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NEWS AND EVENTS FOR 2013

  • Antonian and National History Center Director Wm. Roger Louis has won the Benson Medal of the Royal Society of Literature, the oldest society in Britain, founded in 1820 to honour " meritorious works in poetry, fiction, history and belles-lettres" The medal, the Society's highest recognition of lifetime achievement, is awarded "to those whom the Society feels have given many years of outstanding service to literature" Past recipients have included Lytton Strachey, Edith Sitwell, E.M.Forster, Wole Soyinka, J.R.Tolkein and Nadine Gordimer.
  • Following the UK local elections and the UK Independence Party’s success, the question of Britain’s membership in the EU is again making headlines. Former Tory Chancellor Lord Lawson said the UK should quit the EU while David Cameron has promised to give voters a proper choice in a referendum if the Conservatives win the next election. Against this background, the St Antony’s Alumni Group in Belgium held a breakfast on 7 May 2013 with former Antonian Lord William Wallace, Government Whip and Spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth office and the Cabinet Office. On the menu was the UK balance of competences review, which Lord Wallace is overseeing, as well as the UK-EU relationship and EU reform in general. After a presentation from Lord Wallace, the ensuing discussion focused on the methodology of the balance of competence review, the role of the EU in the exercise, the specific area of justice and home affairs as well as the expected upcoming developments following the UK local election results. One issue raised that deserves particular attention is the need for a new European narrative. In this context, the upcoming European Parliament elections have been mentioned as gaining increasing relevance. For more information on the St Antony’s Alumni Group in Belgium, please contact Roderick Kefferpütz at sant.belgium@gmail.com
  • Professor Timothy Garton Ash received the European Media Prize “Médaille Charlemagne pour les Médias Européens” (Charlemagne Medal) this year on Thursday 2 May. http://www.gcr21.org/single-news/info/tg-ash-receives-the-medaille-charlemagne-pour-les-medias-europeens/9eed97bacf2a90493275456a6c7613c5
  • Joshua Sherman, a valued member of the College over many years died on Sunday April 7, 2013. He was a student at College between 1967 - 1970 and a Research Fellow from 1970 - 1974. His DPhil thesis was on "British Government Policies toward Refugees from the Third Reich, 1933-1938" From 1990 - 2013 he was an Associate Fellow.

    SHERMAN--A. Joshua. Foundation trustee, consultant and author, died on Saturday, April 6, 2013. He was 78 years old. Mr. Sherman was born in Jerusalem in 1934, came to the US as a child, and was educated in New York City public schools, the Jewish Theological Seminary College of Jewish Studies, and Columbia College, from which he graduated with honors in 1954. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1957, and completing service in the U.S. Army, he was employed in New York and London by Kuhn, Loeb & Co., investment bankers, of which he was appointed a Vice President in 1964. He left the firm in 1967, joining St. Antony's College, Oxford, where he completed a doctorate in history in 1970, and continued as Research Fellow and tutor in politics and history, until his return in 1974 to New York. From 1975 to 1978, he was Executive Director of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and subsequently was for two years Executive Director of the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology. From 1983 to 1985, he was Visiting Lecturer in history and Assoc. Fellow of Davenport College, Yale University, and from 1984 to 1985, served as Chaplain Intern in the clinical pastoral education program at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York. After receiving his M.S.W. from Yeshiva University in 1987, he was active in clinical settings including the Prog. for Humanistic Medicine of NYU Medical School at Bellevue Hospital; GMHC, where he worked with groups of AIDS patients and their caregivers; and the Psychiatric Inst. at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Upon moving to Vermont in 1994, Mr. Sherman was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at Middlebury College, teaching courses in European history, civil society, and philanthropy. For several years he was a volunteer clinician with the Counseling Service of Addison County, and subsequently volunteered at Elderly Services in Middlebury. Mr. Sherman was a trustee of several trusts and foundations, including the Cricket Foundation of Boston, and consultant on philanthropy to a number of families. For many years he was a Director of Thames & Hudson, Inc., publishers. Among his published books are, "Mandate Days: British Lives in Palestine, 1918-1948;" "Island Refuge: Britain and Refugees from the Third Reich, 1933-1939;" "M.M. Warburg & Co., 1798-1938;" "The Raven of Zuerich, the Memoirs of Felix Somary;" and three pseudonymous thrillers about international banking, published in London, New York and Paris. A frequent contributor of reviews to the TLS, London, he also published reviews and essays in the New England Review, The New York Times, and The Sun, Baltimore. He was a keen amateur violinist, regularly played chamber music, and also enjoyed gardening. With wide-ranging interests and fluent in several languages, Mr. Sherman enjoyed good talk, often lightened with humor. He was at home in many settings, but remained loyal to his origins, and to friends of all ages and backgrounds. Though he moved to Vermont only in his 60th year, he took particular pleasure in the welcome he and his partner found there. Survivors include his beloved life-mate of 28 years, Jorge Martin, whom he married in 2008; his sister, Varda Lev of Providence, R.I.; three nieces; two grandnieces and a grandnephew; and an international circle of friends.

          Published in The New York Times on April 21, 2013 : http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?n=a-joshua-sherman&pid=164364247#fbLoggedOut

  • DPhil student Nick Chan ran in the 2013 London Marathon to raise money for the Jesuit Mission Charity. http://oxfordstudent.com/2013/04/18/wombleing-down-london-marathon-way/ 

  • A lecture, using the images of one of our past Fellows, Michael Aris, "Some dance photographs from Bhutan in the PRM’s Michael Aris Collection" will be hosted by Gerard Houghton - Videographer of Himalayan dance, and held in the Pitt Rivers Museum New Extension, South Parks Road, (entrance via Robinson Close) on Wednesday 17 April 2013 at 6.30pm.
     
  • This year, The Henley Boat Races ( The Varsity matches for women, lightweight women and lightweight men) were moved to Dorney Lake, the London 2012 Olympic rowing venue. The Cambridge women were faster off the line, but Oxford drew level by the halfway mark. For the second 1000m of the race, Oxford increased their lead and beat Cambridge by 1 and 1/3 lengths. It was a very exciting race particularly as Oxford came back from being down at the halfway mark. This year also marked the first year of equal funding for the men and women's university rowing team, which means better coaching, better equipment, and better resources for the women's club. Crew members: Mariann Novak (Bow), Alice Carrington-Windo (2), Mary Foord-Weston (3), Jo Lee (4), Amy Varney (5), Harriet Keane (6), Anastasia Chitty (7), Maxie Scheske (Stroke), Katie Apfelbaum (Cox) http://theboatrace.org/women/.
  • Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad wrote in the "Politics in Spires" website on 22 March 2013 about the human cost of religiosity in Pakistani politics. http://politicsinspires.org/pakistan-a-nation-defined-by-religion-yet-being-torn-apart-by-it/   Plus he also wrote in the "Politics in Spires" website on 18 February 2013 about the prospects of peace in Afghanistan ahead of 2014.  http://politicsinspires.org/as-western-withdrawal-gains-momentum-peace-in-afghanistan-hinges-on-one-factor-pakistan/
  • On 11 November 2012, on Poland's National Day, Professor Norman Davies (Honorary Fellow since 2011 and Alistair Horne Research Fellow, 1970=71) was awarded the Order of the White Eagle by the Polish President. The White Eagle is Poland's highest honour, and, visiting heads of state excepted, is rarely awarded to foreigners. Queen Elizabeth II and Professor Davies are the only Britishers to be so honoured. The ceremony took place in the presidential palace in Warsaw before the start of the annual military parade. Professor Jerzy Buzek, the former Prime Minister and President of the European Parliament was decorated on the same occasion."
  • Our W1 crew won blades in this weeks Torpids, moving up 4 places in the division to achieve 7th place in Div III

    The crew is as follows

  • Cox: Megan Christy
  • Stroke: Felicity Le Quesne
  • 7: Allison Hartnett
  • 6: Janna van der Linden
  • 5: Karoline Waack
  • 4: Kate Bruce-Lockhart
  • 3: Julia Zulver
  • 2: Anna O'Kelly
  • This past Sunday (3 March) The FOXES, the St. Antony's/Graduate College Women's Football team defeated Keble College 3-1 in their Cuppers Semi-Final match. After going behind to an early goal, the FOXES then turned things around to dominate the match and ultimately triumph with goals from Kelly O'Connor (St Antony's), Brittany Urick (Univ), and Kyle Edwards (St Cross). Katelyn Leader, an Antonian MPhil in Development Studies and co-Captain, led by example throughout and a number of Antonians put in sterling performances. The FOXES will play in the Cuppers Final in Trinity Term and are coached by (Antonian) Graham JevonIt is hoped the St. Antony's Men's Football Team can learn from the ladies' success, with their Cuppers Semi-Final game taking place in the coming weeks. 
  • Concerned that a long history of sexual harassment complaints against the powerful Lib Dem peer, Lord Rennard, had been hushed up, St Antony's DPhil Alison Smith joined forces with a number of other women to "blow the whistle" As a result, the Liberal Democrats are now conducting two separate investigations, one into the behaviour of Lord Rennard, and the other into whether the party structures were appropriate to deal with such issues. The results of the      investigation are expected in twelve weeks time, but the press investigation into a possible 'cover up' at the highest level of the party continues.The Liberal Democrats currently have one of the lowest percentages of female MPs of any mainstream political party in any western democracy, and many now believe that this is the explanation.  Ms Smith said: "I first made strong complaints about Lord Rennard's behaviour in 2007, and I know dozens of women who experienced the same problems. Our complaints were ignored. As a Comparative Government lecturer, I am teachingPPE students. Some of my talented female students told me they were considering a career in the Lib Dems, and that was when I felt I had to act."' Lord Rennard denies the allegations. 
  • Professor Hasan Bulent Paksoy honoured with award in TURKSAV-17th World Service Awards. http://www.turksav.net/Turksav-Service-Awards.aspx?Language=en-US&Id=2
  • Dr Nicola Horsburgh writes in the "Politics in Spires" website on 13 February 2013 about North Korea's nuclear test. http://politicsinspires.org/2013/02/north-koreas-third-nuclear-test-whats-different-this-time-round/
  • Four of St Antony's students have been appointed as part of President Enrique Peña's new Government in Mexico. Mr Aurelio Nuño Mayer (MSc Latin American Studies, matriculation '06) was designated President Enrique Peña's Chief of Staff. Mr Manolo Reynaud (MSc Latin American Studies, matriculation '08) has been designated the Chief of Staff's Senior Advisor, while Ms Isabel Moctezuma Barbará (MPhil Development Studies, matriculation´07) was designated the Chief of Staff's Advisor on Social Policy. Finally, Mr Pedro Velasco Sodi, (MPhil in Social Policy, matriculation '07) was designated Deputy Director General for Management and Innovation in Elementary Education, at the Education Ministry.

  • Marianne Scordel (’98) (founder, Bougeville Consulting) has recently received a professional award from the Financial News and been voted one of the 40 hedge fund rising stars under the age of 40 in Europe ("40 under 40" most influential rising stars for the next generation).http://www.efinancialnews.com/gallery/financial-news-hedge-fund-rising-stars-2012/12
  • Professor Bob Service was on the "Great Lives" programme on BBC Radio 4 on 1 January 2013, together with Matthew Paris and comedian Richard Herring. Richard was discussing " Rasputin" who he chose for his great life, and Matthew Paris used Harry Shukman's "Rasputin" as his chief source of information. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01phgjs

  • Artwell Mthembu (a chef at St Antony's) recently embarked on a 100km two-day walk to prepare for his annual Christmas party with street kids in the Pretoria CBD, and to raise awareness for a foundation he started (http://www.thenewage.co.za/75724-1014-53-Walking_for_street_kids). 
Major events and news during previous years

 
The latest issue of the St Antony’s International Review (Volume 6, Number 2, February 2011) features a themed section on “China’s Rise and Adapting Global Structures,” including an article by Professor Rosemary Foot and an interview with Lord Patten (Chancellor of the University of Oxford). This issue also contains a general section, featuring an article by Professor Richard Ned Lebow (Dartmouth College). The issue is available both in print for £5 + postage and online, accessible through the Oxford library network. For more information, please visit www.stair-journal.org or contact STAIR’s Managing Director Nicole De Silva at info@stair-journal.org
 
 

 

 

  • Antonian and National History Center Director Wm. Roger Louis has won the Benson Medal of the Royal Society of Literature, the oldest literary society in Britain, founded in 1820 to honor "meritorious works in poetry, fiction, history and belles-lettres." The medal, the Society's highest recognition of lifetime achievement, is awarded "to those whom the Society feels have given many years of outstanding service to literature." Past recipients have included Lytton Strachey, Edith Sitwell, E.M. Forster, Wole Soyinka, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Nadine Gordimer