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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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A day in the life: students in Kenya

Our ‘day in the life’ feature goes global as Katy Duff (2014) talks about a day volunteering with Maji Mazuri, a social development charity in Nairobi. She has spent a month of her…

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Day in the life: College Librarian

Pat Aske, Librarian and Bye-Fellow at Pembroke, shares a page from her daily diary. Friday 7th August 2015 There is no such thing as a typical day in the College Library but the day I chose to keep a diary turned out to be unusually calm and relatively normal – a welcome break. 8.15am Set off from home on my bike. Only tutted at one driver who was straddling the crossing on East Road when the lights changed. 8.30am Outside the Library met Nick, the Head Gardener, and we discussed the weather (of course) and the state of the garden outside the Library. The silver birch has grown very big…

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More than beans on toast

The food at Pembroke is so good that rumours have long circulated about a Michelin-starred chef hiding in the kitchens. But what really goes on? Our College Recorder investigates. When…

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Goodbye to our Trainee Librarian

On Friday we said goodbye to Peter Czosnyka, our Graduate Trainee Librarian. In this farewell blog post he describes his year, his plans and his daily routine. You can compare it…

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A day in the life: The Dean

Pembroke’s Dean, Dr James Gardom, shares a typical day in his life. 6.30am I get up, say some prayers at home, spend about 20 minutes looking at my emails and…

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