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Welcome to the Harkness Alumni News Issue 1 Summer 2018

This is the first in our new on-line newsletters. We hope to keep the alumni network well connected by sending this to you twice a year.

This newsletter comes at the same time as we launch our new website. Please take a look and tell us what you think. A new feature is our Alumni Stories. It has been so interesting to read about the varied careers of Harkness Alumni. To see the stories click here; indeed, send us your story. Thank you to those who shared stories with us.

Along with the website, the newsletter will help Alumni keep in touch and engage in continued learning and debate. We would of course welcome all contributions to the newsletter from Fellows with updates on their activities. These should be sent to If you are reading this on our website and have not heard from the Harkness Fellows Association in recent years, please do get in touch.

All very best wishes to you

Timothy Hornsby
Chair, Harkness Fellows Association

Changing Cities

“Cities need to change direction fast, if we are to satisfy our needs and retain social values” says Nicholas Falk in his feature on smarter urbanisation. The future of cities is a major challenge for many countries and this feature covers work at home and overseas. Sir Terry Farrell in his Annual Lecture presentation highlighted his thoughts about urban design versus urban evolution.

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Climate Change
26th June 2018 6.30 for 7pm
Sir Brian Hoskins

Join us for our next evening talk when Sir Brian Hoskins, an international authority on climate, will reflect on the evidence for climate change, its causes, the contribution made by mankind, the likely consequences and what can, should and is being done about it. The event will take place at the Athenaeum in London.

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Maximising the Harkness Experience

An interview with Jerri Fosdick on her involvement in the 1990s changes to the scheme. The Commonwealth Fund wanted to give mid-career Harkness Fellows the tools to go back home and inspire changes in their professions. Jerri explains some of the features designed into the scheme then to enable Harkness Fellows to maximize both their learning and their impact on their return home.

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Understanding Iran

At our last event, Sir Richard Dalton, British Ambassador to Iran from 2002 to 2006, spoke to Fellows on 14 March 2018 about Iran’s regional policies and the nature of Iran as a state. Ranging widely, he helped his audience understand the many factors that influence Iran’s foreign and defence policies, challenging some common assumptions about this country and its leaders.

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Harkness Fellows Updates

Do send us updates about your roles, career and voluntary activities for inclusion in the future newsletters. Information should be sent to Aoife Dudley. Her email address is