'Whatever did the Iranians do for Georgia', lecture by Donald Rayfield on 18th April
Members of the British Georgian Society are invited to a lecture by Professor Donald Rayfield on the subject Whatever did the Iranians do for Georgia?
Georgians made many important contributions to Iran, particularly under Shah Abbas I, as military men, provincial governors and builders. Allahverdi Khan Undiladze, who built the eponymous bridge over the Zayandeh Rud in Isfahan, was a Georgian. In Georgia, however, wherever one looks at a ruined church one is told that it was destroyed by Shah Abbas. Did Iran contribute nothing to Georgia other than ruin and destruction?
Professor Rayfield is Emeritus Professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary University of London. He has written many books about Russian and Georgian history and literature. He has translated Georgian poets and prose writers into English and is also the author of the Georgian-English dictionary. He is much in demand as a lively and entertaining lecturer on Georgian history and literature.
The lecture will be held on 18th April at 7pm on Tuesday 18th April at the Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall, at 36 Pall Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y, UK. Doors will open at 6.30 for guests to meet and have a drink at the cash bar before the lecture.
For more information about the lecture, please see here.
Georgia On Two Wheels - illustrated talk by Steve Gregson 25 January 2017
Follow two BGS members, Steve & Anni Gregson, as they tour Georgia by bicycle. Firstly Iveria to the east in order to acclimatise and taste the wine. Secondly up the Georgian Military Highway. Then a successful ascent of the Didgori Pass followed by a more leisurely couple of weeks cycling in the Lesser Caucasus, visiting the Vardzia caves, classy Borjomi, the nearby Bakuriani ski resort and finally Gori, Stalin's birthplace. "Cycle touring is a very stress-free way to travel, all you have to do is pedal, the rest is easy."
The talk, which will illustrate the gastronomic welcome in Georgia, will be followed by some Georgian wine, on what is after all Burns Night!
6.30pm Wednesday 25th January Georgian Embassy
'The First Georgian Republic 1918-21’ talk by Eric Lee 22 February 2017
Sacred Spaces "An extremely illustrated talk with Tony Anderson and John Ingham" 6 March 2017
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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