OUS Houston - Annual Oktoberfest Event

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.

Spotlight on South Asia in Alumni Voices podcast

Dr Maria Misra shares her experiences as both a student and academic at Oxford University, as well as her love of South Asia, in a 15-minute interview.

Listen to the podcast


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.

Spectacular Ceylon

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.

Read more about Spectacular Ceylon 2016

Oxford & Cambridge Society of Peru - Annual Dinner

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.