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Winter 2012 Newsletter - BAEF

Winter 2012 Newsletter - BAEF

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BAEF ALUMNIIN THE USNEWSLETTERWINTER 2012
WORD FROM THE COMMITTEE CHAIRUPCOMING EVENTSANNUAL WELCOME RECEPTION IN NYLOCAL BAEF ALUMNI EVENTS ACROSSTHE COUNTRYCONNECT WITH YOUR LOCAL BAEFNETWORKNEWS FROM BELGIUMCONNECT!SEND FEEDBACK AND JOIN THECOMMITTEE!
Fellows and signicant othersat Fellows’ Brunch in NYCThe BAEF Alumni Committee in the U.S. is delighted to wish everyonea fantastic 2012! We hope you enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing holidayseason.Our Newsletter’s third edition features, yet again, the vitality of theBAEF family in the US and in Belgium. 2011 was a year full of con-nections. During the lively Welcome Reception at the Consul General’sresidence in New York City and through our countrywide Host Pro-gram, fellows are welcomed by a growing number of alumni from allgenerations. In all corners of the United States, our gatherings cele-brate a vibrant community of academics, professionals, scientists andentrepreneurs.And there is more to come this year! In New York City, we will organizea visit at the Rubin Museum, a renowned sanctuary for Himalayan art,on March 18. Across the country, local alumni cells are also enthusias-tically planning new activities to strengthen the ties of our communityand the friendships that underpins it.Please check out our upcoming events and connect with the alumnicommittee on Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/793qmhs) and with theBAEF on LinkedIn (http://tinyurl.com/7gfh3xm). We look forward togetting to know you or seeing you again over the course of this year.Jean Malpas, committee chair
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS
BAEF @ THE RUBIN IN NEW YORK
On Sunday, March 18 we are planning a visit to theRubin Museum of Art for fellows and alumni in the NewYork City area. Please save the date! We will keep youposted as soon as we conrm the time.Located in the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan,the Rubin Museum is a cultural and educational institu-tion dedicated to the art of the Himalayas. The artisticheritage of this vast and culturally varied area of theworld remains relatively obscure. Through changingexhibitions and an array of engaging public programs,the museum offers opportunities to explore the artisticlegacy of the Himalayan region and to appreciate itsplace in the context of world cultures.After an introduction by the Chief Curator Jan Van Al-phen, we will have the opportunity to visit the museum’spermanent collection and special exhibitions on view.
The Rubin Museum of Art, as described by New York Magazine:
The Buddha works in mysterious ways. At the behest of energetic Jewish couple Shelley and Donald Rubin, theEnlightened One has symbolically claimed the formerBarneys emporium in Chelsea, once the downtown cen-ter of hothouse fashion, and transformed Mammon intoa temple of Himalayan art. The Rubin opened in October2004 and houses about 2000 works in 25,000 squarefeet of exhibition space, with a central six-story spiralstaircase. Though he admires scholarship, Donald Rubindoes not want his museum to become forbiddingly aca-demic. He emphasizes the living quality of Buddhist art,its ability, he says, to stimulate an “emotional rush” inviewers. The oor-wide exhibitions around the staircaseare therefore organized by theme rather than by par-ticular time or place. Rubin himself, who lost much of hisfamily in the Holocaust and continues to be troubled bythe eruptive violence in the human heart, takes a spe-cial interest in the demonic strains of Buddhist art: thenightmarish imagery represents a Buddhist’s determina-tion to confront internal demon’s — and tame them. Thesix-story spiral staircase, originally designed by AndreePutman for the Barneys that previously inhabited thebuilding, now suggests cycles, transcendence, and therippling forms of Buddhist art.For more information about the Rubin Museum, go tohttp://www.rmanyc.org/
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
The local cell in Southern California is planning to orga-nize an event in the Los Angeles area. If you would liketo help with the event, don’t hesitate to contact Lorenzode Lichtervelde at ldelicht@scripps.edu.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SKI TRIP AND REGULAR MEETINGS
Due to the success of the ski trip last year, Belgica isplanning another ski weekend to one of the resortsaround North Lake Tahoe, CA. Anyone interested in join-Artwork and monumental staircase atthe Rubin Museum of Art in NYCing can contact Stephanie Dupont at sdupont@stanford.edu or 650 868 8644.Separately, every other week, a Belgica lunch is orga-nized on the Stanford Campus.There is also an active Facebook page on which all the “Belgica” activities are posted, in addition to a website:http://www.stanford.edu/group/belgica/
BOSTON ACTIVITIES
In the near future, the Boston chapter is planning a joint social event with the Belgian American Society of New England (BASNE) and other events to introduce theBoston Belgians to favorite American pastimes, includ-ing sports games!
 
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On October 14, 2011, Ambassador Herman Portocareroand Mrs. Portocarero hosted this year’s welcome recep-tion for the BAEF Boat of 2011 at the Consul-General’sresidence on Fifth Avenue. More than 100 people at-tended, including most of the region’s fellows and manyBAEF alumni. Prof. Emile Boulpaep and several BAEFboard members joined the event. In addition to theBAEF community, Ambassador Portocarero also invitedother members of the vibrant Belgian community in NewYork to help improve the connectivity with the newly-arrived BAEF fellows.In his introductory remarks, Ambassador Portocarerolauded the BAEF’s “long and splendid track record as abridge between Belgian and US universities” and com-mitted to helping “add a closer interaction with Belgium’seconomic operators”. Jean Malpas (Boat of 2000), as thechair of the BAEF U.S. Alumni Committee, welcomed theBAEF Boat of 2011 and thanked the Consul-General andhis great team for hosting the event. As the captain of the Boat of 2011, Maite Forrez introduced the new fel-lows and encouraged them to stay connected with thegrowing BAEF family.The guests mingled and stayed late, enjoying the velvetatmosphere, as well as the opportunity to meet newpeople and catch up with old friends.
ANNUAL WELCOME RECEPTIONIN NEW YORK
Ambassador Portocarerowith Maite Forrez (BAEFFellow 2011)Prof. Boulpaep (BAEF Fellow 1964) with Laura De Winter (BAEFFellow 2011) and Stefe De Backer (BAEF Fellow 2011)Pieter-Augustijn Van Malleghem (BAEF Fellow 2011), a guest andChloe Vander Velpen (BAEF Fellow 2011)Prof. Boulpaep (BAEF Fellow 1964) with Yolande Daeninck (BAEFFellow 2003), Maite Forrez (BAEF Fellow 2011) and Jean Malpas(BAEF Fellow 2000)

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