Seattle: Alumni Happy Hour & Networking
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Seattle: Alumni Happy Hour & Networking

Alumni & friends in Seattle — please join us on Friday, October 4th for happy hour at The Bookstore Bar & Cafe (the library bar of the Kimpton Alexis Hotel in Historic Pioneer Square) to connect and network with fellow alumni in the area. Come have a chat with AFSOAS Seattle representative Amy Newcomb and AFSOAS President Greg Buie (who will be visiting from CA). First drink is on us!

Please RSVP to afsoas1@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Boston: Alumni Happy Hour & Networking
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Boston: Alumni Happy Hour & Networking

Alumni & friends in Boston — please join us on Friday, September 20th for happy hour at PAGU (Japanese tapas restaurant) to connect and network with fellow alumni in the area. Come have a chat with AFSOAS Boston representative & former John Loiello Scholarship recipient Sherin Nassar and AFSOAS President Greg Buie (who will be visiting from CA).

Please RSVP to afsoas1@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Washington DC: "Navigating Change in African Art"
Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

Washington DC: "Navigating Change in African Art"

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The Centre for African Studies at SOAS is hosting this free event in Washington, DC, together with the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

Museum Director, SOAS Alumnus and Honorary Fellow, Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford will discuss “Navigating Change in African Art” with Kwame Anthony Appiah, philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist.

Many SOAS grads and staff will be attending so it’s sure to be a great evening of academic content and networking.

Doors open at 6:00pm.

Reception to follow.

RSVP direct to: alumni@soas.ac.uk 

Reserve your free ticket swiftly, as places are limited. See the flyer for more details.

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Palo Alto: Panel Discussion - Fake News, Social Media, and Preserving Democracy in the Age of AI
Sep
12
6:30 PM18:30

Palo Alto: Panel Discussion - Fake News, Social Media, and Preserving Democracy in the Age of AI

Please join SOAS, University of London, Cambridge and Oxford Alumni and the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley, for this thought-provoking Panel Discussion by Media experts, tackling key questions on how we preserve our democracy at a time of AI-enabled media distortions and troubling fake news accusations that are upending politics on both sides of the Atlantic.

PANELISTS:

George Brock analyzes the media for organizations like the BBC and blogs on 21st Century Journalism (http://georgebrock.net). He was Professor of Journalism at City, University of London, from 2009-17. For many years a key journalist at The Observer and managing editor of The Times, he was President of the World Editors Forum from 2004-08, and Chair of the International Press Institute’s British Section for several years.

Quentin Hardy is currently Director of Editorial at Google Cloud, and formerly New York Times Deputy Tech Editor from 2011 - 2017. He has also worked for the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. His credo: 'I truly believe that.… the nexus of sensors/mobile computing, large cloud systems and AI will remake the world on the scale of electricity, automotive power, etc.'

Richard Gingras is Vice President, News at Google, where he guides the company's strategy in how it surfaces news on Google search, Google News, and its smart devices. He also oversees Google’s effort to enable a healthy, open ecosystem for quality journalism. In March 2018, Gingras announced the Google News Initiative, a global effort including $300 million dollars to elevate quality journalism, explore new models for sustainability, and provide technology to stimulate cost-efficiency in newsrooms. Richard has been involved in digital media since 1980 and helped found Salon.com

MODERATOR:

Rachael Myrow is KQED's acting Silicon Valley Bureau Chief. You can hear her work on NPR, Here & Now and the KQED podcast Bay Curious. She also periodically guest hosts for KQED's Forum and The California Report, which she hosted for seven years. Prior to joining KQED, Rachael worked in Los Angeles at KPCC and Marketplace. She holds degrees in English and journalism from UC Berkeley (where she got her start at public radio at KALX-FM). Outside of the studio, you'll find Rachael circling the Stanford Dish, whipping up Instagram-ready meals in her kitchen, and doggedly trying to keep pace with The New Yorker magazines piling up by her couch.

Please register and obtain tickets to this event through Eventbrite: RSVP HERE

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San Francisco: University Club of SF Mixer
Aug
20
6:30 PM18:30

San Francisco: University Club of SF Mixer

Join the American Friends of SOAS California team for our monthly mixer, sponsored by Cambridge University. The event is free and open to all Alumni of British Universities. This is a great opportunity to see old faces and make new connections, at the prestigious University Club of San Francisco.

*Contact: Dr. Bharti Kansara (AFSOAS Vice President): bkansara@yahoo.com

*Location: 4th Floor Bar with spectacular views of San Francisco. Drinks and Snacks available for purchase.

*Dress Code: Business Casual

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Philadelphia: "Hidden Lives Illuminated" Film Screening
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

Philadelphia: "Hidden Lives Illuminated" Film Screening

Alumni in the greater Philadelphia area — please join us on Friday, August 16th at 6:00pm for a special event featuring the work of SOAS alumnae Erika Tsuchiya-Bergere (BA Social Anthropology '07). Meet at OCF Coffee House (2100 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130) at 6:00pm for a get-together before the first screening (7:00pm).

Eastern State Penitentiary’s “Hidden Lives Illuminated will offer a rare look into daily life inside America’s correctional system through four newly commissioned, animated short films, created by artists living or working in prisons. Each film will be projected onto Eastern State’s 30-foot facade for one week, accompanied by a soundtrack that viewers can download to their smartphones. Concurrent programs hosted by community ambassadors will foster public conversation around social and criminal justice issues, before the project culminates in a one-night festival during which all films will be screened, along with documentaries about the artists, which will play inside the historic site’s cellblocks. A short documentary about the creation of the project will later be on view for future Eastern State visitors.

Please contact AFSOAS Board member & Philadelphia representative Kate Barron-Alicante at kbbarron@yahoo.com or email us at afsoas1@gmail.com to RSVP for this event. We hope to see you there!

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NYC: CISD Networking Event
Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

NYC: CISD Networking Event

The Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy invites you to join fellow alumni, current students and CISD academics for food and refreshments at the The Harold NYC.

Please note the event will take place on the 2nd Floor/ Mezzanine level.

RSVP by clicking HERE

We look forward to seeing you there!

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NYC: "The Kidnapping of the Chibok Girls: Five Years On" @ The Africa Center
Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

NYC: "The Kidnapping of the Chibok Girls: Five Years On" @ The Africa Center

Join SOAS PhD Scholar Aisha Oyebode on April 2nd at The Africa Center in NYC for the following event:

“As part of the Bring Back Our Girls 90-day global campaign, a high-level dialogue will be convened in New York to discuss national, regional and international responses to Boko Haram’s targeting of women and girls, with a view to further strengthening these responses. The event will bring together multiple stakeholders including the United Nations, it's Member States, regional organizations, women’s rights advocates and civil society organizations. High-level participants and speakers at the event will include representatives from the United Nations including the Deputy Secretary-General, Mrs. Amina Mohammed, and the Executive Director of UN Women and Under-Secretary-General Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Join us for an 'in conversation' to discuss: The Chibok Girls, Mass Kidnappings and Gender-Based Violence in the Lake Chad Region at the Africa Center in New York.

We are delighted to be joined by Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, who will be our keynote speaker.

Speakers also include:

  • Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS)

  • Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, CEO Murtala Muhammed Foundation and Co-Founder of Bring Back Our Girls

  • Mojúbàolú Olúfúnké Okome, Professor of Political Science and Co-founder of Bring Back Our Girls

  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women

  • Professor Peyi Soyinka-Airewele, Professor of African and Comparative/International Politics at Ithaca College, New York”

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Bay Area: Computer History Museum tour & lunch
Mar
17
12:00 PM12:00

Bay Area: Computer History Museum tour & lunch

Join us on Sunday, March 17th at 12:00pm for a 1-hour curated tour of an exhibition at the Computer History Museum entitled 'Where To? A History of Autonomous Vehicles". Our curator will be Dr. John Mashey, Board Member of the CHM, who worked on the Unix operating system at Bell Labs, and was previously Chief Scientist at Silicon Graphics.

Following our tour of the museum, we will head to nearby Indian restaurant Zareen's across the road from the CHM for a delicious lunch.

Location: Computer History Museum, 1401 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, California 94043

Please click here to RSVP

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AFSOAS Alumni & Friends Trip: GHANA!
Jan
27
to Feb 6

AFSOAS Alumni & Friends Trip: GHANA!

Please join us for our first-ever American Friends of SOAS "Alumni & Friends" trip -- we are heading to GHANA!

JANUARY 27th - FEBRUARY 6th, 2019

ACCRA  *  HO  *  NKWANTA  *  KUMASI  *  CAPE COAST

$2500/person (exclusive of airfare & visa)

During this trip we will spend several days with Dr. Felix Ameka, a Ghanaian academic and collaborator with SOAS's Endangered Language Documentation Programme (ELDP) learning about the work to document critically endangered languages in Ghana and doing site visits with some of these communities (including Animere -& Adele-speaking communities). We will also enjoy a lecture at the University of Ghana - Legon, an exchange with the local alumni association in Ghana, and a full schedule of sightseeing, learning and cultural engagement as we travel through Accra, Ho, Nkwanta, Kumasi and Cape Coast!

Though this trip is intended for American alumni of SOAS and their family & friends, anyone with an interest in learning and travel is most welcome to apply. Space is limited to 20 persons though, so it is advisable to apply early.

The per person program fee is inclusive of all the following:

  1. Double room / shared accommodation for 10 nights at mid-range hotels.

    *A single room supplement is also available for an additional $500.

  2. All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and bottled water for the duration of the trip itinerary (11 days)

  3. Basic emergency medical evacuation insurance (through United Healthcare)

  4. All scheduled activities and related entry & participation fees

  5. Local transportation (through a privately hired vehicle & driver) for the duration of the trip itinerary (11 days)

  6. Essential tips for hotel and restaurant staff, drivers, guides, etc.

  7. A Trip Lead (ie: AFSOAS representative) who will manage all itinerary-related logistical arrangements and issues for the duration of the trip

The following are not included in the trip program fee and are the sole responsibility of the participant to cover:

  1. Roundtrip airfare (arriving at and departing from Accra International Airport) to and from the participant’s chosen departure airport

  2. Passport fees & immunizations

  3. Visa for Ghana (you are responsible for applying and securing your own travel visa to the country)

  4. Any travel, medical, or other insurance

  5. Excess baggage charges

  6. Alcoholic beverages

  7. Any personal shopping

  8. Any additional tips for any hotel or restaurant staff, drivers, guides, etc.

Please use the following links to download the application materials. When complete, please send your application materials and nonrefundable deposit of $500 (preferably a check made out to “American Friends of SOAS”) to: American Friends of SOAS, PO Box 2744, Orange, CA 92859. You may also email a copy of your application materials to afsoas1@gmail.com to further expedite the process of securing your spot, but we still require that you mail us the physical completed application materials with your original signature.

For any questions, please contact us at afsoas1@gmail.com.

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California: Festive Season Party for SOAS Alumni & Friends
Dec
9
12:00 PM12:00

California: Festive Season Party for SOAS Alumni & Friends

  • Cupertino, CA 95014 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are thrilled to invite all of our California-based alumni to an "At Home" festive season party hosted by the AFSOAS Vice-President, Dr Bharti Kansara in Cupertino, CA on Sunday December 9th 2018 from 12-3pm.

A lunch of Indo-Persian cuisine and mulled wine will be provided.

Both Jessica Adomako and guest Saprina Panday, an International multimedia storyteller passionate about feminism and intersectionality, will be giving talks.

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This will be an opportunity to gather with other local SOAS alumni and hear more about the winter alumni tour of Ghana planned for January 27th 2019. Alumni will be travelling through Ghana with Dr Felix Ameka, Professor at the University of Leiden and the purpose of the trip is to learn about the work to document critically endangered languages in Ghana and site visits with some of these communities (including Animere -& Adele-speaking communities). We will also enjoy a lecture at the University of Ghana - Legon, an exchange with the local alumni association in Ghana, and a full schedule of sightseeing, learning and cultural engagement as they travel through Accra, Ho, Nkwanta, Kumasi and Cape Coast.

Whilst this trip is intended for American alumni of SOAS and their family & friends, anyone with an interest in learning and travel is most welcome to apply. Space is limited to 20 persons though, so it is advisable to apply early.

From this trip, it is our goal to provide 2 prospective Ghanaian students with scholarships to undertake a 2-week intensive course on the Endangered Language Documentation Programme ELDP at SOAS next fall.


FESTIVE SEASON PARTY - TICKETS:

 

$90 for those in the private sector

$50 for those in the public

$25 for students

*All proceeds benefit the Ghana Endangered Languages Scholars Fund

Please register for this event direct at AFSOAS1@gmail.com and you'll then be given contact details and the address of the event in Cupertino. We hope to see you there!

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DC: Alumni Mixer
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

DC: Alumni Mixer

Come get to know some of your fellow SOAS alumni at a mixer on Thursday, November 1st @ 6:00pm at Local 16 Restaurant (1602 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009), and learn more about our upcoming (first-ever!) “AFSOAS Alumni & Friends Trip” to GHANA this January 27th - February 6th, 2019!

For any questions and to RSVP, please contact Whitney (DC Alumni Ambassador) at whitney.purdum@gmail.com or send us an email at afsoas1@gmail.com. Thanks and see you there!

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Stanford University: Talk by Prof. Edward Simpson - "A Road Trip through the Heart of Modern India"
Oct
25
12:00 PM12:00

Stanford University: Talk by Prof. Edward Simpson - "A Road Trip through the Heart of Modern India"

Title of Talk: “State Highway 31: A Road Trip through the Heart of Modern India”

Speaker: Professor Edward Simpson, Director of the South Asia Institute, SOAS

Venue: Stanford University campus, Encina Hall West, Room 219

Sponsors: Stanford Center for South Asia

RSVP: By sending an email to afsoas1@gmail.com

*Lunch with alumni to follow event

Talk Abstract
"State Highway 31: A Road Trip through the Heart of Modern India"

This talk follows the route of State Highway 31 through western Madhya Pradesh, central India. The research was part of a larger project looking at the ideas behind the production of infrastructure in South Asia. This journey takes us through landscapes of sex work and opium, some of the oldest nationalist networks in the country, and along the fault-lines of long-running tensions between local communities. The road was one of a series built as a public private partnership and, as such, speaks of the reconfiguration of state relations with private capital and business. Toll booths become places of company ethos, education and for the creation of new kinds of citizens. The nexus of government and private enterprise takes us on a dizzying journey through the world’s tax havens and onto the decks of luxury yachts. Exploring the broader political economy of the road and the organisation of institutions and travellers that sustain it encourages questions about the nature of governance and power in the country.

Speaker Bio
Edward Simpson is a Social Anthropologist and Director of the South Asia Institute at SOAS University of London. He is currently interested in the relationship between infrastructure, automobility and the global-sustainability agenda. From previous research he wrote: The Political Biography of an Earthquake: Aftermath and Amnesia in Gujarat, India. (Hurst 2013). He is the Principal Investigator on a five-year project funded by the European Research Council looking at infrastructure across South Asia. This work is being undertaken in partnership with the Mumbai-based artists CAMP.

*Please RSVP to afsoas1@gmail.com if you plan to attend

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UC Berkeley: Talk by Prof. Edward Simpson - "A Road Trip through the Heart of Modern India"
Oct
24
12:00 PM12:00

UC Berkeley: Talk by Prof. Edward Simpson - "A Road Trip through the Heart of Modern India"

Speaker: Edward Simpson, Social Anthropologist and Director of the South Asia Institute, SOAS

Sponsors: Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

Location: UC Berekely campus, Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

RSVP: By sending an email to afsoas1@gmail.com

Talk Abstract
"State Highway 31: A Road Trip through the Heart of Modern India"

This talk follows the route of State Highway 31 through western Madhya Pradesh, central India. The research was part of a larger project looking at the ideas behind the production of infrastructure in South Asia. This journey takes us through landscapes of sex work and opium, some of the oldest nationalist networks in the country, and along the fault-lines of long-running tensions between local communities. The road was one of a series built as a public private partnership and, as such, speaks of the reconfiguration of state relations with private capital and business. Toll booths become places of company ethos, education and for the creation of new kinds of citizens. The nexus of government and private enterprise takes us on a dizzying journey through the world’s tax havens and onto the decks of luxury yachts. Exploring the broader political economy of the road and the organisation of institutions and travellers that sustain it encourages questions about the nature of governance and power in the country.

Speaker Bio
Edward Simpson is a Social Anthropologist and Director of the South Asia Institute at SOAS University of London. He is currently interested in the relationship between infrastructure, automobility and the global-sustainability agenda. From previous research he wrote: The Political Biography of an Earthquake: Aftermath and Amnesia in Gujarat, India. (Hurst 2013). He is the Principal Investigator on a five-year project funded by the European Research Council looking at infrastructure across South Asia. This work is being undertaken in partnership with the Mumbai-based artists CAMP.

PARKING INFORMATION
Please note that parking is not always easily available in Berkeley. Take public transportation if possible or arrive early to secure your spot.

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Please RSVP to afsoas1@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

*Lunch with alumni to follow event

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Los Angeles: "Pints with the Prof" @ Tuck Room Tavern
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Los Angeles: "Pints with the Prof" @ Tuck Room Tavern

Alumni & Prospective Students - join us for a meet & greet with visiting SOAS Professor and Director of the South Asia Institute, Prof. Edward Simpson, at the The Tuck Room Tavern (near UCLA) on Sunday, October 21st @ 6:00pm!

Prof. Simpson will give a summation of his current research & studies and other happenings at the SOAS South Asia Institute.

For prospective students, this is also a great opportunity to meet and ask questions of a SOAS professor and SOAS alumni.

As space is limited with our current reservation, please RSVP to Greg at afsoas1@gmail.com to secure a seat. Guests welcome.

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NYC: "Pints with the Prof" @ Harlem Tavern
Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

NYC: "Pints with the Prof" @ Harlem Tavern

Alumni & Prospective Students - join us for a meet & greet with visiting SOAS Professor and Director of the South Asia Institute, Prof. Edward Simpson, at the Harlem Tavern (near Columbia University) on Tuesday, October 16th @ 7:30pm!

Prof. Simpson will give a summation of his current research & studies and other happenings at the SOAS South Asia Institute.

For prospective students, this is also a great opportunity to meet and ask questions of a SOAS professor and SOAS alumni.

As space is limited with our current reservation, please RSVP to Brent at brentwsiegel@gmail.com or to afsoas1@gmail.com to secure a seat.

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Documentary & Movie from Ghana and Nigeria - Silicon Valley African Film Festival
Oct
6
5:30 PM17:30

Documentary & Movie from Ghana and Nigeria - Silicon Valley African Film Festival

5:30pm - Introduction to the African Film Festival by talented Alumnus Federico Olivieri (who helped organize the first African Slum Film Festival in Nairobi, Kenya)

6:00pm - 35-minute documentary from Ghana: "Oku - The Herbalist and Sculptor," which features Dr. Oku Ampofo - Ghanaian physician, herbalist and sculptor.

Afterward, we will enjoy a delicious African meal at the Festival or at a nearby restaurant.

8:00pm - 77-minute feature film from Nigeria: "The Lost Cafe," which is about a girl's decision to rise above dark family secrets & culture shock and live her life abroad.

For details and to purchase a day pass, see Silicon Valley African Film Festival.

If you plan on joining our AFSOAS group, please RSVP to Bharti Kansara at bkansara@yahoo.com or to afsoas1@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

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The Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) was founded to confront the sad reality that after over 50 years of post-colonial rule in Africa, most of Africa’s narrative is still presented to the world through a foreign lens with narratives that have created blurred interpretations and perceptions of Africa and Africans. The affordability of filmmaking tools in the last few decades; prompted an exponential growth of the African film industry with African filmmakers eager to share the true stories, hopes and dreams of Africa with the global community. For African filmmakers, substantive issues of the day are, through a wide range of narrative, aesthetic and thematic strands, more common concerns than escapist and sensationalist fares. In this, African cinema challenges not just the complex networks of ignorance, prejudices and stereotypes underpinning Africa’s pernicious misrepresentation as a place of turmoil, deprivation and ambiguity. SVAFF presents Africa through the African Lens!

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Alumni Happy Hour & Networking - Philadelphia
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Alumni Happy Hour & Networking - Philadelphia

Join us for a fun and insightful evening at Harper's Garden on Wednesday, September 26th from 6-9pm. In addition to a short talk by a guest speaker, we will be sharing all the details of our upcoming alumni trip to GHANA scheduled for January 27th - February 6th, 2019, as well as our plans to establish a strong SOAS alumni network in Philadelphia. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more, we strongly encourage you to attend.

Drinks and refreshments will be served.

Suggested minimum donation of $20. All donations will support our efforts to bring 2 scholars from Ghana to receive training at the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme at SOAS in Fall 2019, in an effort to help them document and preserve their respective communities' languages.

To RSVP: please email us at afsoas1@gmail.com

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Alumni Happy Hour @ Kapoor Galleries - NYC
Sep
25
6:00 PM18:00

Alumni Happy Hour @ Kapoor Galleries - NYC

Join us for a fun and insightful evening at the beautiful Kapoor Galleries. Drinks and refreshments will be served, and we will be sharing all the details of our upcoming alumni trip to GHANA scheduled for January 27th - February 6th, 2019!

Suggested minimum donation of $20. All donations will support our efforts to bring 2 scholars from Ghana to receive training at the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme at SOAS in Fall 2019, in an effort to help them document and preserve their respective communities' languages.

About Kapoor Galleries
Since 1975, Kapoor Galleries Inc. has played an instrumental role in educating the public about Ancient and Classical Fine Arts of India and the Himalayas and encouraging interest in Indian art among collectors and institutions. Kapoor Galleries Inc. is consistently the privileged custodian of top-quality bronzes, sculptures, miniatures, and thangkas, many of which are now part of the collections of major museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, The San Diego Museum of Art, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

To RSVP: please email us at afsoas1@gmail.com

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Gathering of American Alumni in London
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Gathering of American Alumni in London

All SOAS American alumni & students are invited to join us for drinks at the Marquis Cornwallis (near campus at the Brunswick Centre) to learn more about AFSOAS, get to know our current President (Greg Buie) and Vice President (Bharti Kansara), and hear details of our first-ever AFSOAS alumni trip to Ghana scheduled for January 2019!

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San Francisco: "After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art" @ Museum of African Diaspora
Aug
12
12:00 PM12:00

San Francisco: "After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art" @ Museum of African Diaspora

Do you like fashion? Did you study politics at SOAS? Were you ever affiliated with any boycott, divestment, or sanctions movement? What do these three topics have in common? Join us for the first time as we explore the answer at the Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD) in an exhibit titled "After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art". Following the exhibit join us for lunch at Amawele's South African Kitchen.

The exhibit titled "After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art" features fourteen artists who read the political climate of post-apartheid South Africa through fashion’s embrace of the “new.” Signalling an end to race-based legislation and the often violent, discriminatory practices of apartheid and its colonial antecedents, Nelson Mandela’s victory in the 1994 elections marked the transition toward a new South Africa.

This will be a great opportunity to meet other alumni in the area and hear news from SOAS. We try to host a few events throughout the year. This is a very casual event focused on reaching out to new alumni as well as our wonderful alumni base to make new friendships and renew existing ties.

Please register for this event HERE.

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An Evening with Alumni in Addis Ababa
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

An Evening with Alumni in Addis Ababa

One of AFSOAS's priorities this year is to forge stronger relations with students & alumni from across Africa, so that we can learn from & support each other and create bonds between SOAS alumni here in North America with our counterparts in countries throughout Africa.

We are thrilled to announce we will be hosting an alumni gathering in Addis Ababa on the evening of Wednesday, August 8th at The Vault Lounge. Please join us for a drink, networking, and conversation with fellow alumni & friends. We will also be sharing plans for our upcoming alumni trip to Ghana in early 2019.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Los Angeles: "Silk, Slaves, and Stupas: The Many Pasts of China’s Future in Central Asia"
May
15
7:30 PM19:30

Los Angeles: "Silk, Slaves, and Stupas: The Many Pasts of China’s Future in Central Asia"

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In her new book, "Silk, Slaves and Stupas: Material Culture of the Silk Road," scholar and traveler Susan Whitfield (a SOAS alumna) tells the stories of 10 very different objects. She considers their interactions with the peoples and cultures of the Silk Road—those who made, carried, received, sold, worshipped, and, in more recent times, bought, conserved, collected, and exhibited them—thereby revealing the cultural diversity and interaction along these trading routes of Afro-Eurasia. UCLA distinguished professor Peter Sellars joins Whitfield in conversation.

Book signing to follow.

This event is free to attend!

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San Francisco: SOAS-Cambridge Mixer
May
15
6:30 PM18:30

San Francisco: SOAS-Cambridge Mixer

You are invited to join Alumni Ambassador Bharti Kansara (PhD South Asian Studies) and other alumni in San Francisco for an informal SOAS-Cambridge mixer. This will be a great opportunity to meet other alumni in the area and hear news from SOAS and other UK universities.

Get your tickets / RSVP here: https://www.soasworld.org/soas-cambridge-may-mixer

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CISD Mini-Lecture & Alumni Mixer (Washington, DC)
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

CISD Mini-Lecture & Alumni Mixer (Washington, DC)

Calling all Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) alumni -- please join visiting SOAS staff and fellow CISD alumni for a mini-lecture by Dr. Ashley Cox (Convenor - History and Future of the United Nations), followed by a reception at the beautiful W Hotel overlooking the White House.

Please RSVP by clicking HERE

 

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Bay Area: Dinner w/ Dr. Ashley Cox
Apr
7
5:00 PM17:00

Bay Area: Dinner w/ Dr. Ashley Cox

We are delighted to invite you to a special dinner with SOAS' Dr Ashley Cox (Centre of International Studies and Diplomacy). The evening will be a chance to hear about his work and research, and hopefully prompt a stimulating debate over good food, and with great company.

This is a great opportunity to connect with SOAS alumni in San Francisco and meet Dr. Ashley Cox. We look forward to welcoming you to the event. Please RSVP by 5pm (PDT) Thursday, April 5th: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-francisco-dinner-with-soas-dr-ashley-cox-7-april-great-china-restaurant-tickets-44803067180

Ashley Cox has completed his PhD at the University of Leicester examining the Wilson motivations for American Conflicts. Having completed an MA in International Security and a Bachelors degree in Contemporary History and a Fulbright Sponsored course In American Studies at New York University.

*Please note that we kindly ask all alumni to cover their own costs

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NYC Alumni Happy Hour & Networking
Mar
26
6:30 PM18:30

NYC Alumni Happy Hour & Networking

Please join AFSOAS President Greg Buie (M.A. International Studies & Diplomacy - 2007) & Vice President Dr. Bharti Kansari (PhD, South Asian Studies - 1975)for a memorable evening of learning and exchange.

We are delighted to have Dr. Tom Grunfeld (M.A. Far East Area Studies - 1973) with us to share his insights on recent current events in China & North Korea.

We will also be sharing some exciting new updates about AFSOAS, including plans for our first-ever "Alumni & Friends Trip," for which we will be heading to...GHANA!

Wine & appetizers will be served.

Tax-deductible donations in any amount for the John Loiello Scholarship and the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (with a focus on Ghana this year) will be gladly accepted.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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