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Maartje van der Woude delivers Dies Lecture in San Francisco

Professor Maartje van der Woude of the Van Vollenhoven Institute delivered a special Dies Lecture in San Francisco on Wednesday 12 February.

At the instigation of the Netherlands Consulate General in the San Francisco Bay Area, a Leiden Alumni Chapter is established there. Many Leiden alumni are employed in various sectors in the area and although there is an active SF Dutch Community and other universities have an Alumni Chapter, up to now this did not exist specifically for Leiden alumni.

Van der Woude, who is regularly in the Bay Area as she is a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, is active on behalf of the University in setting up the Alumni Chapter. The Dies Lecture in February was its first official event.


Van der Woude delivered her lecture Empathizing with the Other: Crimmigration & National Identity to a group of around 25 alumni and other attendees. The Netherlands Consulate General in San Francisco, where alumnus Gerbert Kunst is Consul General, was the location for this special event and after the lecture there was ample time for drinks and networking.  

The establishment of the alumni network runs parallel to the involvement of Leiden University in Holland in the Valley, a network of Dutch and American entrepreneurs (mentors) and contacts at universities and government bodies.  

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We'll be organising more events in San Francisco.  Alumni will be invited by email for international alumni events if we have your email address and the name of the country you're living in. So please update your information here so we can easily invite you for events in time!

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