Master's Teas

Over the semester, you’ll be regularly invited to the Master’s Common Lounge, a cozy room on the 3rd floor of the college, to meet and chat with guests — both local and international. Our guest list places a value on diversity and typically includespoliticians, diplomats, artists, writers, poets, scientists, and activists. The only thing we ask of guests is that they bring something interesting to our community. Hosted by the Master of the College, Associate Professor Gregory Clancey, these sessions open the possibility for you to meet, mingle, and hear from our guests in an informal, small-group setting over cake and tea.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.