Alumni In-Person Events and Alumni Zoom Events 2021

Invitations will be sent out to the relevant groups a few weeks before the event. However, all alumni can attend any of these events, please email and we will send you details. Please keep checking in as more events will be listed when confirmed.

Sunday 26th September, 2.00pm-4.00pm: Alumni Garden Party - THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED.

You and your guest(s) are invited to this year's Alumni Garden Party to be held in the beautiful Darwin College grounds.  

It will be a great opportunity to enjoy good company, wine, soft drinks, and canapés with fellow Darwinians. Guests will be entertained by a live jazz band and there will be a games section for children including Giant Jenga and Connect 4. We hope to see you on this occasion when we can reunite to celebrate our wonderful alumni community.  Please note that there is limited capacity for this event, if we reach our optimum number, we will operate a waiting list. Also, if the weather is inclement, we may need to move the event inside. We do hope to see you at the Garden Party.

Thursday 30th September, 7.00pm BST: Alumni Zoom Event Series:

Title: 'The evolutionary origins of human society: lessons from the gorillas'

Speaker: Dr Robin Morrison, evolutionary biologist and an expert in gorilla behaviour. She completed her PhD at Darwin College in 2019, receiving awards for her thesis from the Primate Society of Great Britain and the International Society for Human Ethology. She has worked at gorilla field sites across central Africa and is currently based at the Karisoke Research Center, Rwanda. Her work examines the parallels between the social behaviour of humans and other great apes and the evolutionary origins of human sociality.

Talk Synopsis: In 1967, Darwin alumna Dian Fossey founded the Karisoke Research Centre – the world's largest and longest running study on wild gorillas. More than 50 years on, this research continues to shape our understanding of how humans evolved and our position within the natural world. In this talk I will examine some of humanity's defining social characteristics and the parallels we see in our close evolutionary relatives, the gorillas. I will discuss what studying gorillas and other great apes can tell us about the origins of our own society and the risks that we as a species pose to the survival of our closest relatives in the wild.


Saturday 2nd October, 11am: Local Alumni Event

A visit for alumni to the Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green, near Much Hadham in Hertfordshire.

The Darwin College Society will resume its events programme with a visit to the Henry Moore Studios and Gardens at the Henry Moore Foundation. The Foundation displays and preserves the works of Henry Moore, and the artist’s sculptures can be seen across 70 acres of his former grounds.

There will be tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival, before a guided tour of the grounds from 12.00 – 1.00 pm. Numbers are limited to 20 guests.


Thursday 28th October, 7.00pm BST: Alumni Zoom Event Series:

Title: Courageous Conversations: During Lockdown and Beyond 

Speaker: Professor Mark de Rond. Professor of Organisational Ethnography at the Judge Business School and Fellow of Darwin College. His research focuses on: how people solve problems collectively under challenging conditions where there is a premium on collaboration; the explanations people give for why things are as they are and not otherwise; and how, ethnographers, understand, and reconcile the moral ambiguities and consequences of their work.


Friday 5th November 7.00pm-10.00pm: Darwin College Society and Fellowship Reunion Dinner to be held in the Dining Hall as part of Formal Hall. This event is provisional and dependent on restrictions in place at the time.


Previous Alumni Events Series Talks:

Below is a list of talks which have taken place. If you would like a recording of any of these events, please email us on

‘Did Biden's Election Save U.S. Democracy?’ Jennifer Piscopo (Associate Professor, Occidental College)
'Marginalized and Underserved Populations, COVID 19 and Health Inequities.' Anne Andermann (Associate Professor, McGill University)
'The Future of Democratic Policing.' Lawrence Sherman (Emeritus Professor of Criminology, University of Cambridge)
'The Internet of Things: What Everyone Needs to Know.' Scott Shackelford (Associate Professor, Indiana University)  
'Antarctic Tourism – its Impacts and Benefits.' David Macdonald (Emeritus Professor, University of Aberdeen)
'Understanding how COVID-19 vaccines work: Challenges and Opportunities.' Ann Ager (Professor, Cardiff University)
'Too Important to be left to Lawyers: Rule of Law for International Development.' Arthur Graham (Head of the Rule of Law and Human Rights Department, OSCE Mission to Serbia)
'The Fork in the Road: Can the US Sharply Reduce its Dependence on Oil and Gas?' Ned Farquhar (Former Deputy Assistant Secretary (land and minerals management), US Department of the Interior)
'Methane Emissions: Wetlands, Gas leaks, Coal, Fires and Cows (and a few hippos, buffalo, and camels)'  Euan Nisbet (Professor Professor of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway and alumnus and Honorary Fellow of Darwin).