WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE RSAA?
The RSAA hosts free lectures for members every other week during term time. Lectures typically take place on a Wednesday in a Central London location, and if the lecture is at 1.15pm it is preceded by an optional buffet lunch. Wine is served before evening lectures.
In addition to the lecture programme, there are also a number of social events where members and their guests can meet others with similar interests.
Although a printed calendar is sent out to members, dates and venues are subject to change and additional events may be added to the calendar at short notice. It is therefore advisable to check this online calendar for the latest details.
WHAT'S GOING ON IN JANUARY
15 January 2020
China’s Eurasian Ambition: A Remapping of Global Technology and Geopolitics
A lecture by Dr Shirley Yu
Where: 1.15pm at The Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BQ
Dr Shirley Yu is an affiliate of the Lau China Institute. She earned her PhD in political economy from China’s Peking University, and a master’s degree from Harvard University. She is the Chief Strategic Officer/Vice President of New York Stock Exchange-listed Xin Yuan Group Co Ltd (NYSE: XIN).
Shirley began her career in investment banking with Merrill Lynch. She subsequently returned to China as a news anchor on CCTV (China Central Television) News. She has been a frequent speaker and moderator of dialogues with global icons, including Alan Greenspan, Larry Summers, former Prime Ministers David Cameron, Bob Hawke and Paul Keating, and Forbe’s Steve Forbes.
Through her own advisory firm, Shirley has also been an advisor to cross-border M&A investments to companies including China’s Legend Holdings, Poly Group, HNA Group, UK-based public companies, Australia-based mining and agricultural interests, as well as US-based private equity firms.
Shirley is also the author of three books in Chinese, 无欲自芳菲 (Fearless Pursuit) and 百国大使谈中国 (On China, by Ambassadors), and the most recently released 人民币崛起及日元之殇 (The Rise of the RMB and the Fall of the Yen).
29 January 2020
The Atkinsons’ Adventures in Siberia and Kazakhstan
A lecture by John Massey-Stewart
Where: 1.15pm at the Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BQ
John Massey Stewart has written the first full biography of Atkinson -“Thomas, Lucy and Alatau; The Atkinsons’ Adventures in Siberia and Kazakhstan”, published by Unicorn, and has spent many years researching the story of Thomas William Atkinson (1799-1861), an architect, artist, traveller extraordinaire, author – and bigamist. Famous in his lifetime as ‘the Siberian traveller’, but now unjustly forgotten, he spent nearly 7 years travelling nearly 40,000 miles through the Urals, Kazakhstan and Siberia with special authorisation from the Tsar, producing 560 watercolour sketches of the often dramatic scenery and exotic peoples. This is also the story of Lucy, his spirited and intrepid wife and their son Alatau Tamchiboulac, called after their favourite places and born in a remote Cossack fort. They both shared his many adventures and extremes of heat & cold, travelling with him on horseback up and down precipices and across dangerous rivers, escaping a murder plot atop a great cliff and befriending the famous Decembrist exiles.
As writer, lecturer, professional photographer and environmental activist, John has travelled extensively in the USSR/Russia many times since 1960, embracing inter alia the Caucasus, Ob estuary and Vladivostok. He has lectured and given academic papers on different aspects of past and present Russia i n the UK, USA, France, Israel, Canada & Siberia, which he has visited 11 times. He co-founded with the Conservation Foundation the London Initiative on the Russian Environment and has been a Specialist Adviser to a House of Commons environmental inquiry and a delegate to the NATO Advanced Workshop on ecotourism at Siberia’s Lake Baikal.