Alumni diary

As you will remember from your time as a Member there is always a wealth of activity going on at the College. Below you can find listed some of the upcoming events that are also open to Alumni, giving you the perfect reason to spend some time with us in person or virtually.

There are plenty of interesting and fun events coming up to which Alumni are most welcome to attend. If you live in or near London or are planning a visit to the Capital over the coming months please check out Goodenough Global or this Alumni diary page for the latest information on what’s on.

We are also delighted to announce a week-long celebration of our amazing Alumni community taking place next Summer 2024 including a second trip to the Burn (30 June – 3 July) and the Annual Summer Party on 5 July.  More details to follow on these and other events taking place.


Port Talk of Goodenough Past with Poetry
The Churchill Room, Thursday 16 May 2024, 8pm – 9pm
What was Goodenough College like in the 1960’s?
Join Alum John Walker-Smith for this unique and reflective Port Talk, starting with reminiscences of his time at London House between 1962-64 whilst working as a house physician at Hammersmith and Brompton Hospitals and based on letters written to his parents back home in Syndey at the time. This will be followed by a poetry reading from his recently published book “HOPE BEAUTY and FRIENDSHIP” – with themes about loss and the aftermath of loss, and hope.
Register to attend here

Ariana Kim and Michael Poll in concert
Twickenham, Friday 10 May 2024, 7pm
Classical guitarist and GC Alum Michael Poll has teamed up with American violinist and Grammy nominated artist Ariana Kim and will be performing at The Exchange in Twickenham, London.
Embark on a musical flight with a programme that soars through time and traverses the emotional spectrum including Bach’s Partita No. 3 for Solo Violin, Paganini’s Sonata Concertata in A Major and Astor Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango. This is an external event. Tickets can be purchased here

Book launch: Author Genevieve Scott’s new novel, The Damages
Saturday 11 May 2024, 3-4pm
Goodenough is hosting an afternoon with Alum Genevieve Scott to celebrate her new novel, The Damages. Join us in Freddie’s for a short reading by the author, followed by an opportunity for Q&A’s and a chance to buy a signed copy of her book. Register to attend here

The right to protest: a Cumberland Lodge London Dialogue
Tuesday 14 May 2024, 6:30-8:30pm
Join us for a conversation about our right to protest, and its evolving role in shaping a better future.
A panel of research, student and activist voices including Dr Daniella Lock (University of Oxford), Jodie Beck (Liberty), Robert Beckley QPM (former Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police), and Taylor Borowetz (Goodenough College/SOAS), chaired by The Rt Hon the Baroness Usha Prashar, will debate the new dynamics of protest, and the impact of new government legislation.
We have a limited number of tickets available to Alumni.  Register to attend here

PORT TALK: Music and the mind? by Dr Lauren Stuart
Wednesday 15 May, 8 – 9pm
How can music heal us? Why are some tunes so catchy? What impact does music have on our language development? To find out the answers, come along to this talk by Lauren Stuart, Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths. Register to attend here

PORT TALK: Goodenough past with poetry
Wednesday 16 May, 8-9pm
Join Alum John Walker-Smith for this unique and reflective Port Talk, starting with reminiscences of his time at London House between 1962-64 whilst working as a house physician at Hammersmith and Brompton Hospitals. The talk is based on letters written to his parents back home in Sydney at the time. This will be followed by a poetry reading from his recently published book Hope, Beauty and Friendship. Register to attend here

Formal Hall dinners
23 May and 20 June
Enjoy dining by candlelight in the Great Hall with friends and current Members of the College. You can bring up to three guests along, so friends and family can share the experience with you. Tickets cost just £37 (including VAT and a small external processing fee) per person and include two courses and coffee. A bar service will be available throughout the evening with drinks charged at College prices.
Thursday 23 May, 6:15 pm – register to attend here
Thursday 20 June, 6:15 pm – register to attend here

PORT TALK: On the life and work of Sor Juana
Wednesday 29 May, 8-9pm
Dr Alice Brooke of Merton College Oxford is a specialist in the literature and culture of colonial Mexico (New Spain) and will talk about the remarkable life and works of the Mexican nun and polymath Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695), who is often referred to as “the first feminist of America” due to her sharp and witty criticism of the sexism of her age.
Register to attend here 



Goodenough Summer Ball
Saturday 15 June, 7 till late
Alumni are welcome to attend the last hurrah of the academic year, the Goodenough Summer Ball! Good company, complimentary drink, entertainment, treats. Black tie.
Tickets cost £25. Buy tickets here.

Dinner at Ciao!
4 July 2024, from 7.00pm
Take a trip down memory lane and join us for a fun dinner at one of Goodenough’s favourite haunt Ciao Bella.
A local stalwart, the ever popular Ciao Bella restuarant started in 1983 and many of our Alumni will have very fond memories of eating there. It remains almost unchanged, serving delicious Italian food and showing its customers what ‘La Dolce Vita’ is really all about.
The meal will be pay as you go but we require a £15 deposit to reserve your place. This will be be taken off your bill on the night. (A 50p non- deductable processing fee will also be applied).
Spaces are limited, so early booking is advised.
Register to attend here

A special three-night trip to The Burn in Scotland
30 June – 3 July
Once again we are offering a fabulous three-night trip at our Scottish retreat, exclusively for Goodenough Alumni and their family and friends.
The Burn is a historic mansion house owned by the College and set in acres of rolling countryside in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland.  If you didn’t visit there when you were at the College, now is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a three-night stay.  The trip includes accommodation, delicious food (full board) daily excursions and a Scottish-themed evening, complete with ceilidh band!  There will also be a guest Fellow of the College joining us. Offering a unique blend of home comforts and an idyllic location, The Burn is a magical place to recharge and enjoy Scottish hospitality in the company of your fellow Alumni. The complete Alumni Burn Experience costs £470 pp and numbers are limited.
Click here for full details – THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. If you are interested in being added to the WAITING LIST please contact 

Goodenough Annual Summer Party 2024
Friday 5 July, 6.30pm
Save the date! Our annual drinks party is coming up in July. join us in the London House Quad for a fabulous summer social of drinks, canapes and great company!
Register your interest here


For more details on these events and to book tickets visit Goodenough Global


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Missed an event?

Did you miss some of our online Alumni talks?  You can still watch Christian Busch discuss Serendipity with Director Alice Walpole; John Snelson explore Opera, Crowds and the College; and Jennifer Faust and current Member Margaret Sui talk about business, community and leading a purpose driven life. Exclusively available on Goodenough Global.

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