Focus on US Centre as 1895 Society donors thanked

Guests experience the engaging political analysis their gifts help to support.


At this year’s LSE 1895 Society reception, guests enjoyed a public discussion titled ‘The First 100 Days: taking stock of the Trump Presidency’, chaired by Professor Peter Trubowitz, Director of the United States Centre at LSE.

Professor Trubowitz was joined by Charlie Beckett, Director of POLIS and Professor in the Department of Media & Communications at LSE, and Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs columnist for the Financial Times. They discussed the new administration’s priorities and the international implications of the current US political landscape.

Guests were then invited to the 8th floor of the New Academic Building, where 1895 Society members – supporters making annual gifts of more than £1,000 to LSE – were thanked for their generosity by Virginia Beardshaw CBE, Chair of the Annual Fund, pictured left.

“Gifts from you are directly helping to maintain our position as a world-leading and pioneering social sciences university,” said Virginia. “You are ambassadors for philanthropy at LSE. I hope you share my pride in knowing we are all making a difference and strengthening our School.”

The US Centre has enjoyed Annual Fund support, and Professor Trubowitz commented: “It is a pleasure to meet so many of the 1895 Society donors who support Guests experience the engaging political analysis their gifts help to support. the life of the Centre. Thanks to their generosity, and that of Annual Fund donors more broadly, the Centre is filling a gap in political analysis at a critical moment for American and global politics.”

Bahman Abedeni (MSc International Relations), member of the 1895 Society Wallas Circle, was in attendance. “It was wonderful to come back to campus for this event,” he said. “It is amazing to consider how many changes have happened at the School since my time here, while the discussion itself offered unique insights and fascinating interactions.”

He added: “We are living in a different era, one in which we are witnessing things we might never have imagined. As an institution of economics and social science, LSE is of paramount importance to bettering our world.”

Full details of the LSE 1895 Society can be found at, while an interview with Shaw Circle donor Catherine Lewis La Torre can be seen here.