New York City

upcoming lectures

Winter 2018-19

A New World Order?

Today, the American-led global order faces a challenge. Not only because Trump has created geopolitical uncertainty due to his shift in foreign policy, but also because the rest of the world has fundamentally changed. What are the political and economic causes and consequences of our changing global order? What does this mean for the future of US-China relations? And what can we learn about the shifting balance between security and economics?

Spring 2019

The State of Democracy

Over the past three decades we have lived through a quiet revolution: drifting from having a market economy to becoming market societies, almost without realizing it. Where money determines access to necessities such as health and education, inequality matters more than it would otherwise. Is too much for sale in our democracies?

The Brain and happiness

Experiencing happiness means the involvement of chemical substances in the brain, such as dopamine, (sexual) hormones, and oxytocin. Can we influence this feeling? Some psychologists challenge the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our ‘psychological immune system’ lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.


College-Club NYC kicked off with two lectures in April and May 2017. The kick off was a major succes with 300 young professionals from our 6 partners attending!

Smart Cities

Google | April 5, 2017

Dr. Steven E. Koonin

Director NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, Professor NYU Stern School of Business and former Under Secretary for President Obama

Connecting all systems in a city into one big data-network creates a smart city. What does this mean for our quality of life, sustainability, privacy, and other aspects of daily life? How can governments, universities, and industries contribute to smarter cities?

The Bigger Picture

Christie’s | May 11, 2017

Brook Hazelton

President, Americas

David Kleiweg de Zwaan

Senior Specialist, Auctioneer

Christie’s will hold its flagship Impressionist and Modern Art and Post War and Contemporary Art auction which will include work by the giants of the period such as Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso to Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon and beyond. Prior to this we are invited to attend a tour in the world’s leading saleroom in the heart of New York’s art scene. Furthermore, insights are given into the international art market, the auction process and the economic issues related to the art world.

Artificial Intelligence: Science, not Fiction

Facebook | April 11, 2018

Dr. Yann LeCun

Director of AI Research at Facebook, Professor Computer Science, Neural Science and Data Science at NYU. Obtained his PhD in Computer Science at Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie in Paris.

Self-driving cars, the Internet of Things and customer intelligence are all part of ‘thinking machines’. The rise of these ‘smart’ computers brings along major challenges; what does it for example mean for our privacy and employment? And what happens if robots become smarter than us?


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About US

After four successful years in Amsterdam, College-Club is coming to New York City

Based on the principle of lifelong learning College-Club offers inspiring, high-quality lectures to ambitious young professionals. The lectures are delivered by academics, business people, journalists and people from the cultural and political sectors. Our aim is to expand people’s knowledge by informing them about the latest trends in finance, politics, neurology, arts, sustainability, innovation and technology and business insights in order to help them perform better in their professional work environment and to enlarge people’s network by connecting to like-minded young professionals, with drinks afterwards at unique locations.

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The Founder


I founded College-Club in October 2012 in Amsterdam. The idea originated from my own desire to gain more knowledge in fields outside of my profession. It is my passion to bring together people from the cultural sector, universities and corporates alike. Before setting up College-Club, I worked as a corporate lawyer for six years in Amsterdam. I studied law at Leiden University and the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

In April 2017 we had a succesful kick off program with two lectures at Google and Christie’s and in April 2018 we continued with an amazing lecture at Facebook. I’m very much looking forward to the upcoming year with the young professionals of all our partners!

Hopefully we can meet soon as well!

Frederique Lips

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