cats (May 24-29)
  • Whim (July 12-15)
Some are looking for home stays (particularly the Spizzwinks) so if you are able to host please contact James. Watch this space for any additional information, including concerts/performances open for YCL members to attend! 

-- Academic Mentor Position with ESM Group: ESM Group is looking for first-rate academic mentors in London to tutor high school students interested in attending top U.S. and U.K. universities. Contact information, further details on the position, and original post on the YCL Bulletin Board.

-- Housing Help! A Yale alum living in London needs to move out by the end of April due to her lease not being renewed. She's looking to reach out to some Yalies for housing tips. In particular, she's looking for a large 1 bedroom (living room, separate kitchen, bedroom, bathroom) or a small 2 bedroom for herself and her husband in zone 2. If you know of a place or are looking for trustworthy, reliable tenants please contact her!  Contact details and original post on the YCL Bulletin Board.

Have a general query or something you'd like to share? Members can post information on the YCL Bulletin board by clicking here.


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