Bon Voyage Events for 2009 Rhodes Scholars

The newest class of Rhodes Scholars will gather in Washington, D.C. for the annual Bon Voyage Weekend, September 26-30, 2009.  Hosted by the AARS, the BVW will kick off with an orientation session for new Scholars on Saturday, September 26, 2009.  The festivities will conclude with the annual BVW Departure Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at the Cosmos Club.

A modern substitute for the tradition of sailing to Great Britain, the Bon Voyage Weekend offers the opportunity for the new Rhodes Scholars to get acquainted before they reach Oxford.  In keeping with a long-standing tradition, U.S. Scholars will be joined by several Scholars from Canada and the Caribbean. 

The Bon Voyage Weekend is made possible though the generosity of AARS members and volunteers. 

Program Highlights:

Scholars will meet with Dr. Anthony Fauci, M.D. at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to discuss current developments in public health, including the spread of HIV/AIDS, influenza, and malaria.

Local Rhodes Scholar women will host a breakfast for the women of the 2009 Rhodes class, offering an opportunity to discuss women’s issues at Oxford.

Recent Rhodes Scholar returnees from Oxford (as well as some still in residence) will join the Class of 2009 to offer practical, candid advice about the transition to Oxford. 

Senator Richard Lugar (Indiana & Pembroke ‘54) and former Senator Paul Sarbanes (Maryland & Balliol ‘54) will host a breakfast at the U.S. Capitol. 

The Departure Luncheon will be held at the Cosmos Club on Wednesday, September 1, 2009 beginning at 11:30.  The Scholars will depart for England following the luncheon.  Peter M. Dawkins (Michigan and Brasenose 1959), Former Vice Chairman of Citigroup Global Wealth Management and Chairman of ShiningStar Capital LLC will address the attendees.

Local area Rhodes Scholars will invite the Class of 2009 into their homes throughout the week, including gatherings hosted by Lissa Muscatine (California and Wadham ‘77) and American Secretary Elliot Gerson (Connecticut and Magdalen ‘74).

To view the videos of the Peter Dawkins and Robert Rotberg speeches, please click on the links below:

Peter M. Dawkins
Robert Rotberg