Matriculation Dinner 2017

College President David Ibbetson and the Tutors were pleased to welcome the new graduate students to Clare Hall. On Monday 9 October, all the new students were matriculated, officially becoming members of the  College and the University. The President and Praelector gave short speeches, then we sat down to a wonderful formal meal. Read more

12 October 2017

Postdoc Summer BBQ

The Clare Hall Postdoc Committee organised its first summer BBQ for Clare Hall members at West Court earlier this month. Over seventy guests enjoyed Pimms, burgers, sausages and candy floss, while children played games on the green. For many, it was their first Clare Hall event, so it was a fantastic opportunity to welcome them and their little ones into the Clare Hall community.One guest remarked that: "The best thing about this event was the friendliness of the organisers and other guests. The vegetarian food was impressive, and the setting was lovely. An extra thank you for providing... Read more

15 September 2017

IT transformation at Clare Hall

Clare Hall has developed a brand new IT network which has resulted in high-speed connectivity across the college. The project was carried out in collaboration with UIS (University Information Services) Networks Division after they launched an initiative to share its IT expertise with Cambridge colleges last year.  Clare Hall was one of the first to take advantage of the collaboration. The College's IT infrastructure was replaced in the project, which has resulted in much faster network connections, and extensive wireless connectivity.  The joint initiative involved UIS assessing... Read more

15 August 2017

Clare Hall Reunion: The Pippard Years

On the 14 July Clare Hall hosted the first ever reunion for members who were at Clare Hall during the Pippard years, 1966 to 1973, whether as a student, Visiting Fellow or Fellow.  35 guests took part in the celebrations and were joined by Charlotte Pippard and daughters Eleanor, Charlotte and Debbie. After a glass of champagne on arrival and the chance to catch up, guests were served lunch.  Professor Malcolm Longair started off the proceedings with an animated talk – so animated he managed to knock his own glasses off in the process! He reminisced... Read more

09 August 2017

2017 Salje Medal winners announced

Salje Medals are awarded annually by Clare Hall to two of our research students – one in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and one in the Sciences.  The student's PhD thesis and publications merit high commendation.  The 2017 Salje Medal winners are:Arts & HumanitiesDr Andrew Buskell - PhD in History and Philosophy of ScienceScienceDr Pietro Sormanni - PhD in ChemistryCongratulations to Pietro and Andrew who will be presented with their awards on the 25 October. Read more

20 July 2017

Clare Hall Ashby Lecture 2017

This year's Clare Hall Ashby Lecture with Dr Ha-Joon Chang from the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge is now available to view.  Dr Chang's talk was entitled 'How much is the free market compatible with a 'decent' society?'.  Read more

10 July 2017

Graduation ceremonies for the academic year 2017-2018

The graduation ceremonies for the academic year 2017-2018 are listed below.  Bookings close two weeks before the ceremony date.Michaelmas Term 201721 October 201725 November 2017Lent Term 201827 January 2018 (in absentia only)24 February 201824 March 2018 (in absentia only)7 April 2018 (in absentia only)Easter Term 201828 April 201819 May 2018Long Vacation 201821 July 2018'In absentia only' means that Clare Hall will not be attending this particular Congregation. However, you may still receive your degree 'in absence' and your certificate will be posted to you a few days... Read more

10 July 2017

Clare Hall student leads the way in the University of Cambridge Green Impact Initiative

On 21 June the University of Cambridge presented its 2017 'Cambridge Green Challenge' awards. The ceremony recognised the efforts of staff and students working to improve environmental performance in their places of work and study throughout the 2016/17 academic year. Professor Ian Leslie, the University’s Senior Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor with special responsibility for Environmental Sustainability, presented the awards to the winners in each category.A record number of teams this year reached the 'Gold' level, a highly impressive achievement. As well as setting up... Read more

26 June 2017

Friends of Clare Hall Art Society - Nicholas Juett ‘A Cambridge Exploration’

Please join us in the Richard Eden Suite at 5.30pm on the 28 June for a drinks reception and art viewing, followed by a talk from Nicholas Juett.The event is free for members of Clare Hall and for members of the Clare Hall Art Committee. Please RSVP at artsociety@clarehall.cam.ac.uk by 21 March 2017. The event is also open to members of the public and general admission price is £5. Tickets can be purchased in advance from our... Read more

19 June 2017

Clare Hall Nordic Week

Clare Hall has a vibrant international community of Fellows, Visiting Fellows and students. In celebration of this, the College organises an annual international week of activities and experiences to reflect the culture, history and life of different regions. This year we are putting the spotlight on the Nordic Countries: Denmark, Norway, Sweden & Finland, with a varied programme exploring their architecture, literature, music and culinary delights, not to mention hygge.Our Nordic week starts on Thursday 22 June and will include lectures, concerts, a family event and... Read more

12 June 2017

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Events

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 19:45

Strong Feelings of Compassion for the Convicts’: The Penal Reforms of Captain Maconochie

Hilary Carey
Professor of Imperial and Religious History at the University of Bristol

Clare Hall Coloquium Homepage

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 13:30

Semantic Network Analysis of Contested Political Concepts

Paul Nulty, Research Associate, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Venue: Clare Hall Meeting Room

Political concepts are often characterised as "essentially contested" in the sense that their essential meanings are necessarily in dispute when we deploy them in adversarial political discourse. When tasked with pinning down an elusive word meaning, modern lexicographers, computational linguists, and natural language engineers turn to a descriptive analysis of the term's use in context, often looking for statistical patterns of syntactic or document-based word co-occurrence in large collections of digital text. This talk presents an application of the tools of statistical corpus semantics to the problem of delineating the various complex, multi-faceted, and value-laden meanings of abstract political concepts. As an example, comparisons of the lexical-semantic structure of political terms from libertarian and socialist online communities are presented.

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 17:00

The PostDoc Committee is launching the '3 Slide Talks', a series of talks for postdocs from all disciplines to share their research with the diverse college community.

Postdocs are invited to present their research in three slides, lasting 15 minutes, with 5-10 minutes for a Q&A at the end. The theme of the talks will vary. Speakers are encouraged to be as creative as they wish with the presentation, but the three slide rule applies. 

Sample Presentation Format (where appropriate, supported by visuals or text):
Slide 1 - Thesis statement or key research question(s).
Slide 2 - Why this is an original contribution to knowledge/humanity.
Slide 3 - How this research will enrich the audiences' daily life. What is the impact of your research?


If you have questions, please email Keri kkyw3@cam.ac.uk or Marianne mhe25@cam.ac.uk

The talks will start at 5pm and discussions can continue into the evening, over a pint and some pizza.

Sign-up HERE

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 17:00

The PostDoc Committee is launching the '3 Slide Talks', a series of talks for postdocs from all disciplines to share their research with the diverse college community.

Postdocs are invited to present their research in three slides, lasting 15 minutes, with 5-10 minutes for a Q&A at the end. The theme of the talks will vary. Speakers are encouraged to be as creative as they wish with the presentation, but the three slide rule applies.

Sample Presentation Format (where appropriate, supported by visuals or text):
Slide 1 - Thesis statement or key research question(s).
Slide 2 - Why this is an original contribution to knowledge/humanity.
Slide 3 - How this research will enrich the audiences' daily life. What is the impact of your research?

If you have questions, please email Keri kkyw3@cam.ac.uk or Marianne mhe25@cam.ac.uk

The talks will start at 5pm and discussions can continue into the evening, over a pint and some pizza.

Sign-up HERE

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 19:00
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 19:45

Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness': The Emotions, the Ideas, and a Lie

Yoko Okuda
Professor of Literature, Atomi University, Tokyo

Clare Hall Colloquium Homepage

Thursday, November 2, 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 development@clarehall.cam.ac.uk 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, November 2, 2017 - 13:30

Paul's Great Game: Russia, Napoleon and the Conquest of British India

David Schimmelpennick, Brock University

Venue: Clare Hall Meeting Room

The paper examines Paul I's ill-fated expedition to India of 1801. It describes the preparations and execution of Ataman Orlov-Denisov's mission in January of that year in the context of the Napoleonic Wars, as well as previous French schemes to conquer the subcontinent. Historians have described Paul's scheme as "vaguely prepared and ill-conceived," and "a wild adventure." What did Russians know about the lands that separated Russia's steppe frontier from British India at the turn of the nineteenth century? I address this question with a brief discussion of the state of military Orientology at the time. At the same time, I consider the place of India in Russian geopolitical thought in Catherinian and Pauline Russia.

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 17:30

Instead of the usual Family Supper, we will be at the Institute of Astronomy from 7.45pm onwards, viewing stars.

In addition to viewing the stars, you are welcome to attend the lectures afterwards, but please be advised they are not targeted at children. We appreciate this event is towards the end of the day - please accept our apologies for that, and we hope to see as many of you as possible regardless. Due to the late time, there will be no usual Family Supper, but you can, of course, dine at the College as usual.

If the lovely English weather lets us down, we will have a backup plan involving stargazing in an alternative way. We will, of course, inform you of any changes.

If you would like to attend this event, we kindly ask you to sign up by clicking on the links below.

Just viewing the stars - https://goo.gl/forms/nJC7LY3kqaKkpOSm1

Lectures and viewing - www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-under-the-stars-tickets-37786800337?aff=CHPdocIOANight

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