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Cleveringa 2020

The Leiden University Fund has been organising Cleveringa meetings since 1946. These are annual gatherings to commemorate the famous protest speech given by Professor Rudolph Cleveringa on 26 November 1940.

This year – for obvious reasons – it is difficult to organise live meetings. We are looking at possibilities, given the ever-changing circumstances and rules, to still be able to continue the tradition of the Cleveringa Meetings. It goes without saying that the safety of our alumni and other interested people is our prime concern. We also have to think of the many volunteers, some of whom have been supporting the LUF and the University by organising meetings in their area for many years. The corona measures mean an extra burden for them, too. We are currently still looking for the right format for this year. If an event is being organised near to you, observing all the applicable rules, we will send you an invitation by email.

Live from the Academy Building

One thing that is certain is that we are organising an English-language online gathering for our alumni worldwide on Wednesday 25 November. That evening, we will broadcast live from the Great Auditorium – on the very spot where Professor Cleveringa delivered his impassioned address eighty years ago – a debate among four Leiden professors on the corrosion of international relations. You will receive an invitation to the debate by email. Information on the professors involved will follow on our social media channels.


Meetings abroad are uncertain, and in any event they will be limited. Some local committees may decide to organise online talks. We will share the most up-to-date information on this page, and will keep you informed by email about meetings in your local area.

If you are you an alumnus and you didn’t receive an invitation to the Cleveringa Meeting in your area last year, we will be happy to check whether we have your most up-to-date contact details on file. Just send a message to cleveringa@LUF.leidenuniv.nl

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