Clare Hall May Ball 2016

On 16 June 2016, Clare Hall Fellows, life members, students, staff, and honoured guests celebrated in style at our official May Ball.  Inspired by Truman Capote's 1966 event, guests enjoyed dinner, jazz, and cocktails in the lounge before dancing the night away.  The Fellows Garden, festooned with lights and filled with music, became the site of the Plaza Marquee, with NYC-themed food and sweets and performances by Churchill Jazz Small Band, headline act Radio On, DJ eight0eight,...

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23 June 2016

Clare Hall Women triumph in the May Bumps

Congratulations to the Clare Hall Women’s Rowing Team for achieving their Blades in the May Bumps. It was a particularly exciting Saturday with the women finishing the week with an over-bump and moving up a total of 6 places

The winning team (pictured) were; Stroke - Lauren Power, 7. Riham Al Ismaili (Vice Captain), 6. Patricia Vazquez Rodriguez, 5. Catalina Taltavull Carretero, 4. Laura Brooks, 3. Helena Pérez, (Women’s Captain), 2....

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13 June 2016

Ashby Lecture 2016

The annual Ashby Lecture was this year given by Professor Stefan Collini FBA, Professor Emeritus of Intellectual History and English Literature University of Cambridge and Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall. 

Professor Collini’s lecture was entitled 'Imagining universities: new worlds, old ideas?' and is available to view here.

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01 June 2016

Porters art exhibition

Head Porters are the unsung heroes of our Colleges and are the subject of a special exhibition by local portrait artist Louise Riley-Smith.  Louise decided to celebrate our Porters after her husband, a retired professor suggested it would be an interesting project. She spent around six hours with each porter, including our own Andy Taylor, to produce twenty five portrait paintings.  These will now be displayed in a special exhibition running from the 18th May – 24th June at The Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RP. 


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31 May 2016

Clare Hall King Lecture 2016

Harold Varmus: Inaugural King Lecturer for the Biomedical Sciences

Clare Hall has established a new annual lecture series, the King Lectures in Biomedical Sciences. This lecture series is made possible through a generous gift from Professor Donald West King. Donald King is a pathologist and has held faculty positions in Pathology at Yale, University of Colorado, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall.

Dr Harold Varmus visited Clare Hall for a week in April to deliver the inaugural King Lectures in Biomedical...

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31 May 2016

In Memoriam - Geoffrey Hawthorn

‘The history of social theorising in western Europe and the United States since the eighteenth century’ has very largely been ‘a history of failure’. With these words, written in 1976, Geoffrey Hawthorn, who died of leukaemia on 31 December 2015, aged 74, announced the conviction that was to inform his wholly distinctive relation to the social sciences over the next four decades. One of his deepest beliefs, which grew in strength and purchase over time, was that the ambition to develop a ‘science of society’ was fundamentally flawed. His readable and provocative short history, ...

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26 May 2016

The Clare Hall Graduate Conference

The Clare Hall Graduate Conference will take place on the 28th of May in the Richard Eden Suite and is a unique opportunity for students and Fellows to interact. There will be a panel discussion with students presenting and Fellows responding through a question and answer session. 

We encourage all the college community to participate, however due to room restrictions, the conference has limited space for 50 people, so register soon through this link: ...

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19 May 2016

London Marathon update

Clare Hall's Catering Manager Jason Fretwell successfully completed the 2016 London Marathon in 3 hours and 39 minutes, raising £13,800 for the charity Grief Encounter. Congratulations from all us of at Clare Hall and thank you to everyone who sponsored Jason.

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16 May 2016

Clare Hall's 50th Anniversary Black & White Ball 2016 is SOLD OUT!

We are thrilled to announce that Clare Hall's May Ball has officially SOLD OUT!  We are looking forward to welcoming Clare Hall fellows, life members, staff, students, and their guests to celebrate with us on 16th June. It will be a fantastic evening of dinner, dancing, cocktails and live music, including 60s standards performed by talented Clare Hall musicians in our intimate cocktail lounge and Churchill Jazz in the marquee. And you won't want to miss our headline act, Radio On!


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13 May 2016

Preisfrage 2016

As part of the College’s 50th birthday Clare Hall has revived the Enlightenment tradition of "Preisfrage", or academic prize question, as a tribute to the enormous intellectual diversity and vibrancy that is a hallmark of our college.

Historically a custom from the 18th century where academies of arts and science around Europe, particularly in Germany, would regularly publish a Preisfrage: a very general question that anyone could answer, with a prize awarded to the best entry.

Clare Hall’s 2016 Preisfrage question was SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL?...

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06 May 2016