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Reminder - Re-launch event

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Thursday, 17th May 2012 @ 10:31am

Just a reminder about our re-launch event tonight (17/5/2012) - 19.00 at the Oxford Hub.

Chris


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Genocide: What will YOU be?


You are invited to our re-launch event on the 17th May, where we’ll joined by CEO of the Aegis Trust, Dr James Smith, to deliver a talk about the on-going crisis in Sudan fresh from his recent trip to the Nuba Mountains. We’ll also be announcing the exciting new training programmes Aegis will be offering to Oxford students next year.

 

We’ll be offering two programmes:

 

1) A student speaker programme, offering training on public speaking and holding workshops in schools around the country, your chance to educate young people about the dangers of discrimination and divisive ideology

 

2) A student campaigner programme, after training on building a successful advocacy campaign you will have the opportunity to work with other Aegis students across the country to research, build and put in to action a campaign on a national or global issue central to the work of the Aegis Trust.  

 

These programmes are unique opportunity to get real hands on experience in the work of an NGO, so if you’re keen to get involved next year come along to the event to find out more.

 

Date: 17th May (Thursday, Week 4)

Time: 19:00 – 20:00

Venue: Oxford Hub (above the Turl Street Kitchen)

To help us get an idea of numbers please RSVP to this email if you wish to come

Oxford Aegis Re-Launch Event With Dr James Smith

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Thursday, 10th May 2012 @ 10:18pm

Apologies, I forgot to attach the leaflet with the first email.

Chris

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Oxford Aegis Re-Launch Event With Dr James Smith

 

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Genocide: What will YOU be?

 

 

You are invited to our re-launch event on the 17th May, where we’ll joined by CEO of the Aegis Trust, Dr James Smith, to deliver a talk about the on-going crisis in Sudan fresh from his recent trip to the Nuba Mountains. We’ll also be announcing the exciting new training programmes Aegis will be offering to Oxford students next year.

 

We’ll be offering two programmes:

 

1) A student speaker programme, offering training on public speaking and holding workshops in schools around the country, your chance to educate young people about the dangers of discrimination and divisive ideology

 

2) A student campaigner programme, after training on building a successful advocacy campaign you will have the opportunity to work with other Aegis students across the country to research, build and put in to action a campaign on a national or global issue central to the work of the Aegis Trust.  

 

These programmes are unique opportunity to get real hands on experience in the work of an NGO, so if you’re keen to get involved next year come along to the event to find out more.

 

Date: 17th May (Thursday, Week 4)

Time: 19:00 – 20:00

Venue: Oxford Hub (above the Turl Street Kitchen)

To help us get an idea of numbers please RSVP to this email if you wish to come

Oxford Aegis Re-Launch Event With Dr James Smith

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Thursday, 10th May 2012 @ 10:06pm

Oxford Aegis Re-Launch Event With Dr James Smith

 

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Genocide: What will YOU be?

 

 

You are invited to our re-launch event on the 17th May, where we’ll joined by CEO of the Aegis Trust, Dr James Smith, to deliver a talk about the on-going crisis in Sudan fresh from his recent trip to the Nuba Mountains. We’ll also be announcing the exciting new training programmes Aegis will be offering to Oxford students next year.

 

We’ll be offering two programmes:

 

1) A student speaker programme, offering training on public speaking and holding workshops in schools around the country, your chance to educate young people about the dangers of discrimination and divisive ideology

 

2) A student campaigner programme, after training on building a successful advocacy campaign you will have the opportunity to work with other Aegis students across the country to research, build and put in to action a campaign on a national or global issue central to the work of the Aegis Trust.  

 

These programmes are unique opportunity to get real hands on experience in the work of an NGO, so if you’re keen to get involved next year come along to the event to find out more.

 

Date: 17th May (Thursday, Week 4)

Time: 19:00 – 20:00

Venue: Oxford Hub (above the Turl Street Kitchen)

To help us get an idea of numbers please RSVP to this email if you wish to come

 

Mid-term update, Christianity and God; Mukesh Kapila

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Tuesday, 14th February 2012 @ 8:01pm

Hello!

Hope everyone's having a good term so far. Just two things to cover here:

1) OUICCU (Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union) Event - Christianity and Genocide.

Big Issues Week 6 - "God of the Old Testament: a God of genocide?"

Is the Old Testament just a book where God smites and destroys people? How do we reconcile a loving God with a God who commands genocide?

Alex Banfield Hicks will tackle these issues head-on.  Having finally recovered from a double-first in Modern History from Merton College, Alex has spent the last seven years working for Christian charities and giving talks that seek to answer people's honest questions about Christianity.

Friday 1-2pm, Blue Boar House, Blue Boar Street (between High Street and St Aldate's). There will be people in blue T-Shirts to point you in the right direction.

A free lunch will be provided and those with 2pm lectures/tutes will have the chance to leave early. Those sticking around until 2pm will have an audience Q&A session with the speaker.

TALK // FREE LUNCH // CHAT

2) Mukesh Kapila @ the Oxford Union, 25th Feb, 19:30

More info about Mukesh can be found here: 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mukesh-Kapila/143494042329552

Dr. Kapila was born in India and is a citizen of the United Kingdom. He qualified in medicine and public health from the Universities of Oxford and London and is currently Special Adviser to The Aegis Trust, a genocide prevention NGO. He has previously worked in senior positions at a range of international organisations including the International Federation of the Red
Cross, the UN and WHO.

As head of the UN in Sudan during the outbreak of the Darfur crisis, Dr. Kapila will be discussing his attempts to push the international community to action and the humanitarian crisis currently unfolding in the region. 

Venue: Oxford Union
Date: 25th Feb (Saturday, Week 5)
Time: 19:30

This event is being held in association with that most august of institutions, the Oxford Union.


More updates to follow soon!

Chris

 




Holocaust Memorial Service

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Thursday, 26th January 2012 @ 1:01am

A last minute announcement about the Holocaust Memorial Service 2012, which is to take place on Thursday the 26th of January at 18:30 at the Oxford Jewish Synagogue. All are welcome.

On the evening of Thursday 26th January, Oxford JSoc will be honouring Holocaust Memorial Day with a special remembrance service. As Jews - and for some of us, as grandchildren of Holocaust survivors - it is our duty not only to remember but to commemorate the Jews and others who lost their lives during WWII. 

The remembrance service, organized by Eylon Aslan-Levy, promises to honour the memory of those who died in the Holocaust, without neglecting the vivacity of the lives they once led. The service will include members of JSoc participating in the reading of poems and excerpts, as well as in the singing and playing of Jewish songs. 

Please join and help us remember the people who were killed for simply being who they were, and to unite in commitment that such a tragedy shall never be allowed to happen again.

Further details are listed on facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/events/327436963967829/

Hilary Drinks

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Wednesday, 25th January 2012 @ 7:05pm

Dear all,

Hilary Drinks will be held on Friday evening at 6:00 pm at Keble Bar. Due to the fact that a number of committee members are finalists and are committed to their academic work, we are looking to recruit more committee members and to reassess the make-up and function of the society as a whole. The term's events are listed below as follows:

Film Screening of the Last Survivor - Date and time tba
Mukesh Kapil @ The Oxford Union - February 25th (Saturday 6th Week)
Egypt - "The New Iran?" - March 3rd (Saturday 7th Week) - speaker to be confirmed in due course

Hope to see people on Friday!

Chris

CHILD SLAVERY TALK ON THURSDAY 1st WEEK

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Tuesday, 17th January 2012 @ 11:03pm

This may be of interest to all those with an interest in human rights and child/people trafficking. 


JEAN ROBERT CADET – Anti-Child Slavery Activist, Haiti

'A hope for Haiti - The restavek system and the future generations'

 When he was 4 years old, Cadet was made a child servant. He was physically, verbally, sexually and emotionally abused by his masters. He was taken to America and then cast out of his master’s house, when he was 15, left to fend for himself.

 He later attended school and university, married and founded the Jean Robert Cadet Foundation, fighting against contemporary child slavery.

 In 1998, he published his memoirs, Restavec: From Haitian Slave Child to Middle Class American, depicting the lasting physical, psychological and social damage of child slavery.

 He is a former member of the UN Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery. He has collaborated on several documentaries and has testified before the United Nations and the U.S. Congress regarding his experience as a survivor of slavery.

 Interests: human rights, child slavery, Haiti

 DATE: Thursday 19th January 1st week

 TIME: 7:30

 VENUE: Queens College, Lecture Room B

ENTRY: FREE (for members- membership available on the door) £5 (for non-members including wine at the end)

Committee Meeting on Sunday (tomorrow)

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Saturday, 26th November 2011 @ 6:51pm

Hi everyone, just a heads up about our next committee meeting tomorrow on Sunday, we're meeting at 11 a.m. at the Porters' Lodge at Wadham College.

We're going to discuss plans for next term. With that in mind, could everyone attending bring a couple of ideas for ideas for events next terms, be they fundraisers, speaker events or filmscreenings. Also, we're going to be talking about possible future campaigns for next term and the term afterwards.

There will be food as well at the meeting. :)

Yours,

Chris Lee

Reminder - Schindler's List tonight

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Wednesday, 16th November 2011 @ 10:19am

Dear all,

Just a reminder that Magdelen Film Society and Oxford Aegis will be doing a joint screening of Schindler's List tonight (Wednesday) at 7:30 pm at the Magdelen College Theatre. There will be 3 pound entry fee but drinks and nibbles etc will be available. 


Yours,

Chris Lee

Week 5 update

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Tuesday, 8th November 2011 @ 1:01am

Dear all,

Last week's Sudan event was a great success, thanks to the speakers for providing their unique insights into the situation in both North and South Sudan, and everyone who came. All in all, it was a most informative and interesting panel discussion for all involved.

This week sees Aegis at the Oxford Hub Refresher's Fair, which is going to be held in the Oxford Hub on Wednesday of 5th week (i.e. in two days' time) from 5 to 7 pm. Our national student coordinator - Jonny McQuitty - is going to be there at the stall for parts of it but we really need another person/few people willing to help out - anyone interested contact me (christopher.lee@keble.ox.ac.uk).

Apart from that, we are having our next meeting on Sunday of 6th week at 11am at Wadham. Because of the fact that many people are busy all week round I've decided to hold two meetings a week for the last 2-3 weeks; therefore anyone wishing to take part in committee affairs - including current members - should send me an email saying so and I will draw up a doodle to work out the best two slots.

Otherwise, hope all is well. We would like to wish those with 5th week blues/assorted other illnesses - including myself - a quick and speedy recovery and a productive end to the term.

Your President,

Chris Lee

Week 4 Email - South Sudan panel discussion and other events

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Tuesday, 1st November 2011 @ 2:52am

 

Hello everyone!

1)

Wednesday of Week 4

“The Challenges Facing South Sudan” - a panel discussion hosted by Oxford Aegis with the Sudanese Programme and St. Anthony's College

This Wednesday will see Oxford Aegis host “The Challenges Facing South Sudan”in conjunction with the Oxford Sudanese Programme and St. Anthony's College – a panel discussion on the recent independence of the Republic of South Sudan.

The panel discussion will aim to address various issues surrounding South Sudan, including the political, economic and humanitarian situation, as well as the issue of genocide and war crimes in recent years.

Our speakers will be Mr Sanitino Loro, Dr Martin Ettore, Mr Martin Muortat, and Dr Muhammed Jalal Hashim – all Sudanese expatriates currently in the UK – while the discussion will be chaired by Dr. Ahmed Al-Shahi, head of the Sudanese Programme here at Oxford. Through our choice of speakers, we hope to offer a purely Sudanese perspective on the issues at hand from people with personal experience of the turmoil in Sudan and South Sudan over the past few decades.


The event will take place on Wednesday of 4th Week (2/11/2011) from 7:30 – 9:30 in the Saskatchewan Room in Exeter College.


On a related note:


2) OTJR Seminar on Transitional Justice in Thailand

After a successful symposium on justice-seeking following the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran, Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) will continue with the discussion of justice in the aftermath of a political massacre. This week there will be an OTJR seminar and lunchtime roundtable discussion on the responses to the October 1976 massacres at Thammasat University in Bangkok, presented by Thongchai Winichakul, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

At 5 pm this Tuesday in Seminar Room D, Thongchai will give a public seminar entitled, 'The Virtuous Silence? Buddhism and the Unforgetting of the 1976 Massacre in Bangkok'. The abstract is included below:

 

In Thailand, the memory of the 1976 massacre in Bangkok has been limited and evasive. Many survivors and their families have drawn their strength and understanding from Buddhism. This seminar will explore how the Buddhist approach to the past atrocity addresses the issues of justice, forgiveness, and historical truth. It will address the question of whether Buddhism contributes to silence in the short and long term.

3)

And, of course, our next meeting, which will be on Sunday of 6th Week (in a fortnight's time) at Wadham College - we'll be meeting at the Porters Lodge before proceeding to either the bar or the JCR. As before, any new members are always welcome. This meeting will be especially important as we will be discussing our termcard for next term, so if you have any suggestions please let me know - either at the meeting or by email.


Yours,

Chris Lee

The Challenges Facing South Sudan

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Friday, 28th October 2011 @ 12:07pm

The Challenges Facing South Sudan” - a panel discussion hosted by Oxford Aegis with the Sudanese Programme and St. Anthony's College

Next Wednesday will see Oxford Aegis host “The Challenges Facing South Sudan”in conjunction with the Oxford Sudanese Programme and St. Anthony's College – a panel discussion on the recent independence of the Republic of South Sudan.

The panel discussion will aim to address various issues surrounding South Sudan, including the political, economic and humanitarian situation, as well as the issue of genocide and war crimes in recent years.

Our speakers will be Mr Sanitino Loro, Dr Martin Ettore, Mr Martin Muortat, and Dr Muhammed Jalal Hashim – all Sudanese expatriates currently in the UK – while the discussion will be chaired by Dr. Ahmed Al-Shahi, head of the Sudanese Programme here at Oxford. Through our choice of speakers, we hope to offer a purely Sudanese perspective on the issues at hand from people with personal experience of the turmoil in Sudan and South Sudan over the past few decades.

The event will take place on Wednesday of 4th Week (2/11/2011) from 7:30 – 9:30 in the Saskatchewan Room in Exeter College.

Week 3 Update: Street Collection, South Sudan Panel Discussion and more.

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Wednesday, 26th October 2011 @ 7:58pm

Hi everyone,

Firstly, a big well done to everyone to helped out with today's street collection on Cornmarket, we raised over 100 pounds for the Aegis Trust, which was more than we expected. 

Also, Human Rights Watch are co-hosting an event with the Oxford Union this Friday from 8 pm onwards, I have attached a flyer with more details if you're interested, as it ties into what we do at Aegis.

Next week will see us host our biggest event of the term in conjunction with the Oxford Sudanese Programme and St. Anthony's College - a panel discussion titled: The Challenges Faced by the Republic of South Sudan. Our speakers will be Mr Sanitino Loro, Dr Martin Ettore, Mr Martin Muortat, andDr Muhammed Jalal Hashim – all Sudanese expatriates currently in the UK – while the discussion will be chaired by Dr. Ahmed Al-Shahi, head of the Sudanese Programme here at Oxford. Through our choice of speakers, we hope to offer a purely Sudanese perspective on the current situation in Sudan. Further details of the event will be sent out in an email later this week.


This week's committee meeting will be on Sunday at 11 am at Wadham. Anyone is welcome to come along, we're always looking for new people to get involved.


Yours,

Chris

Apologies for last email

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Monday, 24th October 2011 @ 4:43am

Apologies, the last email was only meant to go out to the committee and only applies to committee members.

Yours,

Chris

Re: Sunday meeting and Street Collection

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Sunday, 23rd October 2011 @ 5:03pm

Hi guys,

First and foremost I must say I'm rather disappointed that only two other people turned up to the meeting today at 11 in Wadham. One person did phone me beforehand apart from that there wasn't really any excuse for wasting the time of the people who did turn up.

There is the issue of the street collection on Wednesday, I've generated a Doodle for people to say when they're free.

http://www.doodle.com/2yx5hrzca9x823kg#table

The meeting agenda is attached btw.

Next week's meeting will be on Sunday at the same time and place.

Yours,

Chris

P.S. (To Tom) - Could I have your number please so I can contact you etc. Mine's 07707694492.

Reminder: Carl Wilkens Event

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Friday, 14th October 2011 @ 4:53pm

Just a quick reminder about the Carl Wilkens event tonight, 7:00 pm at the Oxford Hub, 17 Turl Street. Carl will be giving a talk on his personal experiences as an aid worker during the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and hosting a Q & A session afterwards. This will also be an opportunity to learn more about Aegis and how to get involved with us and our work, as well as the Oxford Hub's Fundraising Friday campaign. There will also be a bar at the event.

Carl Wilkens Talk

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Thursday, 13th October 2011 @ 4:53pm

To new members of Oxford Aegis Students' mailing list, Welcome! - and to returning members, Welcome Back!


 

Our first event of Michaelmas term is nearly here. Tomorrow evening, Carl Wilkens, the only American aid worker to stay in Rwanda throughout the 1994 Genocide will be in Oxford to discuss his experiences, including how he, together with two moderate-Hutu brothers, Damas and Jean-Francois Gisimba, were responsible for saving the lives of some 400 moderate Hutu and Tutsi sheltering at the brothers' orphanage in central Kigali.

 

Carl's story, of saving people in the midst of some of the most horrific crimes perpetrated, is both challenging and inspiring; the personal courage and integrity that his actions demonstrated, as well as the moral and ethical issues of negotiating with the very regime that had organised the genocide will be thought provoking.


 

We would love to have you along to hear more about Carl's story; there will be an opportunity for a Q&A session afterwards, and opportunities to find out more about supporting the Aegis Trust's education programs in Rwanda. (Aegis Students' parent organisation)

 

For more information on Carl's story, please see the following links:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12978946

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/21/rwanda-heroes-reunited

 

This event has been organised by Aegis Students, in association with Oxford Hub, and will take place at 16-17 Turl Street, above the Turl Street Kitchen, at 7pm on Friday October 14th. 


 

Thanks,


 

Chris Lee

President

Aegis Students Oxford


 

www.aegisstudents.org

Fundraising Help Needed Tomorrow!!!

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Sunday, 9th October 2011 @ 6:22pm

Giddy-up to raise funds to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity this Monday afternoon!

The Aegis Trust, our parent organisation, is hosting a charity auction at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Monday afternoon, to raise funds for, amongst other things, its projects in Rwanda. Royal Windsor Racecourse has very kindly agreed to let us shake some buckets to raise additional funds from racegoers, and that's where we need some help!

If you can spare Monday afternoon, please come and join us - your travel expenses will be covered, and you'll have the opportunity to meet the Aegis Trust Ambassador, Clive Owen, as well as Carl Wilkens and Jean-Francois Gisimba, who during the Rwandan genocide, were responsible for saving over 400 lives.

Rendezvous will be at Windsor and Eton Central Rail Station at 2.30pm, meaning catching a train at 1pm; the event will be finished at about 6.30-7.00, so you should be back no later than about 8-8.30. 

If you are interested in helping out, please email Jonny, our Aegis Students UK Coordinator at jonny.mcquitty@aegistrust.org

Thanks!

The Aegis Students Team

Welcome Email

E-mail sent by Christopher Lee, Sunday, 9th October 2011 @ 5:29pm

Hi everyone,

Welcome to another year from Oxford Aegis! Hope everyone's had a good summer!

We've got an exciting term lined up - and we're kicking off with a talk from Carl Wilkens, an American aid worker who stayed behind during the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and worked as a negotiator, putting himself at great personal risk to save hundreds of lives. He's coming to give a talk on his personal experiences on Friday of Week 1 (14.10.2011) at the Oxford Hub on 16 Turl Street (above the Turl Street Kitchen), followed by a Q & A session afterwards.

Later on this term, we've got a panel discussion on The Challenges facing South Sudan, planned for Week 4, to take place in Exeter College - further details will be sent out closer to the time. We're also hosting or co-hosting two film screenings - "Schindler's List" in Week 6 and "The Last Survivor" (date and time to be confirmed). All events happening this term are on our Michaelmas termcard, which is attached.

For all our new members, we also have a committee that meets weekly during termtime. Our first meeting will be held on Wednesday of Week 1 (12.10.2011) at 4 pm at Wadham College; we'll be gathering by the Porter's Lodge. Feel free to come along if you're interested in helping out with our various projects this year. 

If you have any questions, please email me at aegis@oxfordhub.org

Chris Lee

President, Oxford Aegis Society

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P.S. We'll be having our welcome dinner hopefully at some point during Week 1, we'll sort out when people are free during our first meeting.

P.P.S. Just a heads-up, but we'll be holding a street collection on Wednesday of Week 3; we're still sorting out exact times and details, and I know it's a long way off, but please let me know if you're interested in helping out!

a request - help the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre!

E-mail sent by Alex Newton, Thursday, 30th June 2011 @ 2:59pm

Dear all,

I'd really appreciate it if you could take the time to go onto facebook and "Like" the page "Raindrops Over Rwanda". It is for a film that details the experiences of Honore Gatera, head guide at the Kigali Genocide Memorial (KGM), in his attempts to promote peace and reconciliation in Rwanda - watch the trailer on the page to find out more. This film will be premiered online for the first time on the 18th July to which you are warmly invited, and if 50000 people "Like" the facebook page by the 18th, then an organisation called the Annenberg Foundation will donate $50000 to the KGM. So all you need to do is click "like" on http://www.facebook.com/exploreRwanda and you will be massively helping the KGM and the Aegis Trust, which helps to run the KGM. For more information, see http://www.facebook.com/exploreRwanda?sk=info and if you have any questions, please get in touch!

Please ask your friends and family to do the same. If each person who likes this page can get five other people to do so, soon we will reach our target!!

Thanks,

Alex


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