John McCall MacBain (Law, 1980) and George Davitt (Worcester College), generously hosted our event in Boston, where the Warden, Ken Macdonald QC, spoke with over 40 alumni and friends of the College who had braved an unseasonal blizzard to join us at the elegant Somerset Club, founded in the early 19th century. Guests ranged from those who had only left College the previous year, to those who had matriculated in the 1960s. We are very grateful to John and George for their kindness and generosity inviting Wadham alumni to their club.
In New York City, the College jointly celebrated Wadham’s 30 year partnership with Sarah Lawrence College, at a drinks reception generously hosted by Paul Beresford-Hill MBE (Education, 1972), at the English Speaking Union Club, where Paul is Chairman. Over 80 alumni, and the current group of Wadham students visiting New York on the Sarah Lawrence Programme, were welcomed by the Warden and Jerrilynn Dodds, Dean at SLC. The Wadham Chapel Choir gave a spirited performance, which stirred many fond memories for guests, who reminisced about singing in the choir at Wadham themselves, participating in student societies, and the distinctive gowns that students wear.
Wadham’s final event was a lively discussion of the US elections at Politics and Prose bookshop in Washington DC, generously hosted by Lissa Muscatine (Politics, 1977) and Bradley Graham. Breaking down results to date, and the policy and rhetoric of each of the remaining candidates, Lissa gave a thoughtful analysis of the political climate, in conversation with the Warden. Prompted to provide a little crystal-ball gazing, Lissa ventured that she would predict Hillary Clinton to win the primary with a good lead, and go on to win the Presidential elections against an uncertain Republican candidate.
One tour highlight in Washington DC, was a performance by the Chapel choir at a gala dinner held by the University of Oxford at the Library of Congress. This impressive event was attended by over 400 Oxford alumni.