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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: Porters’ Lodge

Our College Recorder spends a day in the Porters’ Lodge. What is a porter’s most important skill? Ask the team at Pembroke and the answer is unanimous: animal instinct. At…

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A day in the life: PhD candidate

The Revd Preston Parsons was ordained in 2004 in the Anglican Church of Canada. He is now a PhD Candidate in the Divinity Faculty, writing a thesis on the friendship between Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Eberhard Bethge. He is also the Priest Vicar at St. John’s College. Here he shares a day in his life: 8.15am Morning Prayer in Pembroke chapel with the Dean. I usually read the Old Testament lesson. I plough through all the strange names, probably mispronouncing most of them. But if you mispronounce them consistently, no one notices. Except the dean. 9.30am I do a bit of reading in the library. There is a never ending list of articles for me to translate. My German…

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A day in the life: Classics

Georgina Wong (2014) joined Pembroke in October and is getting to grips with life as a fresher. Here she shares a typical day in her life: 9.30am Wake up call.…

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A day in the life: Economics

When Helena Roy (2013) is not studying Economics, she is out on the river coxing, snapping photos for Instagram or taking to the catwalk. Here’s a day in her life: Tuesday…

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