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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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What a pane

Where in Pembroke can you find a weesle headed armadillo, a great gogle eyed beetle and a nocoonaca? In the library, of course. The colourful stained glass window that runs…

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Pembroke & the Cambridge Union

This year the Cambridge Union celebrates its 200th birthday. In this series of three blog posts we explore Pembroke’s long-standing connection to the famous debating society. From its humble beginnings in the small back room of a pub on Petty Cury, the Cambridge Union has become a landmark known across the world as the home of aspiring young politicians. The society, founded in 1815, is now the oldest continuously running debating society in the world. By 1939 it already had a reputation for being ‘a place where ordinary undergraduates could challenge great statesmen and other eminent figures in open debate, in the fine surroundings of their own debating chamber and…

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Pembroke & the Cambridge Union III

Pembroke has had a long and fruitful relationship with the Union, which continues today. This is the third part in a series of blog posts exploring that connection. The first and…

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Pembroke & the Cambridge Union II

This post is the second in a three-part series exploring Pembroke’s long-standing connection with Cambridge’s famous debating society. Today we continue with a review of some of the influential Union…

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Five minutes with Joe Thomas

When actor Joe Thomas (2003) came back to Cambridge for an interview with CAM Magazine, we spent five minutes catching up about his time at Pembroke. On my first night at…

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