On October 14, we - OUS Houston - held our annual Oktoberfest at Rudi Lechner’s Restaurant in Houston.
Rudi’s is a Houston institution and offers a selection of German foods from sauerkraut to schnitzel. Approximately 30 members and friends attended the dinner and we caught up with several members we hadn’t seen in a while, and opened the ranks to Cambridge alumni.
In the audio recording, Dr Misra, an Associate Professor of Modern History and a Fellow of Keble College, contextualises contemporary Indian politics and India's role in the world by mentioning India's diversity, Hindu nationalism, changing global power dynamics, and the importance of China. The author of Vishnu’s Crowded Temple: India Since the Great Rebellion also refers to current links and the relationship between India and the United Kingdom.
Dr Misra also explains how her intellectual interests have evolved from studying English and PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at Christ Church to specialising in research and teaching the history of 20th century India and the British Empire in her role at Keble.
In addition, the podcast focuses on Spectacular Ceylon - a visit for alumni to Sri Lanka in June 2016. Dr Misra will lead the tour and she describes its highlights, including:
UNESCO's World Heritage Site at Anuradhapura
centuries of Buddhist art
and the opportunities to see leopards and elephants.
Other attractions will include visits to tea estates and colonial forts, climbing the Sigiriya rock fortress, and exploring the historic painted caves at Dambulla. The trip runs from 11 - 24 June 2016.
On Thursday, 15 October we, the Oxford & Cambridge Society of Peru, had our annual dinner party at the Foresta Hotel in San Isidro, in Lima, gathering a record amount of participants.
The enthusiasm of Oxford alumnus Santiago Mariani (St Antony's, 2008) was essential to achieving this goal, announcing our dinner well in advance and coordinating the event.Cambridge participants nearly doubled the numbers of Oxford alumni attending this time.
The Vice-Chancellor of Oxford, Professor Andrew Hamilton, and his wife Jennie left Oxford on a cold, wet and windy English morning in September for a visit to Bucharest, Romania, where they arrived to be greeted by a warm, sunny late-summer evening and around 30 members of the Oxford & Cambridge Chapter in Romania.