2016 Annual General Meeting Wednesday 6th December 6.30pm
The BGS Annual General Meeting will be held at 6.30pm on the 6th December at the Georgian Embassy.
The AGM will be followed by a talk by Judge Christopher Buckwell. He will give a talk on ‘British Judges in Georgia’, describing a mission he led to Georgia.
Christopher Buckwell is an UK Immigration Judge. He has over 40 years of political experience. In 1997 he contested Sheffield Brightside constituency and currently is an Organising Secretary of Rochester and Strood CCA as well as a writer of a text on European Law. In 2015 he was elected as the President of The Council of Immigration Judges. From 1983 he has been a Local Councillor. For many years Christopher Buckwell was a lecturer in EU Law, Development Studies and human rights.
He is widely experienced in African countries (visited 23) including Sao Tome & Principe and other lusophone countries, Guinea-Bissau, Angola and Cape Verde. In 2013 Judge Buckwell lead a group of 20 Immigration Judges to Georgia and was invited by Georgian Ministry of Justice to lead a team of three consultants the following year. Christopher Buckwell is an experienced musician as a semi-pro saxophonist. As a great supporter of Georgia, he has given a number of pro bono performances as a saxophonist for charity events organised in support of Georgia.
We will also invite H.E. Ambassador Tamar Beruchashvili to say a few words, who has now been in post for the last eight months.
After the talks there will be wine and nibbles, as usual, with an opportunity for networking.
Annual BGS Rustaveli Day 2016: Shakespeare and Rustaveli Meet in London 28 November
Developing University Careers Services in Georgia 15 September 2016
A workshop entitled ‘Developing University Careers Services in Georgia’ will take place on
Thursday 15th September, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens , London W14 8EZ
Led by Paul Hacking, Martin Pennington and Khatuna Tskhadadze the workshop will focus on a two year multinational project to improve students’ employability by developing and implementing career education services in Georgian universities. They will outline the project achievements such as helping students manage their own career management, improving university teachers’ ability to teach career management and developing university links with employers. There will be an opportunity to try out exercises developed to improve students’ understanding of the world of work and learning.
As part of this EU funded project, Paul and Martin are co-authors of two publications: ‘Managing your Career – A Guide for Students’ and ‘Teaching Career Management – A Guide for HEI staff’, now in use in a number of universities across Georgia. Khatuna is Coordinator for the Students Career Development Center at Tbilisi State University and will give an up-to-date picture of the successful outcomes of the project. Paul and Martin were employed by the University of Essex who were working in partnership with the University of Vilnius, Corvinus University in Budapest and a range of Georgian universities.
Architecture of Tbilisi - Photographs by Richard Davies 22 September 2016
ARCHITECTURE OF TBILISI - A FREE EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY RICHARD DAVIES
22nd September 2016, 7pm.
These photos by Richard Davies of the historic architecture of Tbilisi are a selection of those which will illustrate a forthcoming book to be published by SAVE Europe’s Heritage in association with the Tbilisi Heritage Group. Contributors to the book will speak at the launch and give an update on current threats to Tbilisi’s architectural heritage.
BGS 2016 Annual Charity Street Festival hosted by Tamada Restaurant 26 June
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BGS Seminar at Clare College Cambridge 10 June 2016
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Annual BGS Supra at Little Georgia May 4 2016
The presentation at the 2016 BGS Supra will be by Peter Nasmyth and about the proposed National Trust of Georgia. Please note that tickets are available through Eventbrite and need to be obtained in advance. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/annual-bgs-supra-at-the-little-georgia-tickets-23178902722
BGS AGM Monday 15 February 2016
The 2016 British Georgian Society Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 15th February in the Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens W14 8EZ, at 6.30pm. All members will have been emailed the Notice, 2015 Accounts and biographies of the 4 candidates that the board is proposing as new directors. This is an opportunity for members to meet with the directors and candidates Natia Abramia, Maximilian Hess, Bella Radenovic-Tsulukidze and Thomas de Waal. There will also be two very interesting talks by H E Revaz Gachechiladze and Peter Dodge. The ambassador will give a valedictory talk and Peter Dodge will recall the exploits of the Georgian rugby team in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. There will be wine and nibbles to follow.
Remembering Alexander "Alex" Rondeli 7 January 2016
Georgian Embassy at 6.30-8.00pm 7th January 2016 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ
Alex Rondeli (7th January 1942–12th June 2015) was a brilliant, charismatic and inspirational figure whose love and knowledge of Georgia was without equal. A leading political scientist and expert on international affairs, Alex founded the highly respected and influential think tank GFSIS in 1998. As a distinguished orientalist and expert on Iran, a well-known public figure, an important foreign policy adviser to Georgian governments, the first port of call for foreign journalists and politicians and a hugely popular teacher to successive generations of Georgian high-flyers his legacy and impact on Georgia’s developing western orientation through 25 years of independence are immense.
‘I was born on January 7th, during the cold and dramatic winter of 1942. My mother was like Mother Mary because, according to the Orthodox calendar, this is Christmas Day, so she delivered me into this world at a very special moment.
My mother hated Stalin and everything having to do with him. In 1937, during the Great Purge, her parents and brother had been taken away and shot. I had an older brother, but now she thought she might like a daughter and became pregnant.
Then, on 22 June 1941, Hitler attacked. My mother went to see her sister and asked her what to do. "Don't have a baby now," she said. "There's war." But the propagandists claimed that the Soviet army would never have to fight the enemy on its own territory – so she thought the war would not be very serious because the Germans would soon be pushed back. So it is thanks to Stalin's propaganda that I was born!’
The beginning of an interview for ESI September 2008
BGS Annual Rustaveli Talk November 25 2015
FROM SACRED TO SECULAR AND BACK AGAIN: A (VERY) BRIEF HISTORY OF RELIGION IN GEORGIAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
A talk by Nikoloz Aleksidze, Junior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford University, and a Research Associate with the History Faculty.
25th November 2015 at 18.30 Royal Asiatic Society 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD
These events have already taken place.