UCEAP recently celebrated 50 years of UC academic exchange in the UK! UCEAP alumni, staff, Partner Liaisons, current students and friends and family joined us in a multitude of events in both Edinburgh and London. Here’s what we did in London to commemorate the last half-century of successful collaboration between the UC system and its UK Partner Universities:
Thursday, the 15th of October: Exclusive Visit to Sotheby’s Auction House and Afternoon Tea at the British Museum
The 50th Anniversary came to London on Thursday, first with a private tour of Sotheby’s Auction House. Guests viewed valuable works of art that would be put up for auction that evening, including pieces by Warhol, Picasso, Raphael and many other renowned artists. Afterwards, art dealer and collector Angus Haldane gave a fascinating talk about the art market, its history and his predictions for its future.
Later that day, UCEAP alumni and staff met with current UCEAP English University students for afternoon tea at the British Museum. Attendees enjoyed sandwiches, scones, sweets and as much tea as they could drink while engaging in interesting conversation about their study abroad experiences.
Friday, the 16th of October: Lecture at ACCENT by Alastair Owens
On Friday, the long-standing partnership between ACCENT and UCEAP was celebrated with a captivating lecture given by Alastair Owens, Professor of Historical Geography at Queen Mary University of London and a faculty member of the UC London Study Centre Programme at ACCENT. Professor Owens taught guests about Dr. Thomas Barnardo and the work he did with poor children in London’s East End in the late nineteenth century.
Saturday, the 17th of October: Gala Dinner at Gibson Hall
The 50th Anniversary events concluded with a large gala dinner at Gibson Hall in London. UCEAP alumni, staff, current students, Host University Partner Liaisons and other guests mingled at a drinks reception before entering the great hall for a buffet dinner of gnocchi, beef bourguignon and chocolate mousse. After dinner thought-provoking speeches were given by Professor Susan Carlson, Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and Programmes at the UC Office of the President, Tina Takegi, an officer in the economic section at the U.S. Embassy in London and an alumna of UC Berkeley, Trisha Rassatt, the president of the UC Alumni UK Board and a UC San Diego alumna, and Sophia Crisafulli, a current UCEAP student studying at King’s College London from UC Santa Barbara. Afterwards, guests took part in a fun and challenging pub quiz, testing their knowledge about England and California.
Study abroad programs like UC EAP give people the opportunity to learn about Britain, to see the country and its people up close, and to understand what makes them tick. And study abroad programs also allow us to bring a little of the U.S. to the UK. -Tina Takagi
These events were a fantastic way for all those either currently or previously involved with UCEAP to celebrate the UC system’s long standing relationship with the UK and its Partner Institutions. UCEAP alumni enjoyed reminiscing about their time abroad and current UCEAP UK University students saw what the future might hold for study abroad students. Here’s to the next 50 years!
Here is a list of just some of the guests who attended our events:
Elizabeth Janis Perl
Ines de Romana
Maggie Anderson- University of Sussex
Tom Atterson- King’s College London
Jeffery Boloten- Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Dominic Dean- University of Sussex
Federica Galoppo- Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Jos Hackforth-Jones- Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Hilmi Jaidi- University of Sussex
Susannah Lemon- University of Bristol
David Line- University of Bristol
Alejandro Madrigal- University College London
Anthony Manning- University of Kent
Amy Mechowski- Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Mark Pickerill- University College London
Juan Carlos Sanchez-Madrigal- University College London
Alison Stenton- King’s College London
David Stevens- University College London
Charlie Temperton– University of Sussex
Katrien Verbruggen- University of East Anglia
Jonathan Woolfson- Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Sam Woolway- University of Sussex
Johana Canda-Fiserova-UC Los Angeles
Violet Del Toro-UC Riverside
Jayme Ilic-UC Riverside
Maya Ladno-UC San Diego
Sylvia Mas-UC Los Angeles
Mike Mompi-UC Davis
Mikael Perreau-UC Los Angeles
Trisha Rassatt-UC San Diego
Charlie Swann-UC Los Angeles
Catherine Townson-UC San Diego
A big thank to everyone who attended our 50th Anniversary events!
All photos of Gala Dinner by Greg Allen