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PKP Week 1

The first week of the Pembroke-King's Summer Programme has ended, and student Angie, of Illinois Wesleyan University, tells us about her experiences so far. Every time I enter the historic gates of Pembroke or King's, I am in awe at the beauty and nobility of the campuses. Everywhere I turn in this incredible city, there are captivating ornate buildings housing the same incredible intelligence that fostered some of the most talented…

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Cabbages and Communism: Professor Norman Davies unpacks his Secret Police files

Norman Davies is a distinguished historian of Poland and Europe.  In a talk he gave on the 15th November the history he was discussing a very personal one, told through the files kept on him by the Stasi. The Institute of National Memory in Poland holds files collection by the network of “surveillance and invigilation” that existed in all Soviet states.  Under Stalin this network of agencies was an instrument of mass terror and murder, but was apparently “less murderous than it had been” when Prof Davies arrived in the 1960s. The secret police were not in fact very secret.  The KGB had a recognisable uniform, but operated extra-legally and…

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International Theatre in Cambridge

It’s not your usual theatre experience. Three plays, three countries, three languages: the Cambridge International Theatre Festival has arrived. Harriet Phillips (2016) is one of the MML students behind the…

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