Fordham University celebrated the grand opening of its London Centre at Heythrop College on Sept. 16 with acclaimed English actress Honor Blackman, a performance by members of the London Dramatic Academy, and a reception for alumni, friends, faculty and students.
“The London Centre not only gives Fordham students unparalleled study abroad opportunities, it brings the best of Fordham to London,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. “A great education is increasingly an international education, and in the best Jesuit tradition, Fordham is anticipating what its students will need to take their place in the global marketplace.”
The evening featured remarks by Blackman, well known for her roles in The Avengers television series and as a “Bond girl” in Goldfinger; a reception for alumni and guests; and theatrical performances by the London Dramatic Academy, introduced by its director, Richard Digby Day.
“On this joyous night the faculty and staff of the Centre welcome alumni from across Europe to Fordham’s home in London,” said Stephen Freedman, Ph.D., senior vice president/chief academic officer at Fordham.
Fordham began its affiliation with Heythrop College in spring 2009, creating a home in Kensington Square for Fordham’s London Dramatic Academy, the spring semester program in the College of Business Administration and two CBA summer programs.