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Laugh 4 Change

Laugh 4 Change Raising funds to support refugees, tackling mental health at home and abroad, and having fun while doing it. That may seem like a big ask but Cansu Karabiyik (2016), a second year PhD candidate in medical science, seems to have managed it. Cansu spent time volunteering on Chios Island, Greece, witnessing the refugee crisis for herself. On her return she founded Laugh 4 Change, a comedy fundraising initiative…

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Fake News, Medieval Style: The Truth about the Templars

Last week the blog was all about the theory and practice of communism.  This week we’re back on the topic of history, going Medieval with the Templars. Dan Jones (1999) read history at Pembroke, and has gone on to write prolifically on medieval history, as well as co-writing and presenting documentaries and TV shows like Elizabeth 1 and Secrets of Great British Castles. His latest book, The Templars, The Rise and the Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors, has revealed just how much impact Templar history has on contemporary politics. The Templar Knights are associated in popular culture with the Holy Grail, and with quests and mystery.  It’s not a…

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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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