The Bader International Study Centre

Director's Message

I am delighted to know that communication through this second e-newsletter is continuing with our Castle alumni. The importance of a real, organic community at the Castle has always been apparent to me as one of its distinctive features: an intimate, interactive, comprehensive relationship embracing, to varying but significant degrees, students, faculty, staff and friends.  The intentionalised extension of this to our nearly 6-7000 alumni must surely work not only in part to maintain links forged each term, but also to secure this in a ‘web’ of ongoing friendship for the future.  It will thus assist in facilitating the continuing contact between all who have come to and come to love this extraordinary place, to the benefit of all.

Certainly, after enjoying myself nearly nine years of wonderful camaraderie with so many people here at Herstmonceux, from often very different functions and for very different reasons, the notion of contributing to and participating in such a vital dialogue is the proverbial ‘no-brainer’!  Never, in some fourteen universities across four continents where I have lived and worked these past fifty years, have I experienced such a productive and joyous [‘coming together’.  And the constant re-appearance, in surveys and anecdotes across the Castle population, of words such as ‘magical’ and ‘transformative’, confirm how fortunate we all are to have passed this way, as well as just how we are, will and should remain indebted to that remarkable 1993 vision of Drs Alfred and Isabel Bader.  It is more than just whimsical to reflect on how the generic path to adulthood is often determined as taking some eighteen years and, as I prepare in less than two weeks to leave my mandate here, how the hard-won maturity of our current financial and programmatic stability can therefore well be considered, today in 2011, as our collective coming of age.

There is, of course, much more still to be accomplished in the years ahead, and I am personally confident and delighted that Dr. Bruce Stanley will bring to the BISC, in his role as my successor as Executive Director, some forty years of experience in international, liberal arts education across a myriad of institutions in North America, the UK and the Middle East.  His own scholarship and teaching have had a core focus in International Relations, so he will come with a breadth of clearly relevant experience and reflection that can only serve the BISC very well indeed.  Moreover, his personal warmth, balance and spirit of exploration will rapidly ensure his integration into this wonderful community in which we all share.

It has been a privilege to have been part of the building of this unique enterprise.  I look forward, with both enthusiasm and conviction, to the years ahead for the BISC, as well as to maintaining my own personal links of friendship and service to the continuing Castle family in whatever ways may be deemed useful.  A sincere and huge thank you to everyone who has helped to make my time here, as well as Mary Ann’s, so very special.

Dr David Bevan, Executive Director

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Castle Change in Command

Dr Bevan and Dr StanleyAfter 9 years of visionary leadership, our Chevalier, Cricket Player, and Executive Director, Dr. Bevan hands Castle’s reins to Dr. Stanley. Read more

Herstmonceux Highlights

Students on BeachFrom Quidditch Matches to Clue Murder Mystery Nights, the past year has once again, flourished with endless student activities.  Student involvement, of course, is the key to a memorable year abroad at Herstmonceux Castle.  This year was of no exception. Read more and Watch Video

Humanitarianism at BISC

Mural ProjectNo shortage of good deeds in the form of fundraising and local community outreach amongst BISC students!

A mural project raised funds to support MSF Haiti Appeal and the Girl Child Network for Zimbabwean Girls. Read more

Dr Bevan Receives Queen's Hightest Honour

David BevanRecently awarded the Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Bevan’s well rounded contribution is a legacy forever cherished by the BISC and greater Queen’s Community.

Joint Performance with Fitzwilliam College at Cambridge

BISC Chamber ChoirThe BISC Chamber Choir sings Brahms’ Requiem in conjunction with the Fitzwilliam Choir at Cambridge. Read more

Sculptures Find Home on Castle Grounds

Sculptures at Castle“I expose things that happen in my society through a sculpture.”  – Lincon, Tengenenge Sculptor

Since the late 1950s, the Tengenenge, a community of artistic sculptors from Zimbabwe, have re-created sentiments of human compassion and nature through stone sculpture. For 3 years, these sculptors have called Herstmonceux 'Home'. Read more

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Castle receives top votes

Design and blogger web site, Hongkiat.com voted Herstmonceux among its top forty "most beautiful castles" in the world.

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