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Cosmic Poetry: 2017 Seatonian Prize

Winning the Divinity School Seatonian Prize is becoming something of a Pembroke habit. Christopher Smart won it three times. Colin Wilcockson has won it three times, most recently in 2016 with his villanelles inspired by Smart’s Jubilate Agno. And now Professor Randall Johnson has won it for the second time with his cosmic take on the theme ‘O God, enfold me in the sun’. Johnson’s poem is an intriguingly scientific…

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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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History Beneath Another Sky

Professor Norman Davies is currently a visiting scholar at Pembroke. His latest book, Beneath Another Sky, will be launched on November 2nd. Professor Davies is a historian noted for his many texts on the history of Europe, with a particular focus on Poland. After many years of writing, with published works including Europe: A History and God’s Playground: A History of Poland, he decided to explore beyond the bounds of Europe. What resulted was a six-month circumnavigation, stopping at sixteen places around the world from Tahiti to Tasmania, Mauritius to Texas.  He describes this as a very fulfilling journey, taking him to many places that were almost entirely new to…

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The Twelfth Annual William Pitt Seminar

This year’s William Pitt Seminar brought macro-economics and mindfulness together to ask ‘Are we too busy to get anything done?’ Why, in a world with unprecedented technological advances, countless digital tools…

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Fresher’s Week: Preparing for day 1

Fresher’s week will soon be here, and students will be returning to Pembroke, including first years moving in for the first time. If that’s you, read on for some tips…

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Pembroke 101: This is Pembroke

The end of September marks the start of the academic year and the arrival of a new cohort of students, both undergraduate and graduate. If that’s you, first of all,…

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