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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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Research roundup 2014

For the last blog post of 2014, we give you a roundup of the year’s research and news at Pembroke. Throughout the year, fellows and students at Pembroke have continued to publish…

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From financier to foodie

After a long day in the office, all you want is to get home and eat dinner. The last thing you fancy is writing a shopping list, traipsing around the supermarket, lugging home the heavy bags and starting to cook. This was how Pembroke graduate student Timo Schmidt (2014) felt. At the time he was working ‘ridiculous hours’ in the city as an analyst at Rothschild and then as Vice President at Petrus Advisers. Timo loved cooking, but he needed a simpler way to prepare fresh, healthy and delicious food when spare time was short. Enter James Carter, a fellow banker and food-lover. The pair met on a Rothschild’s training course…

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Sporting successes

Men’s sport is thriving at Pembroke. This term has seen significant successes for several of Pembroke’s sportsmen. Here, a few of them describe the highs and lows. Mark Nelson (2012), member…

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One year, two wheels

Peter Dudfield (2007) took a year off from his PhD and spent it cycling around the world. Having recently returned, he discussed his journey at this week’s meeting of the Ivory Tower…

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Inspecting the glass ceiling

‘I’m living proof that Cambridge can be different,’ says Pembroke PhD candidate Monica Wirz. ‘I am much older than most graduate students. I’ve already had a successful career. I’m about…

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