1990s Gaudy: 16 and 17 September 2023

1990s Gaudy: 16 and 17 September 2023

Full programme:

Saturday 16 September

08:30-09:30 Breakfast for those who book
from 10:00 onwards Tea and Coffee on arrival
12:30- 14:00 Lunch
14:30-15:45 Tours of the College, including the Zaha Hadid Investcorp Building, Gulbenkian Reading Room, and Libraries
16:00-17:30 Panel: ‘The Impact of St Antony’s on the World’ with Archie Brown, Avi Shlaim, Margaret MacMillan, and Rosemary Foot
17:45-18:45 Drinks Reception with an Antonian Love Story: Eliza Reid, First Lady of Iceland, promises to spill the beans on how she and President Guðni Jóhannesson, who has also signed up for the Gaudy, met at St Antony’s.
19:45- 22:00 Dinner (Black Tie or Traditional Dress encouraged, but not compulsory) – After Dinner Speakers:  Jessica Hallett and João Cravinho
22:00 Late Bar

Sunday 17 September

08:30-09:30 Breakfast for those who book
11:30-12:15 Concert by Joji Hattori
13:00-15:00 Barbeque

How to Book

Book your tickets (and breakfast, if required) via the form below. 

If you would like to book College accommodation, this can be booked separately. Information is at the bottom of this page. 

The price includes a non-refundable transaction fee, which covers the cost of processing your booking.  Any modest surplus incurred would be directed to the College’s Greatest Need Fund.

Please read the College’s Code of Conduct, and confirm, by checking the relevant tick box in the booking form, that you have read and will abide by the Code.

Accommodation (Bed Only)

If you would like to stay in College, rooms are available to book from 15-17 September (single ensuite: £65 per night; double ensuite: £85 per night; standard rooms in Winchester Road: £55 per night). To book, visit this page, and enter the code ‘ALUM2023’ into the ‘Promotion/Event’ code box – this will reveal availability for the weekend. 


Please below for short profiles of the Gaudy weekend speakers:

Read more about our guest speakers for the 90s Gaudy

Professor Archie Brown is an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s. He was University Lecturer in Soviet Institutions from 1971 until 1989, and until 2005 Professor of Politics. His most recent book is The Human Factor: Gorbachev, Reagan and Thatcher and the End of the Cold War. It was awarded the Pushkin House Book Prize for ‘original, insightful and well-written books’ that ‘encourage public understanding and intelligent debate about 'Russia and its culture'.

Professor Avi Shlaim is an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's and a former Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford. He held a British Academy research readership in 1995-97 and a research professorship in 2003-06. He is one of Israel's New Historians, a group of Israeli scholars who put forward critical interpretations of the history of Zionism and Israel. He is a frequent contributor to the newspapers and commentator on radio and television on Middle Eastern affairs.

Dr Jessica Hallett (DPhil Oriental Studies 1988) is Senior Curator, Middle East and Head of Research at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon. She has curated various exhibitions, including Cultures of the Indian Ocean, The Oriental Carpet in Portugal, and The Rise of Islamic Art, 1869-1939.  Her DPhil dissertation was on ‘Trade and innovation: the rise of a pottery industry in Abbasid Basra.’

Dr João Cravinho (DPhil International Relations 1991) is the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs. Previously, he had served as Minister of National Defence. He was European Union Ambassador to Brazil from August 2015 to October 2018 and had been in the same post in India from 2011 to 2015. Prior to that, he occupied the post of Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. His DPhil dissertation was on ‘Modernising Mozambique: Frelimo Ideology and the Frelimo State.’

João and Jessica met each other when they were students at the College.

Mr Joji Hattori (SAM Social Anthropology 1994) is one of the leading Japanese musicians of his generation. He is a violinist and conductor. He is currently the Principal Guest Conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Joji Hattori is President and Member of the Jury of the International Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition, and he is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, London.

Professor Margaret MacMillan (DPhil History 1968) was Warden at St Antony’s from 2007 until 2017. She has a long-standing relationship with St Antony’s. After having been a student, producing a doctoral thesis on the British in India, she returned as a Senior Associate Member in 1993 and was elected to an Honorary Fellowship in 2003. In the 2018 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, Professor MacMillan was appointed a Companion of Honour (CH) for services to higher education, history and international affairs.

Professor Roger Goodman (Social Anthropology 1982) is Warden of St Antony’s College since 2017, having been the Acting Warden in 2006-7. He is also the Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies at the Nissan Institute for Japanese Studies. His research is focused on the social and educational policy of modern Japan. He was head of Oxford’s Social Sciences Division from 2008 to 2017. In 2020, he published a monograph on Family-Run Universities in Japan.

Professor Rosemary Foot is an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s since 2014. She was the Sir John Swire Senior Research Fellow in the International Relations of East Asia and has been a Fellow of the College since 1990. During that time, she held the posts of Director of the Asian Studies Centre (1994-1997), Senior Tutor (2003-2005), and Acting Warden (2012). Her most recent book is China, the UN, and Human Protection: Beliefs, Power, Image.


Oxford University Meeting Minds

The Gaudy Weekend coincides with the University of Oxford ‘Meeting Minds Alumni Weekend’, a packed programme of events all over the city.  Please see here to consult the full programme.