On Wednesday 5 September, the John Adams Society was delighted to welcome Brexit Minister Lord Callanan for a wide ranging discussion on the current state of Brexit negotiations.
The event, kindly hosted and sponsored by Cicero Group at their City of London offices, was attended by a wide range of JAS members and friends.
JAS Chairman, Richard Stephenson, interviewed Lord Callanan and invited members and guests to put their own questions to the Minister. Having previously served as a Member of the European Parliament for over 15 years, Lord Callanan was well-placed to offer his unique insight into the complexities of the negotiations.
As expected, there were no shortage of questions as Lord Callanan responded to both professional and personal hopes and concerns from the Brexit negotiations. The Minister was asked about the current Brexit situation, the Chequers agreement, and a range of sector specific issues were raised.
The John Adams Society is organising a number of Brexit related events in the months ahead, and we expect spaces to continue selling out quickly, so do keep an eye out for announcements.
If you have any suggestions or requests for a JAS event or series, then please get in touch with the JAS team below- we always welcome input.
A select group of JAS members visited the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre last night to watch a production of the ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. It was a very colourful, energetic and high-octane performance that was much enjoyed by all those present.
Joe Dilger, JAS Vice Chair, who organised the trip said, “This was a great performance and I was delighted to organise for a small group of JAS members to enjoy the production together. We are keen to organise a more diverse events programme in the months and years ahead and if any members have ideas about what you would like us to arrange, we would love to hear from you.”
The production runs until 22 September 2018 and more information can be found here : https://openairtheatre.com/production/little-shop-of-horrors
This morning, JAS hosted one of its 'breakfast briefing' sessions with the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP.
Kindly hosted by Newgate Communications, Nicky spoke to about 50 JAS members and guests and covered a wide range of issues.
We are now planning more in our Brexit series.
The John Adams Society was delighted to welcome Cabinet Minister, James Brokenshire MP, to deliver the 2017 Annual Lecture on the 2nd of November.
Mr Brokenshire, currently Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, addressed about 150 JAS members in the auditorium of the Embassy of United States in Grosvenor Square - one of the very last events to be held at the Embassy before the Mission moves to Battersea in early 2018.
The Minister spoke about his role in Northern Ireland and his passion for his work. He spoke about the deep links between Northern Ireland and the United States and welcomed the opportunity to speak to JAS and promote the special relationship which is just as relevant today as it ever has been.
Following the lecture, Mr Brokenshire took questions from members on a wide range of diverse topics including the future of the NI government, Brexit and equality.
A drinks reception was held after the event where members continued to network and enjoy the evening.
Nick Clegg delivers the 2016 JAS Annual Lecture
The JAS Annual Lecture took place on Tuesday 15 November 2016 at the US Embassy. Former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg MP, delivered a passionate and inspiring address to a full-house in the Embassy auditorium.
Ambassador Barzun introduces Nick Clegg
Ambassador Barzun and JAS Chairman, Richard Stephenson, welcome Nick Clegg to the US Embassy
A Message from Sir Kim Darroch, HM Ambassador to the United States of America
I am delighted to support the John Adams Society. I have had the privilege of speaking to the Society twice, and meeting many of its members. So I have seen at first-hand their passion, energy and enthusiasm for the Special Relationship.They radiate ideas and committment; we are lucky to have them; and I am proud to consider myself a friend of the Society.
In my position as British Ambassador to the United States, I see every day the value of bodies like the Society. Both of our nations need the free thinkers, the cultural exchanges, the better understanding of each others’ histories and the challenges we face. The John Adams Society exemplifies the historic alliance between the UK and the US, and the ties that bind us. In this turbulent world its work and values are more important now than ever.
Sir Kim Darroch, HMA Washington, July 2016
JAS Member Nick Way received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to the conservation of the UK’s Architectural Heritage.
Commenting on the honour, Nick said, “I was amazed, but thrilled, to be awarded this honour. It is a recognition for the work of the Historic Houses Association (HHA) and also for the Heritage Alliance, which represents and supports 100 heritage organisations in England, and with which I was involved for ten years. I stepped down from my role as Director General in November and am now pursuing a number of voluntary roles, one of which combines my experience in heritage with my links with the USA. As a new Trustee of Sulgrave Manor in Northamptonshire I am delighted to help foster Anglo-American partnerships. Sulgrave was the home to successive generations of the Washington family before they emigrated to Virginia in the 1650s. The Manor is owned and managed by an Anglo-American foundation, encourages British and American visitors, arranges events and possesses important Washington archives and memorabilia, given by generous American donors since the foundation was established in 1914 – to celebrate 100 years of continuous peace between the UK and the US.”
JAS Chairman, Richard Stephenson, said, “We were delighted to hear this news and warmly congratulate Nick on his very well-deserved honour. Nick has carried out important work over many years and his knowledge and work in the area of Anglo-American relations, history and partnerships is just the kind of thing we at JAS will want to know more about in the future. Congratulations, Nick.”
The French Fulbright Alumni Association, with the support of the US Embassy in France, the Franco-American Fulbright Commission, the Youth Ambassadors Alumni Association, and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), would like to invite all U.S. government-exchange alumni to an international Fulbright conference in Paris on the weekend of November 19-21, 2015.
Join Fulbright alumni, U.S. government-exchange alumni and European Network of American Alumni Associations members at the hotel de Talleyrand in Paris to discuss the impact of climate change on water resources. Expert panels will explore the mechanisms of mitigation and adaptation necessary to limit the impact of climate change on the well-being and livelihood of societies.
Early registration before July 15th 2015 is strongly encouraged, but France Fulbright Alumni will accept registration until September 30th. Attendance is free. Register by sending an email to email@example.com with the information requested in the attached document (personal information, exchange program and alumni association details, contact information and motivation).
Please note that participants are expected to organise and cover their own travel, lodging and visa expenses.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
JAS committee member Taryn Khanam, is to be awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to diversity in government and the Bengali community in East London.
Taryn, CEO of BritBangla, an association that gives second and third generation Bengali professionals a platform to reflect their views and aspirations, was completely shocked to hear the news.
She said: “It was a lovely surprise to receive a letter form from the Prime Minister’s office. This is a huge honour to be recognised for the work that I do to support the community with the voluntary work I am involved in. I would really like to thank my colleagues who know just how passionate I am about this work and I am looking forward to receiving this honour.”
Taryn’s medal will be awarded during a medal award ceremony and invitation to the Queen’s Garden Tea Party next year.
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