The Impact of Jesus in First-Century Palestine by Dr Rosie Luff

Although the archaeological evidence indicates a prosperous and thriving Galilee in the early first century CE, the Gospel texts suggest a society under stress, where the rich were flourishing at the expense of the poor. In this multi-disciplinary study, Clare Hall Emeritus Fellow Rosemary Luff, contributes to current debates concerning the pressures on early first-century Palestinian Jews, particularly with reference to socio-economic and religious issues. She examines Jesus within his Jewish environment in order to understand why he rose to prominence when he did, and what motivated him to... Read more

21 August 2019

Graduation Ceremony

A large group of graduands, their family and guests, joined the President and the Fellow Deputy Praelector for a splendid graduation dinner on Friday 19 July. The following day, on Saturday 20 July, the Deputy Praelector presented the following for their degrees: 8 Doctors of Philosophy, 1 Master of Arts, 6 Masters of Law, 12 Masters of Philosophy, 5 Masters of Advanced Study, and 1 Master of Education.Warm congratulations to all!Photo GalleryPhoto credit: Tim Bond Read more

06 August 2019

Lost in Wonderland - The Clare Hall Summer Soiree 2019

We are pleased to say that July’s Lost in Wonderland event, hosted by the Clare Hall Summer Soirée Committee, was a huge success. The sold-out event was attended by Clare Hall Fellows, students and staff, as well as guests from outside the College. Our President, David Ibbetson; Bursar, Ian Strachan and Vice President, Alan Short were also in attendance.Surrounded by flamingos, crazy mirrors, outsized mushrooms, playing cards, and chess, the guests were entertained by Eleanor Medcalf’s music on the harp, Chloë Meade and Ben de Souza's violin-accordion duo, and ambient... Read more

05 August 2019

Clare Hall Reunion - The Michael Stoker years

The College celebrated Michael Stoker’s presidency with our annual Clare Hall Reunion on Saturday 13 July. Guests travelled from all over the world to join the celebrations, some as far as New Zealand. Michael Stoker, a former director of the Imperial Cancer Research Laboratories, was president of Clare Hall from 1980 to 1987. Professor Ermanno Gherardi, from the University of Pavia, spoke about his scientific legacy, while Professor Hugh Williamson OBE, talked about life at Clare Hall during the 1980s.Thank you to everyone who attended, and we look forward to our... Read more

24 July 2019

Clare Hall Boat Club

The Clare Hall Boat Club has had a very successful year, culminating in an impressive performance at the May Bumps. Both the women’s and men’s team were up for blades. The women came up against a formidable opponent and chased them the whole course. Unfortunately, the course was not long enough to catch them. The men’s team were luckier and earned their blades. To top this achievement, the +3 score for the women and +7 score for the men meant that Clare Hall has been awarded the Pegasus Cup. We are so proud of our teams and would like... Read more

15 July 2019

Salje Medal Presentation

Congratulations to Dr Visa Kurki on receiving the Salje Medal for his PhD dissertation in the Faculty of Law. The medal was presented by the President at formal hall on Wednesday 3 July 2019. Read more

07 July 2019

Clare Hall Awards Reception

It was with great pleasure that the President and Assistant Senior Tutor hosted a reception on Thursday, 20 June 2019 for Clare Hall students who have recently won College bursaries and awards.We are very fortunate to have full funding for one PhD and several Master's students, generously provided by BP, Ivan Jankovic of Serbia, and the late Professor Denis Boak of Western Australia. The Boak fund also supports many of our graduate students' research, so they can travel to international conferences to present papers, do field work, and host high... Read more

25 June 2019

The Clare Hall Cricket Match: A Message from the Domestic Bursar

It is with deep regret that owing to the deteriorating weather conditions, the Annual Cricket match, due to be played tomorrow, is cancelled.  On a personal note, I would like to extend my gratitude to those who have worked incredibly hard in the background to try and make this happen.  Sadly, the weather conditions defeated us.Stella IsaacDomestic Bursar, Clare Hall Read more

18 June 2019

Clare Hall at the May Bumps 2019

We have two Clare Hall boats competing during the May Bumps this year and both have the possibility of going up a division. The May Bumps will take place over four days, starting on Wednesday 12 June through to Saturday 15 June. On Wednesday our men's team will be in M4 division beginning at 3.15 pm, and our women's team will be in W4 division starting at 2.30 pm. For all other division times, please check the CUCBC website. If you would like to support the Clare Hall crews, then we recommend the... Read more

11 June 2019

St Cross College Formal Dinner Swap

Earlier this month a group of Clare Hall students were hosted at St. Cross College, Oxford (our sister college) for the annual formal swap. Students from St. Cross greeted us upon arrival, gave us a tour of Oxford's key sites and colleges, and welcomed us to a formal dinner followed by cheese and port in their student bar. Thank you to our hosts for making us feel so welcome.Emily J. GoodacreClare Hall PhD student  Read more

31 May 2019

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 - 12:30pm

All Life Members and friends are welcome to attend our regular Life Member Lunch on the first and third Thursday of every month. If you would like to attend and do not already have a UPay card, then please purchase your meal card for £10.50 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 call 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.

Friday, 20 September 2019 - 9:00am

This interdisciplinary workshop brings together scholars, policy-makers, and representatives from the UN and NGOs to examine the limits of the current refugee regime and explore alternative solutions. More specifically, this event will be a starting point for a discussion on the suitability and durability of existing solutions to refugee crises and will help bridge the divide between those who formulate international policies, those who implement them, and the refugees who are ultimately affected.

Event organisers:

  • Sigrid Lupieri, Centre of Development Studies 
  • Dr. Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, Fellow and Tutor at Clare Hall, Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement

As places are limited, registration is open until 8 June and participants will be selected based on their research interests and to promote a range of perspectives.

Full price tickets: £22
Students tickets: £10

Tickets can be booked here

If you have any questions about this event please contact Sigrid Lupieri.


Further links

Saturday, 21 September 2019 - 7:30pm


The London Klezmer Quartet is a dynamic group of performers whose deep understanding of klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of Eastern European Jews, is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

The group plays old and new traditional material guaranteed to move audiences from toe-tapping to tears and back again in moments.


Available on the door £10, £5 (students)


Dining Hall

Saturday, 28 September 2019 - 10:00am

As part of the University of Cambridge Alumni Festival Weekend, Clare Hall is showcasing a couple of our Clare Hall Fellows who will give a short talk on their work. These talks are open to all and will be held in the Richard Eden Suite at West Court, Herschel Road, Clare Hall on Saturday, 28 September from 10 am.

Event Programme

10 am  Coffee and tea served on arrival

10:15 - 10:45 am  Hasok Chang delivers a talk entitled Is physics the foundation of all sciences?

Hasok Chang is a Fellow of Clare Hall, and the Hans Rausing Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Until 2010 he taught at University College London, having taken his degrees in the United States. His research focuses on the history of chemistry and physics, and various general issues in the philosophy of science.

10:45 - 11:00 am Q & A

11:00 - 11:30 am  Carolyn Cobbold delivers a talk entitled Food to dye for. The normalisation of chemical food additives 

Carolyn Cobbold is a Research Fellow at Clare Hall investigating how man-made chemicals became legitimised as food ingredients. Before taking a PhD at Cambridge in the History of Science, Carolyn worked as a risk management journalist. Outside of academia, Carolyn has also been involved in helping make coastal communities more resilient to climate change. 

11:30 – 11:45 am  Q & A

If you have any questions regarding this event, please email the Development Office on or phone 01223 332368.


Saturday, 28 September 2019 - 12:30pm

We are delighted to invite Life Members and friends to attend a garden party at Clare Hall on Saturday 28 September 2019. The garden party is an opportunity to say a "thank you" for helping your college. The event is open to anyone who has supported Clare Hall in the past few years through either making a gift, volunteering their time and expertise or to all those who have indicated that they wish to leave a legacy to Clare Hall in their will. A personal invitation will be sent out to those invited shortly.

The afternoon’s programme will start from 12.30 pm with a drink on arrival, followed by a buffet lunch served in the Marquee on the lawn. After lunch, the President will say a few words followed by an opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues.

You are most welcome to bring a partner/spouse or family members.

Please register for this event using the link below and state any dietary requirements.

If you require any further information, please contact Catherine Wise, Development Officer on 01223 332368 or email on


Sunday, 29 September 2019 - 11:00am

Followed by lunch in the Clare Hall Dining Room.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019 - 8:00pm

Oedipus at Colonus, one of Sophocles’ Theban plays (to be performed in Greek at the Arts Theatre 16-19 October)

King Room, Clare Hall

Wednesday, 2 October 2019 - 7:00pm
Thursday, 3 October 2019 - 12:30pm

All Life Members and friends are welcome to attend our regular Life Members Lunch on the first and third Thursday of every month. If you would like to attend and do not already have a UPay card, then please purchase your meal card for £10.50 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 call 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.

Saturday, 5 October 2019 - 7:30pm

Ljubica Stojanović

J.S. Bach: Overture in French Style in b minor, BWV 831 

Overture, Courante, Gavotte I/II, Passepied I/II, Sarabande, Bourrèe, Gigue, Echo 

S. Rachmaninov: 10 Preludes Op. 23

Dining Hall, Clare Hall, Herschel Road, CB3 9AL, Cambridge


£15 (adults), £10 (students, children, pensioners)

Box Office - 07931287046

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Further Links

Raymond Nicolet Trust

Clare Hall Events