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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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Pembroke and the Reformation

Guest blog by Jonathan Reimer Nearly five hundred years ago, in October 1517, a professor at the little-known University of Wittenberg sparked an explosive debate about the nature and meaning…

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Cycle for Jo: The 2017 Oxford-Cambridge Charity Bike Ride

Jan Brighting, College Nurse, usually accompanies the Oxford-Cambridge charity cycle ride as a support driver.  This year, despite a recent bout of pneumonia, she borrowed a racing bike and cycled 80 miles alongside students in aid of the Jo Cox studentship.  Here’s how it went. At the Dean’s suggestion I decided to ride in the Oxford-Cambridge ride for the first time this year.  The cause this year is particularly inspiring and a wonderful way to honour everything that Jo Cox stood for. I was kindly lent a man’s racing bike by Andrew Rogers; the bike has an excellent pedigree as Andrew rode it across America so that was encouraging and…

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