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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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The joy of flies

What makes you decide to dedicate your life to fruit flies? ‘Good question,’ replies Dr Tim Weil. He thinks for a second before answering: ‘It wasn’t really deliberate. I met…

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A room of one’s own

Earlier in September our graduate students moved to their new bedrooms. Here, two of them reveal how they are making the place feel like home. Courtney (2013), PhD in Pathology 'I have signed up as a hostel keeper, meaning that I am in charge of a house of about seven undergraduate students. I have the biggest room – it is right at the top of the house, so moving my stuff in resulted in lots of bruises. This room is almost double the size of the room I had last year, which is great. It does have quite a low ceiling and I’m pretty tall, so the furniture has been…

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Five tall tales

There are lots of stories told about Pembroke, but don’t believe everything you hear. Over the summer, the College is visited by a large number of tourist groups exploring the…

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‘One of the guys’

This year Pembroke is marking 30 years since women students were admitted to the College. Sovaida Ma’ani Ewing was one of the first women to graduate from Pembroke College. She arrived as a…

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