Wadham’s US tour

26th April 2016

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This April Wadham welcomed North American alumni to a series of receptions held along the East Coast of the United States, culminating in Washington DC.

  • Host, George Davitt (left), with guests in Boston

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.

  • Our host Paul Beresford-Hill welcomes Wadham alumni in New York

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.

  • The imposing Library of Congress in Wadhington DC where the Chapel Choir performed before the University of Oxford Chancellor and Vice Chancellor

  • Photo: Z. Miller Photography

  • Photo: Z. Miller Photography

  • Photo: Z. Miller Photography

  • Photo: Z. Miller Photography

  • Photo: Z. Miller Photography

  • Lissa Muscatine with the Warden at Politics and Prose

    Lissa Muscatine with the Warden at Politics and Prose

  • The Chapel Choir performs at Politics and Prose