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Solar-powered Engineering: The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

Driving a solar car across Australia sounds like something in a science fiction film, but every two years it becomes a reality at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) is a student society of around 60 people, founded in 2007. They design, build, and race solar powered vehicles, with a mission to inspire and innovate. Siddharth Gupta (2014) is an undergraduate at Pembroke studying Engineering, and…

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Advocacy and Accessories: SolidariTee

More than ‘slacktivism’: the student charity using t-shirts to provide legal aid for refugees and asylum-seekers in Greece. Legal representation is a humanitarian need.  For refugees and asylum seekers, entering a new country is fraught with difficulty, not least because of the incredible complications of navigating a legal and political system that is entirely foreign and inaccessible without inside help. When people are at their most vulnerable, legal aid and information are valuable resources. SolidariTee was started by a Cambridge student about a year ago, and has since become a nationwide campaign.  By combining fundraising with demonstration, the charity makes both a statement and tangible change in the places that…

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Remembrance at Pembroke

Once more we find ourselves talking about memory. Remembrance is part of the rhythm of the year now; the poppy a symbol widely recognised and understood. Why is remembrance so…

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17-11-07 Poetry and Place

Poetry and Place in Pembroke and Beyond

For the last few years poetry tours, led by Cambridge poet Michael Brown, have been part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. They reveal the strong connection between poetry and…

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Communism: Theory vs. Practice

Visiting scholar Professor Norman Davies is giving a series of talks this term.  The first was an account of the theory vs practice of communism in the Soviet Union. In…

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