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Art and the Self: “I am my own Muse”

We’ve talked about women in Science, but what about women in Art? PhD student Nicole Maniero (2017) curated a mini exhibition of artists’ self-portraits for International Women’s Day. “I am my own Muse”. Frida Kahlo’s famous quote inspired Nicole to explore the complex relationship between artists and their identities and bodies, and the ways we as viewers engage with self-portraits.  A literature student researching representation of objects in Italian stories,…

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May Week is in June

May Week, as Clive James (1964) famously put it, is in June. It’s a week of celebrations as students finish their exams and enjoy garden parties, drinks receptions and balls. It…

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Chess champion

The internet is abuzz with news of Magnus Carlsen, the chess grandmaster who recently took on three opponents simultaneously, whilst blindfolded, and won. But did you know that Pembroke has its very own chess champion? Pembroke student Dominik Deradjat (2013) captained the victorious Cambridge University Chess Club teams at this year’s inter-university competition. Held in February, the 2015 BUCA Team Championship was record-breaking, both in terms of the number of participants and the number of teams that entered. Cambridge entered the tournament in the top two divisions, the Championship and the Plate. Dominik was joined by Daniel Fernandez (Queens), Richard Weaving (Churchill), Rafe Martyn (Corpus Christi), Jean-Luc Weller (Churchill), Philipp Schmitt…

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Throughout May Bumps, Pembroke’s crews put in a proud effort and they all bumped at least once. The May Bumps are the University’s annual summer rowing races. As the river…

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PCAFC tour to Barcelona

In March of this year, PCAFC went on tour for the first time in over a decade. The personal efforts of Captain Mark Bittlestone, a generous donation from Keith Sykes…

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A semester in Cambridge

Each year Pembroke College accepts up to thirty students from overseas universities for a two-term semester of study in Cambridge. This year Liz Willcock (2014), from McGill University in Canada, is one of them.…

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