2011 Epsom College Oxford Dinner held at Balliol College

The 2011 Epsom College Oxford Dinner was held at Balliol College on 19 November.

Honorary Secretary, Mr Jeremy Gould (Propert 1972-77), set an especially warm and welcoming tone throughout the evening and paid tribute to his special guest, his former Propert Housemaster, Mr Michael Squibbs. Also in attendance was Chairman of Governors, Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen (Fayrer 1965-70), who gave a brief update on Epsom College and thanked guests for their generous support and interest in the College.

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb Lawhead (White 1995-97), who recently joined the New College of the Humanities (NCH) as Subject Area Convenor, History, gave the after-dinner speech. She spoke about the importance the humanities in English society and culture at an especially challenging time of university fee increases and cuts in government spending. She also spoke of her personal decision to join NCH, "It is enormously exciting to be a founding member, to be there at the very beginning."

She concluded her speech with a moving quote from Teddy Roosevelt, which perhaps sums up her beliefs, as well as those listening, "The credit belongs to those people who are actually in the arena…who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions to a worthy cause; who, at best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst fail while daring greatly, so their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

Prior to the dinner, guests were invited to join tours of the Ashmolean Museum. The first tour included highlights of the museum\’s collection, while the second focused on Italian Renaissance paintings. The Education Trust looks forward to hosting the next Epsom College Oxford Dinner in 2013.

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