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.)
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
'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.'
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.
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.