Robinson College News
January 2021

What's happening at Robinson and how you can join in

20-year tenure of David Yates
Our Warden, Professor David Yates, retires from his post later this year after 20 years of transformative leadership at Robinson. Those years have seen the College expand and flourish while educating and preparing cohorts of bright, fascinating and motivated people for the next stage in their lives. We warmly invite the Warden’s colleagues, former students, friends and alumni of the College to help us celebrate the achievements of Professor Yates’ term of office, in a series of initiatives this year.  Firstly, we have a live interview with the Warden by Philip Moser QC  on 27 March at 4pm, featuring contributions from some of Professor Yates’ most significant partnerships of the past two decades. Read more about the interview and book you attendance here. Information on further events coming soon! 
Latest issue of Bin Brook - Focus on the performing arts

The latest issue of Bin Brook should have landed on your doorsteps by now. We hope you enjoy reading about the performing arts in the lives of Robinson students, staff and alumni. You can view the e-version of the Michaelmas 2020 issue here
The Easter 2021 issue will celebrate the 20-year-wardenship tenure of Professor David Yates. In Michaelmas 2021 we will focus on the environment, sustainability and climate change, looking at how Robinsonians engage in the issues affecting all our lives. We would love to hear your stories or suggestions on topics related to the environment, sustainability or climate change. Please email us! 


Calling All Young Composers!
Robinson College Music Society Outreach initiative the New Directions Composition Competition invites young people from all walks of life and backgrounds to create music to open new channels of communication and creative spirit. Whether a song, an instrumental work, hip-hop, ambient piece - the more inventive the more welcome. Submit your work by 2pm on 19 March. Read more here.
Book Bridges
Every library has its own distinct and individual collections. Robinson College library is no exception. Last year the College Librarian Ms Judith Brown embarked on a fascinating year-long-journey of discovery. In the next instalments of the Book Bridges visitations, we get acquainted with the portrait of Lady Mabel Robinson, wife of College founder Sir David Robinson; and we learn about passion for the architecture of Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein and why they remembered their adventure at Grange Road so fondly. You can follow the 52-book journey on the College website and Twitter.
​Not to be missed: interviews with contemporary thinkers
We are excited to announce the second series of interviews with contemporary thinkers. The new series features novelist Amitav Ghosh, civil rights activist Rev Al Sharpton, comedian Lee Camp, investigative journalist Helen Buyniski, US lawyer Prof. Alan Dershowitz, and more. It starts on 24 January at 5pm with @ChaplainSimon. Tune in to watch live here
More about the series:
College Chaplain Rev Dr Simon Perry conducts interviews on the theme of 'Voices from Outside the Window' (as in the 'Overton Window'), with: 
Amitav Ghosh (Novelist) – 31 January
Peter Hitchens (Journalist) – 7 February
Lee Camp (Comedian and TV Presenter) – 14 February
Helen Buyniski (Investigative Journalist) – 21 February
Florence Miller (Robinson Undergraduate) – 28 February
Prof. Louise Westling (Eco-criticism Specialist) – 7 March
Prof. Alan Dershowitz (US Lawyer) – 14 March
Chris Elliott (Journalist) – 21 March
Prof. Morna Hooker (Life Fellow, Robinson College) – 28 March
Dante 2021Inferno on BBC Radio 4
This year is 700 years since the death of Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321). Observer and critic of his world, Dante's wisdom, observation and the ability to sift truth from misinformation is timeless and still resonates with us in the 21st century. BBC Radio 4 recently broadcast Dante 2021: Inferno, a journey of discovery through Hell led by three guides, among them a Senior Member of Robinson College, Professor Vittorio Montemaggi (1997, Theology). The programme uses the translation of Inferno by a Life Fellow of Robinson College, Professor Robin Kirkpatrick. You can listen to the series hosted by Katya Adler here.
Boat Club Season Review and Quiz Night
Calvin Preston (2018, Natural Sciences), Men’s Captain 2020-2021, in his opening to the Robinson College Boat Club Newsletter and Season Review of 2019-2020, observes, “This newsletter comes in a time of great uncertainty and anxiety. However, the Boat Club remains committed, as ever, to provide a source of escape from essay deadlines, government policy and general remote learning stress. Despite the restrictions of Michaelmas term, we did take to the water (more than once) and have seen a keen group of Freshers begin their rowing journeys, some of whom I’m sure will take up the reins in coming years.” You can read the newsletter and season review in full here

The first Robinson College Boat Club Quiz Night is coming soon! Unable to meet in person, the Club is organising a Quiz Night for members and current students on Saturday 6 February from 8pm. Form a team and book your tickets for a fun catch-up with your crew, by following this link. Current Robinson students are admitted free. See you on Saturday 6 February at 8pm (BST).

RAFT (Robinson College Alumni Film and Television) Group Launch, Saturday 30 January, 4pm

The launch event of RAFT is happening soon, but it is not too late to book your attendance. Follow this link to register for this live webinar, “Career Paths in the Film & TV Industry: Post-Pandemic Insights”. Konnie Huq, Jonny Persey, Saul Metzstein and Isabella Wing-Davey will talk about their adventures in the world of television and film and share with the live audience their professional journeys and experiences. RAFT has been formed to gather Robinson alumni active in the industry and to provide a focus and a forum for this group to offer their experience and advice for students seeking to follow their lead. If you would like to be on the RAFT mailing list, please email .  

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With very best wishes from all at Robinson,

Sarah, Catherine, Liz, Helen and Norbert
Robinson College Development Office