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Alumni and friends attend inaugural lecture

Baroness AmosAlumni and friends of Warwick attended the inaugural David VandeLinde lecture given by Baroness Amos (BA Sociology 1973-76) in New York City at the beginning of November.

The lecture, entitled ‘The Billion Dollar Crises: Making Aid Global in an Evolving World’ focused on the problems encountered today when distributing aid around the world as the number of people in need of international aid keeps growing exponentially. In 2010, the United Nations distributed aid to 42 million people and this year, up to September 2011, 57 million have already been helped.

Baroness Amos, currently the UN Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator, explored the relationship of governments and the UN and possible ways to refresh the framework that manages international aid.

The David VandeLinde Lecture, named after our Vice-Chancellor Emeritus USA, was held at the offices of BBC Worldwide in New York and was attended by Warwick alumni, US academics, IGGY Commissioners and friends of Warwick.

Warwick's links with the United States

  • Benefactors was one of Warwick’s first campus residences, built specifically to foster exchanges between US and British students. It was financed by Helen Martin, a local resident with family and business connections in the USA, whose donations still support student exchanges between Warwick and a group of prestigious US universities.
  • President Bill Clinton made the last major overseas speech of his presidency at Warwick in December 2000.
  • With core strengths in applied engineering and a long history of successful relationships with business, Warwick is delighted to be in a consortium led by New York University, to bid for a brand new university campus in New York, centred on technology and urban sciences. We welcome the opportunity to make an impact on the economic development of New York city and to interact with businesses there.
  • Warwick Arts Centre – one of the largest and most innovative arts centres in the UK – was modelled on the Hopkins Centre at Dartmouth College. Lord Butterworth, Warwick’s first Vice-Chancellor, visited the Hopkins Centre in 1964 and brought the idea back to Warwick.
  • Warwick’s Centre for the Study of the Renaissance has an innovative partnership of research collaboration and postgraduate training with the Centre for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library of Chicago. The latest project, ‘Renaissance and Early Modern Communities in a Transatlantic Perspective’ is funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.