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The Antonian E-newsletter

June 2016

Dear Antonians
This term has been an exceptionally busy one, with many fascinating events and lectures taking place. Noam Chomsky delivered the annual Antonius Lecture for the Middle East Centre; an event so popular the College live-linked the lecture from a packed Nissan Lecture Theatre into an equally full auditorium in the Investcorp Building. 

We also held a number of events for Antonians, most notably in Toronto and in Washington DC, but also in Seoul, Bogota and others. Do be sure to visit the events page on our website to see if one is scheduled near you. 
In this issue:  
We look forward to seeing many of you soon across the world at one of our forthcoming Alumni events. In the meantime, our social networking activities continue to grow. Why not find us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to keep up to date with College news and events as they happen? We are also very excited to be a part of the Oxford Alumni Community - a new networking platform for alumni of Oxford to search for jobs, mentors and fellow alumni. Find our page on the website and start connecting, networking and mentoring. 

David Parker
Development and Alumni Communications Officer

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Upcoming Antonian Events

Antonian Reunion Latin America: 9 September - Lima 
The college is delighted to announce what is hoped to be the largest Antonian reunion in South America to date. A range of speakers, events and activities are being planned; save the dates and invitations to follow. Diego Sánchez Ancochea
 (Director of the Latin American Centre) will be attending and presenting. 

Oxford Alumni Weekend: 16-18 September - Oxford
Meeting Minds: Alumni Weekend in Oxford

The Warden, Margaret MacMillan will be travelling to East Asia after the summer, and there will be a range of events in the following locations: 

- Hong Kong: 27th or 28th September (Date TBA)
- Singapore: 1st October
- Seoul: 3rd or 4th October (Date TBA)
- Japan: 6th October

Details to be announced later in the year. 

Panelists at Washington, DC event (right to left):
Dr Faisal Devji, Prof Margaret MacMillan, Tom Friedman

Antonian Fund Trinity Term Grants

The College is please to announce the awarding of thirteen grants from the Antonian Fund to current members of St Antony's during Trinity Term. Thirteen applicants received funding for projects that look to enhance life at St Antony's and for the creation of new academic initiatives. Grant winners include funding for five seminars and workshops, as well as funding for the Squash Club, the Football Club and the Gardening Society. 

A list of recipients of travel grants will be announced at a later date. 

For a full list of grant winners, please see our webpage here


St Antony's Boat Club 


In this year’s Summer VIIIs competition, SABC achieved unprecedented success with a treble blade winning campaign. The club entered two men’s boats, two women’s boats and a mixed third boat into this year’s regatta and had over 50 rowers and coxes participate as can be seen in the photo below.

All interested parties can find a letter here from the current club president, Paul Brimble, written to former SABC members detailing the club's success. The club has also compiled a selection of videos taken from helmet and prow cameras during Summer VIIIs. This can be found on YouTube here.  

The Club is always keen to reconnect with past members. The SABC website has sections devoted to former rowers. In particular, there is a growing archive of past race photos sent in by former team members. Upcoming events are also being announced on the website, for example the post-Summer VIII's formal dinner.

For more information, please get in touch with the Club President, Paul Brimble or the Club Secretary, Kristofer Hammarback


Rowers from Summer VIIIs 2016

Recent Events


The College hosted a wide variety of guests last term. Particular highlights included the current US Secretary of State, John Kerry, two Nobel Prize Laureates, Professor Noam Chomsky and noted African economist Dr Dambisa Moyo. 

John Kerry was invited to attend lunch at St Antony's, where he met with a delegation of College Fellows and GCR representatives. The discussions over lunch are bound by Chatham House rules, but appear to have been lively and far-reaching. Photos of the event can be found here

Professor Chomsky gave the annual Antonius Lecture to a vast audience in the college. The well-known linguist and philosopher spoke on 'The US, the Middle East, and our collective fate'. 

Dr Moyo returned to St Antony's, having gained her DPhil in Economics here in 2002, to give a lecture on "Global Shifts in Markets, Business and Geopolitics: What It's Going to Take to Be Successful" to a packed lecture theatre. 


Dr Dambisa Moyo with current students


Antonian News

We regularly update our website with news from Antonians. For past news items, please see the page here. If you publish a new book, are appointed to a board or something else newsworthy, please do get in touch with our office and we will share it with the Antonian community. 

Dr Frances Lannon (DPhil History, 1976) was made a Dame of the British Empire during the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to higher education. Dr Lannon stood as Principal for Lady Margaret Hall from 2002 to 2015. 

Dr Anna Yip (DPhil Management Studies) has recently been appointed Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of SmarTon, a leading wireless communications firm in Hong Kong. 

Daisy Hay, a former Alistair Horne Visiting Fellow at St Antony's, has won a Somerset Maugham Award for her latest book Mr and Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance. She worked on the book whilst a visiting fellow at the college. 

Antonian Start-Ups

Oleg Giberstein (MPhil International Relations, 2010) recently co-founded Guidelighter, a peer to peer marketplace for career advice and university applications. Oleg says about the company "We want to make a difference in helping young students and professionals to find their life path and give professionals and students an easy way to give back to the community and gain a second source of income with the possibility to donate to charity." The company is currently accepting sign-ups now, with the hope to launch fully in September after Beta testing in July. 

Esi Gillo (MSc African Studies, 2010) founded with her husband DIFFvelopment, a non-profit which offers creative training and placement programs. These 12/13 week programs are aimed at African-American students who are looking to enter the business world. Participants would spend time learning the fundamentals of consulting and entrepreneurship, before intense seminars with business professors. After this, they will be attached to an independant restaurant where they will provide pro bono consultation.

In the next issue of The Antonian (to be produced in December 2016), the College would like to run a feature detailing other new ventures and start-up companies by Antonians. If either you, or a classmate have done so, please get in touch with


Latest Antonian publications

Thank you to all who have sent in details of their latest publications, the college really does enjoy hearing about your work. For a full list of past publications, please see here.

If you publish and would like the Antonian community to hear about it, please do get in touch with our office and we will make it known.

Latest Antonian Publications:

Ian Goldin (DPhil Sociology, 1984) and Chris Kutarna (DPhil Politics, 2016): 'Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance'

Irena Powell (MLitt, 1967): 'The Daughter Who Sold Her Mother: A Biographical Memoir'

Matthew Eagleton-Pierce (DPhil International Relations, 2009): 'Neoliberalism - The Key Concepts'


Lost Alumni and Updates


St Antony's College tries to keep in touch with as many Antonians as possible, however we occasionally lose contact with some of our Alumni. Here is a "list of the Lost", ordered by year. These are all Antonians for whom we do not have an accurate address on file.

We would be very grateful if you know the whereabouts of anyone on the above list. Please email our Alumni Office with any information.

We would also like to ensure that we have the right contact details for you in the St Antony's Alumni database so we can send you The Antonian newsletter, invitations to events and news and activities from the college.

Please complete the Antonian Update Form on our website.



For the complete series of St Antony's College podcasts, please visit this page. The College was pleased to host a wide variety of external speakers, including two Nobel Laureates. The lectures from both Jose Ramos-Horta and Svetlana Alexievich are available as podcasts online and can be found below.

Timor-Leste, Challenges in Post-Independence: From Dream to Reality given by 
José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Former President of East Timor

"What the experience of Timor-Leste teaches us is that there are no short cuts to peace; peace is a journey that must be reached step by step, a foundation that has to be built block by block. In my country we had to heal the wounds of the body and the heart; we honoured the victims, we are caring for the survivors; and we decided not to be hostage of the past, not to succumb to anger and hatred."

The History of the Russian-Soviet Soul given by Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

Giving the annual Elliott Lecture, Svetlana Alexievich spoke on life during and after the Soviet Union as experienced by individuals. Her books on the subject were formed through a range of interviews to present a wide variety of voices, noted often as being akin to 'documentary novels'. Please note: this lecture was delivered in Russian with a translator present. A video of the lecture can be found on YouTube here

Other podcasts from the College's various centres and programmes can be found at the links below. St Antony's podcasts can be all be found grouped here.  


New Books by Fellows


Many Fellows of the college published this term, a selection of which can be found below. The college periodically announces these as news items on our website.

Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and Disasters
Edited by Adam Roberts, Michael J. Willis, Rory McCarthy and Timothy Garton Ash

Middle East Drugs Bazaar: Production, Prevention and Consumption
Philip Robins

Secular Institutions, Islam and Education Policy and Public Accountability and Health Care Governance: Public Management Reforms Between Austerity and Democracy
Paola Mattei

Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World
Timothy Garton Ash

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