The Antonian E-newsletter

June 2014

In this issue:

St Antony's Telephone Campaign 2014
Antonian Events
Alumni Weekend 2014
Raymond Carr
Oxford Balkan Floods Relief
St Antony's Podcasts
Update your Alumni details - and win!

Dear Antonians,

Many interesting activities and developments took place at College since the December issue of this e-newsletter.

Good results were achieved by St Antony's Telethon Campaign 2014, and we would like to thank you wholeheartedly for your generosity and for taking the time to have such inspiring conversations with our student callers.

The College organised Alumni reunions in the UK and abroad (France, Belgium, United States), which were very well-received. It was a pleasure to meet so many of you and to hear the interesting stories that Antonians always have to share; we look forward to meeting even more Alumni at our Antonian Weekend (20-21 September), organised as part of the 2014 Oxford Alumni Weekend. To book, please visit our event booking page; more information below.

We have plenty planned for next year; whether you want to reunite with old friends, expand your professional network or find out more about events and lectures taking place at College, there will be opportunities to get involved.

Just remember to keep us updated with your address, so that we can send you the newsletter and let you know about Antonian events; you can easily update your details online here.

With best wishes for a relaxing summer

Monica Esposito
Development and Alumni Communications Officer
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St Antony's Telephone Campaign 2014

The St Antony's Telethon Campaign 2014, which took place in March 2014, generated very positive results, with over £89,000 pledged in two weeks. 42% of our Alumni gave a donation, and approximately 80% of them fufilled their pledges. 

Our international team of student callers (Arran Walshe; Bassam Gergi; Christian Heller; Dastan Salehi; Elias Buchetmann; Thomas Shortland; Giovanni Cadioli; Pablo Kerblat; Richard Denham) had conversations with Antonians from all over the world, updating them about news and developments at College, talking about their life and career, and soliciting their support for the Antonian Fund.

Initiatives funded by the Antonian Fund

Thanks to the generous contributions to the Antonian Fund, the College was able to sponsor several projects which wouldn't have been possible otherwise. You can find a list of grant recipients for Trinity Term 2014 on this page.

We are very grateful to all Antonians for their wonderful generosity.

The Telethon Team 2014: From left to right: Thomas Shortland; Elias Buchetmann; Christian Heller; Arran Walshe; Bassam Gergi; Giovanni Cadioli; Richard Denham; Monica Esposito; Pablo Kerblat; Dastan Salehi.

Antonian Events

St Antony's College was delighted to host several Alumni events in the first part of 2014. A wonderful reunion at the British Embassy in Paris, held on 27 January 2014, opened the series of Antonian events for the year. This was followed by drinks receptions at the Oxford and Cambridge Club in London (11 February) and at the Institute of European Studies in Brussels (23 February). St Antony's also took part to the Oxford University North American Reunion, hosting two successful events in New York (11 April) and Washington DC (13 April). The Warden of St Antony’s College, Professor Margaret MacMillan, was in attendance at all events and she discussed her new book, “The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914”, with Antonians and friends. Pictures are available on our Flickr page.

We would like to thank our Liaison Officers for their precious help in organising these memorable occasions; specifically, Roderick Kefferputz (Belgium), Suzy Wahba (New York, who kindly hosted the NY reunion at her house), and Amy Babcock, Jed Weiner and Christopher Rickerd (Washington, DC).

Future events will include:

  • 8 July 2014, 7pm: Informal dinner for Antonians in Colombia: The dinner will take place at the restaurant Daniel Dine & Wine (Calle 73 # 9-70, Second Floor, Queen's Room, Bogotá D.C.). The restaurant will offer a fixed menu that will include an entrée, main dish, dessert and one beverage at a price of $55,000 per person. Each guest must pay its own dinner and any additional consumption additional to the fixed menu. Please confirm your attendance to this email:
  • 20-21 September 2014: the 2014 Alumni Weekend (more information below);
  • 5 November 2014, 5pm: Lecture by Professor Archie Brown (Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Oxford; Emeritus Fellow, St Antony's College) and Antonian reunion at Georgetown University (Washington,DC - details tbc). Professor Brown will give a talk on "What’s so great about strong leaders?" and present his new book "The myth of the strong leader" (Basic Books, 2014).
  • Antonian meetings in Beijing, London, Tokyo and Vienna (details tbc).

Invitations will be sent closer to the date; if you have any questions, please contact

Antonians at the University of Oxford North American Office Event in NY 2014

Alumni Weekend 2014

The biggest Antonian event of the year is approaching, and we hope to see as many of you there as possible! The programme for the 2014 Alumni Weekend is varied and interesting, offering panel lectures, a formal dinner for Antonians and even a guided visit to the Middle East Centre's Softbridge Building. Please find more details below:

Saturday 20 September

4:15pm-5:30pm: Lecture (Dr Eugene Rogan): “The Ottoman Front:  The First World War in the Middle East” (open to all Oxonians)

In the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, most of the focus is on the European fronts.  Yet it was the Ottoman entry into the war that transformed the European conflict into a world war – and the world war that transformed the Ottoman world into the modern Middle East.  Drawing on European and Middle Eastern sources, historian Eugene Rogan provides an overview of the Great War in the Middle East from both sides of the trenches.

7pm: Drinks reception, followed by Dinner (Antonians only)

Sunday 21 September

10am-11:15am: Panel discussion (Dr Michael Willis, Dr Walter Armbrust, Dr Laurent Mignon): “The Future of Islam in politics in the Middle East” (open to all Oxonians)

Political Islam continues to play a key role in the politics of the broader Middle East.  This panel will look at how the issue has evolved in striking and often different ways over recent months in three key countries in the region: Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia by drawing on the expertise and perspectives of three Fellows of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s who have followed closely events in the three states.

1pm: Lunch at College (Antonians only)

2:30pm: Guided visit to Softbridge building (subject to construction progress and health and safety regulations). Open to Middle East Centre Old Members and all Antonians.


To book, please visit our event booking page. Payments for the Dinner (20 September) and Lunch (21 September) can be processed on our University Stores page.

A very limited number of rooms are available to Antonians. Please contact the Accommodation Co-ordinator to check availability.

Raymond Carr: The Curiosity of the Fox

"Every so often the right author meets the right subject and the result is reviewed by the right reviewer. Maria Gonzalez’ biography of Sir Raymond Carr, the second Warden of this College, has rightly received warm praise for its marvellous portrait of a highly intelligent, interesting and charming man. Roger Louis, who has many links with this College including as an honorary fellow, brings special knowledge and insight to his review of the biography. As a leading historian himself, he is particularly well equipped to assess Sir Raymond’s work and his contributions to modern history both as an influential teacher and an expert on the history of Spain and of Latin America.  Professor Louis, who knows Sir Raymond, has also talked to several others of those who have known him over the years.  So the review adds new detail to the life and makes its own contribution to the history of this College.  I am most grateful to Professor Louis and to the English Historical Review, where his review appeared, that we can now send it to our alumni and friends."

The Warden, Margaret MacMillan

You can read Professor Louis's review on this page.

Oxford Balkan Floods Relief

Oxford students, the South Slavic Society, and St Antony's College have launched a fundraising campaign collecting £1,280 to benefit relief action for flooded Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia. A student-run band, The Balkan Wanderers, played live during the launch evening. Students designed and printed t-shirts distributed in return for donations. All money collected will be sent to the Red Cross, which is delivering emergency help in Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia. If you would like to donate, please visit the Oxford Balkan Floods Relief Website.

The Warden with two students at the Oxford Balkan Floods Relief event

St Antony's Podcasts

Dahrendorf Lecture 2014: The Cosmopolitan Outlook: How the European Project can be Saved: Ulrich Beck, University of Munich and LSE, delivers the 2014 Dahrendorf Lecture; Discussants: Kalypso Nicolaïdis ,St Antony’s College, Oxford; Lord David Hannay, Former UK Permanent Representative to the EU and UN; Convenor: Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony’s College, Oxford).

SEESOX Annual Lecture 2014: Reinventing politics: From the local to the regional and beyond (Speaker: Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania).

SEESOX: The past is never dead: Balkan Legacies of the First World War: Speakers include: Ivo Banac (Yale University), Richard Crampton (St Edmund Hall, Oxford), Basil Gounaris (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Margaret Macmillan (St Antony’s College, Oxford), Eugene Rogan (St Antony’s College, Oxford). Convened by Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford), David Madden (St Antony’s College, Oxford), Elizabeth Roberts (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Elliott Lecture 2014: "Ukraine and its Place in the World": Panellists: Mr Aleksander Kwasniewski – former President of Poland; Dr Javier Solana – former NATO Secretary General and EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy; Dr Gwendolyn Sasse, Nuffield College, Oxford. The discussion was moderated by the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten.

Britain Should Not Have Fought in the First World War: Professor Margaret MacMillan (Warden, St Antony's College) on Intelligence Squared, The World of Debate.

 Is the EU Doomed?: Professor Jan Zielonka (Professor of European Politics at St Antony's College, University of Oxford) on ABC Radio Sidney.

African Studies Centre - Podcasts page

Asian Studies Centre - Podcasts page

Latin American Centre - Podcasts page

Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies - Podcasts page

Political Economy of Financial Markets (PEFM) - Podcasts page

Programme on Modern Poland (POMP) - Podcasts page

Update your Alumni details - and win Dr Eugene Rogan's new book

In September 2013, we asked all Alumni to complete the Antonians Update Form on our website. We have given away five copies of the new book written by the Warden, "The War that Ended Peace, The Road to 1914", in a draw amongst all those who replied.

The winners of this competition are:

Mr Richard David Bell (International Relations, 1991)
Mr James Buchanan (Russian & EE Studies, 2006)
Dr Ellen Feingold (Economics and Social Policy, 2006)
Mr John Zahary (Management Studies, 1987)
Dr Ana Maria Otero Cleves (Modern History, 2006).

We are now launching a second competition. If your contact details have changed, please complete the Antonians Update Form. We will give away five signed copies of Dr Eugene Rogan's new book, "The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920" (scheduled for publication in 2015), in a draw amongst all those who reply. The deadline for this new competition will be 31 December 2014. Good luck!

St Antony’s College seeks to maintain a lifelong association with its Antonians. Information on the College’s Alumni database is held securely and confidentially by the Alumni & Development Office for the purpose of effective contact between the College and its Alumni. It will be used by the Development Office for mailing of College publications, the organisation of events and informing you of fundraising initiatives.  St Antony’s College does not sell or give out data to any third party. If another Antonian wants to contact you we require your consent to pass on your contact details (without consent we will, however, offer to forward single pieces of post or e-mail to you). However, Alumni email addresses may be given to recognised Alumni societies (Liaison Officers) associated with St Antony's College, so that they can forward you event and reunion invitations.  The provision of this data is subject to a confidentiality agreement, signed by St Antony’s Liaison Officers. If you would rather not have your email address shared with St Antony’s Liaison Officers, please write an email to