Professor David L Callies honoured by the William and Mary Law School

The William & Mary Law School Property Rights Project will honour Clare Hall Life Member Professor David L. Callies in October, with the 2017 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize. The prize is named in honour of the lifetime contributions to property rights of Toby Prince Brigham and Gideon Kanner and is presented annually to a scholar, practitioner or jurist whose work affirms the fundamental importance of property rights.A prolific scholar whose work explores land use, property, state and local government law, Callies has lectured around the world and authored or collaborated on... Read more

27 April 2017

Rethinking Cognitive Enhancement

Ahmed Dahir Mohamed, Clare Hall Life Member, has written a new Oxford University Press Handbook entitled Rethinking Cognitive Enhancement.  Ahmed, in collaboration with Wayne Hall and Ruud Ter Meulen, tackles the issues of the use of pharmacological drugs for cognitive enhancement.  Further LinksNeuroscience Profile – Ahmed Dahir Mohamed ... Read more

27 April 2017

The Elmsider

Submit to Clare Hall’s interdisciplinary graduate journal. Our theme is Networks and Connections.Deadline - 21 April 2017.Submissions welcome from all graduate students of Cambridge in all disciplines.Maximum 4,000 words, excluding abstract.For any questions please contact the editors Laura Brassington and Guy Sechrist at to our Mailing list: Read more

06 April 2017

Friday Family Suppers - Ed Williams

On Friday 3 March Ed Williams, head coach at Elite Swimming Academy, came to our family supper to speak about his swimming adventures. He is one of the only people in the world to have swum solo across the English Channel, Gibraltar Strait and most recently the North Channel between Ireland and Scotland. Ed talked about resilience, perseverance and goal setting which was well received by the children and adults alike. Full details on Ed's most recent expedition between Ireland and Scotland, including a short video, can be viewed... Read more

23 March 2017

'Clare Hall inspires' postdoc event

‘Clare Hall inspires’ was held on Thursday, 9 March in the Richard Eden Suite at West Court. This one day personal and professional development workshop was developed by the College postdoc representatives for the entire College community as a way of exploring the many benefits of a College affiliation. Attendees were invited to think through the ways their College connection might benefit them both personally and professionally.Sessions included a presentation from the Careers Service, ‘speed mentoring’ with Fellows and Life Members, a career mapping activity, a panel... Read more

13 March 2017

The Recovery of Natural Environments in Architecture: Air, Comfort and Climate by Professor Alan Short

A new book by Clare Hall Professorial Fellow, Alan Short entitled 'The Recovery of Natural Environments in Architecture: Air, Comfort and Climate' is out now.  Published by Routledge, the book is a culmination of 30 years’ research and award-winning green building design by Short and colleagues in Architecture, Engineering, Applied Maths and Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge.    Further Links... Read more

03 March 2017

CUDC & Maxer Winter School at Clare Hall

Over the last two weeks Clare Hall has hosted a group of students from Wuhan University as they took part in the China UK Development Centre and Maxer Education Institute seminar programme in Cambridge.The course is designed to offer the opportunity of customised professional courses for students who expect to develop in the fields of social science, humanities, natural science or engineering. The programme is planned to organise outstanding students from outside the UK to come to Cambridge for professional academic and language courses.The college’s Vice-President Stephen Bourne... Read more

23 February 2017

The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professorship Lecture

Clare Hall Visiting Fellow Professor Seyla Benhabib will give the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professorship Lecture on 'From the Right to have Rights to the Critique of Humanitarian Reason. Migrants and Refugees in Political Theory' at the Theatre, Peterhouse tonight, Monday 13 February.No need to book. All are welcome to attend.Professor Benhabib is the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor... Read more

13 February 2017

Dame Gillian Beer book launch

On Monday 30 January Clare Hall hosted a Drinks Reception for Dame Gillian Beer to coincide with the publication of her new book 'Alice in Space - The Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll'. Over 50 friends and colleagues came together to listen to Gillian read from Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky poem and to hear about the years of work and research that have gone into her new book.   Further Links... Read more

13 February 2017

Cambridge Trust - Clare Hall Talks

The first edition of the ‘Cambridge Trust - Clare Hall Talks’ took place this week. The series aims to promote the research projects undertaken by Cambridge Trust scholars based at Clare Hall. The event included presentations by Brynja Thorgeirsdottir, Elias Nosrati, Heidi Mogstad and M. Wesam Al-Asali and they were joined by Mrs Helen Pennant, Director of Cambridge Trust.The next event will take place in Easter term. More information is available... Read more

02 February 2017

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 19:00
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 20:00

The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane and The Rings of Saturn by W.G sebald
( Two books about places, including some close to Cambridge, but both are more than travel books.)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 19:45

Dr Yoshinori Wada-Tsukamoto Fellow at the Faculty of Economics, Doshisha University

'Secular religion and sacred economy'


Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 12:30

All Life Members and friends are welcome to attend our regular Life Members Lunch on the first Thursday of every month. If you would like to attend and do not already have a UPay card then please purchase your ticket for £10 from the Porters’ Lodge and present it to the Servery staff when choosing your meal options. 

Any queries please contact the Development Officer on or phone on 01223 332368. 

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible and making this a regular monthly chance to talk and share thoughts with fellow Life Members.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 13:30

Mr Shota Moriue

Legislative drafter of the House of Representatives of Japan and Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall)

‘How laws are made in Japan’


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Friday, May 5, 2017 - 17:30

Marc W. Kirschner, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School.

'The Uniqueness of Biological Understanding'.

In this lecture, Professor Kirschner will challenge a view of life that is understood simply from the perspective of physics and chemistry  and argue that an autonomous organism depends on a foundational component of life that never arose before in the physical world – a sense of purpose.

Please follow the link below to reserve your seat by 28 April 2017, specifying whether you would like to attend the lecture only, or the lecture and dinner.  If you would like to join us for dinner, please let us know of any dietary requirements.



Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 18:30

Clare Hall is pleased to host a talk by Joe Tondu, President of the Tondu Corporation, as part of its Tech Talks series. Joe's talk is entitled: 'Critical Career Lessons'

Clare Hall Tech Talks is series of regular talks, featuring speakers with experiences of innovation or creating new enterprises, who are willing to share their personal and professional insights; the mistakes and lessons learnt as well as the successes.

There will be drinks and networking from 6.30pm until 7pm. After the talk, a light buffet supper and refreshments will be served.

Places are limited so booking is essential, upon booking you will be emailed a ticket to present at entrance.

Book here:


'Critical lessons I learned during my career as an entrepreneur and project developer in the energy, oil and gas, electric utility, iron and steel, mining, biotech, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, and venture capital industries.'

Speaker Biography:

Mr. Tondu is the President and sole shareholder of Tondu Corporation. He is primarily responsible for identifying new business opportunities, marketing, and coordinating the various project development efforts. 

He began his career at Getty Oil Company where he worked as a staff geologist for three years. During this period, he was responsible for monitoring oil and gas development drilling activities throughout the Texas Gulf Coast. In 1978, he created the predecessor to Tondu Corporation and began actively developing oil and gas exploration and development ventures. This involved identifying and leasing drilling prospects, raising investment capital, and managing the drilling and production of oil and gas wells. 

In early 1982, Mr Tondu sold the oil and gas leasehold interest of the Company and expanded into industrial project development. He identified the independent power business in 1984 as a new emerging industry and focused the Company’s activities on this new industry. He was responsible for identifying the Filer City and Williams Lake Projects, assembling the respective project development teams, and formulating many of the development strategies that led to their success. During the development of the Filer City Project, Mr Tondu led the negotiations for the key contracts and was instrumental in organising the political lobbying effort in the state of Michigan resulting in the enactment of Public Act 81. This law created much of the legal framework that supported the development of the independent power plant business in the state of Michigan. In the Williams Lake Project, he led the negotiations for the power purchase agreement. 

Mr Tondu received a B.S. in geology from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and a M.A. in geology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 19:45

Prof. Hannu Vartiainen Professor of Microeconomic Theory, University of Helsinki

'Should we really believe in economic theory?'


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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 13:30

Dr Elena Narinskaya
Spalding Research Fellow in Comparative Religion, Clare Hall, Cambridge University

Various people and their messengers in the narrative of the Qur’an: The dynamics of the God-human relationship in the history of the humanity in Sura 7, the Heights.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 19:30

Brodsky Quartet
Programme: Bach, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Beethoven

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