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2017 in Pictures: Part 1

Now that 2017 is finished, we take a look at a small snapshot of the many events, achievements, and important moments of 2017.

Lent term saw a flurry of fundraising by staff and students in aid of the Jo Cox Memorial Studentship, which will fund PhD research in refugee and migration studies. The rowers rowed, the library sold books, and later on in the year a group cycled from Oxford to Cambridge on the annual Charity bike ride organised by the Dean.


It’s been a strong year for music, with a free weekly recital series in Lent term and a performance of Bach’s St John Passion in March, involving three choirs and numerous soloists.

College musician Joseph Middleton continues to introduce brilliant Lieder music to Pembroke through the Sir Arthur Bliss Song Series, with singers including Dame Felicity Lott, Carolyn Sampson, and most recently Nicky Spence. This year Sir Thomas Allen held a masterclass for students on the Pembroke Lieder scheme.

As always talks, lectures, and seminars have been prolific. The Stokes Society, Pembroke Papers, and the Desiring and Deorienting the Middle East series offer weekly talks, while visiting scholars and speakers provided opportunities to discuss everything from cyber-security to poetry. Visiting scholars Gerald Dawe and Norman Davies gave several talks, with Gerald Dawe offering two poetry readings, and Professor Norman Davies giving talks on communist politics, his secret police file, and his latest book.  We have also heard from Turalay Kenc on global economic governance, from a panel of speakers on the Dutch elections, discussed xenophobia and the media, and seen our students put together an excellent series of events for both International Women’s Day and LGBT+ history month. And for Banned Books week we enjoyed a conversation between alumni Martin Rowson (1978) and Jodie Ginsberg (1996) on ‘speaking the unspeakable’.


At Pembroke we also hold several annual lectures and events. In 2017 we heard from Romano Prodi (photos by Howard Guest) at the annual Keith Sykes lecture, and discussed productivity and mindfulness in the digital age at the William Pitt Seminar (photos by Nigel Luckhurst). This year’s Circle lecture was a fascinating glimpse into ordinary lives in North Korea, delivered by Dr Jim Hoare.

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