OUSP Events

    • 16 Nov 2019
    • 18:00
    • Salon Poupre, Le Sénat, Palais du Luxembourg, 15 ter rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris


    The President and Committee of the Oxford University Society in Paris are pleased to invite you to a dinner at which our speaker will be

    Dr. Philip Mansel, FRHistS, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres,

    who will give us an illustrated talk on

     Louis XIV and the English: from Francophobia to Francophilia

    Time :         6.00 for 6.30 pm apéritif, 7.00 pm dinner*

    Dress :         Lounge suits

    If you wish to join us for the dinner, please complete and return payment and the linked registration form below as soon as possible to Carol Kent and in any event for receipt by no later than Monday, 4th November, 2019.

    *N.B. Please note that the Senate will close its doors at 7.00 pm and that no admission will be possible after that time. So, if you will be attending the dinner, please make sure you arrive WELL BEFORE 7.00 pm.            

    Philip Mansel read Modern History and Modern Languages at Balliol (1970) and received his doctorate on the French Court under the Restoration Monarchy from UCL. His first book, Louis XVIII, published in 1981, together with his subsequent works, such as The Court of France 1789-1830 and Paris Between Empires 1814-1852, established him as an authority on the French Monarchy during its Restoration after the French Revolution and the July Monarchy.

    In 1995, Philip Mansel founded the Society for Court Studies, together with David Starkey and others. He has also published books related to the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East. He has contributed numerous reviews and articles to well-known newspapers and journals and received many awards and decorations.

    It may seem surprising, but despite the wealth of historical writing devoted to the period, Philip Mansel’s biography, “King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV”, published in July of this year [*], is by far the most comprehensive and up-to-date biography of “the Sun King”. Going far beyond an account of the public events of the reign which are perhaps better-known, Philip Mansel explores the monarch’s contradictions and his inner life, and presents a masterly depiction of the internal workings of his Court. He has achieved the feat of producing a biography which is both impeccably scholarly and immensely readable!

    The dinner will be held in the splendid Salon Pourpre dining room of the Senate. As we are unable to increase the number of places reserved at the venue, we recommend early registration to avoid disappointment. Registrations will be treated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and will be individually confirmed. 

    Members must provide their full names and those of their guests to be communicated to the Senate beforehand and photographic identity documents may be required for access to it on the evening.

    We look forward to seeing you at the dinner.

    Registration form for OUSP Louis XIV dinner 16-11-2019.docx

    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 19:00
    • Royal British Legion, 28 rue des Acacias, 75017 paris
    • 20

    After a long break, our next Play reading kindly led by Paul Tracy (Oriel), will be John Osborne's "The Entertainer".  

    John Osborne wrote The Entertainer at the request of Laurence Olivier in 1957. Olivier had seen Look Back in Anger at the Royal Court the year before, and asked Osborne to write a part for an “angry middle-aged man”. Osborne chose to pay tribute to the English music-hall tradition, a dying art at this time. The play’s premiere at the Royal Court in 1957 caused a stir as it was unusual for a star of Olivier’s stature to act in such a modern play at that time.

    The action of the play takes place in the Rice household in a coastal resort. Archie Rice is an unsuccessful music-hall impresario, like his father before him. His theatrical posturing is constantly overflowing into his personal life and his rapport with father, wife, son and daughter. The play is really a series of music-hall routines masking the disintegration of a family, whose members no longer have much in common. Dialogue moves very fast from one subject to another, giving the impression that nobody is really listening to the others. The family is united in their anticipation of the imminent return of Mick, the younger son, from National Service in Suez.

    Members who would like to attend should come armed with hard, or soft, copies of the play. There will be a participation of €10 per person, payable in cash on the evening.

    • 22 Nov 2019
    • 19:00
    • American Cathedral 23, avenue George V, Paris 75008

    Sir Michael Edwards, OBE, will be reading poems from his recently published collection, ‘At the Brasserie Lipp’.  Sir Michael attended Christ’s, Cambridge, of which he is now an Honorary Fellow and is a literary scholar who is the first Englishman ever to have been elected to the Collège de France and to the Académie Francaise.

     The reading will be co-hosted by the American Cathedral and the Cambridge Society of Paris and light refreshments will be served after the reading to a musical accompaniment.  Some copies of the book will be available for purchase by members who can have a copy signed by the author.


    For those who do not already know the Cathedral, it is one of the finest examples of English Gothic Revival architecture in Europe.

    The event is free of charge, but a collection will be taken to cover the costs of the event with any surplus to be donated to the Cathedral.

    Those of you who would like to attend, please register

    Please ensure you arrive punctually before 7pm as the Cathedral gates are closed in the evening.

    For any questions, please contact the organiser, Carol Amouyel Kent at magnus.imp@gmail.com.


    • 4 Dec 2019
    • 19:00
    • Frog Revolution, 9 rue de la Bastille

    Our regular First Wednesday Drinks event is a great opportunity to meet alumni of Oxford University and Cambridge University informally over a drink or nibble or two.

    There will be friendly surroundings and discounted drinks with happy hour all evening, as well as some free snacks to accompany your favourite tipple if you arrive early

    All ages and friends are warmly welcome! So come along nombreux and provide the ambiance... 

    • 16 Dec 2019
    • 18:30
    • 25, avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8'eme

    Annual Carol Singing at “The Travellers” with vin chaud and mince pies served prior to the singing 

    Numbers are limited to 100 in total. Places will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis

    Please apply by booking through the CamSoc Tickets Site as per below. Cost per person is €20.
    NB: Please note that the Travellers Club requires gentlemen to wear jackets and ties


    Ticket Application

    Tickets are €20 per person and can be booked through the Cambridge Society's website.

    We recommend that you book early as, last year, the event was sold out by 15th November.

    • 15 Jan 2020
    • 19:00 - 21:00
    • The Czech Centre Paris, 18 rue bonaparte, 75006 Paris
    • 39

    Come and  launch the New Year with us in festive fashion!

    OUSP's New Year Wine and Cheese party is a friendly, informal occasion for many alumni to get to know each other better, and to ring in the New Year together.    Whether you are already a member, or are interested in meeting our members, or in joining OUSP, do come along to chat, network, meet up with old friends, and make new ones. Come learn more about us, see what is planned for the coming year and how you can get involved. 

    Our in-house wine expert Paul Tracy will be providing the 'nourritures terrestres'- three wines and three cheeses to indulge the palate.

    Members' guests are welcome and encouraged.

    We count on your participation to help OUSP get off to a great start in 2020!

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