March Newsletter 2019

Congratulations to George Rosenfeld (2017), who has received the Vice Chancellor’s Social Impact Award 2019. George founded the May Week Alternative (MWA), an initiative to encourage Cambridge students to celebrate May Week by making the world a better place. The MWA invites students to donate the approximate cost of a May Ball ticket to the charity Against Malaria Foundation. This year, over 150 University students have joined the MWA, raising more than £30,000 for the charity. Read.

Trinity’s Antechapel is hosting ‘Black Cantabs: History Makers’ an exhibition of portraits of Cambridge graduates, alongside new portraits of Ofcom CEO Sharon White and current Trinity students. The exhibition tells the stories of black students in Cambridge, from forgotten pioneers of centuries past to the student successes of today. The exhibition runs until Sunday 31 March and all are welcome. Read.

Three teachers who inspired their students to apply to Cambridge have won the Trinity College 2019 Inspirational Teachers’ Award. First year undergraduates are invited to nominate a teacher or careers adviser who particularly inspired their passion for a subject, encouraged them to apply to Cambridge, or supported them through the application process. Read.

Former Master Professor Amartya Sen (1953) is the latest recipient of the Bodley Medal, awarded by the Librarian of the Bodleian Library to individuals who have made “outstanding contributions to the worlds of literature, culture, science and communication”. The honour was awarded on 26 March by Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University of Oxford and Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian. Read.

“Brexit is the second biggest crisis since the Second World War, and it’s in my field. I want to talk about it now, not analyse what went wrong in 20 year’s time.” Professor Catherine Barnard (e2016), Fellow in Law and Senior Tutor discusses why law underpins every aspect of how Brexit will play out in CAM magazine 86. Read.

Sir Antony Gormley (1968) and Yale astrophysicist Professor Priya Natarajan (1993) have collaborated to create their first virtual reality artwork ‘Lunatick’, which aims to recreate the sensation of walking on the moon. It uses data collected by NASA to map a real and interactive journey, leaving Earth to pass through the atmosphere, stratosphere, the asteroid belt, and into outer space. ‘Antony Gormley: Lunatick’ lifts off at the Store X, 180 Strand, London from 5-25 April 2019. Read.

The Cambridge Series at the Hay Festival 2019 runs from 25th May to 2nd June with Trinity speakers including Dr Emily Shuckburgh (1994), who will ask ‘How will climate change affect me?’ Dr Adrian Weller (1988) will discuss ‘Where AI meets ethics’, Lord Martin Rees (1960) will deliberate ‘On the future prospects for humanity’, and Dr Catherine Aiken (e2016) will talk about ‘Your granny’s bump – how life in the womb affects future generations’. Festival booking opens on Friday 29 March. Read.

At the end of February, TCSU’s BME Officer Wanipa Ndhlovu (2018) co-hosted an event to discuss diversity at Trinity, with Admissions Tutor and Fellow for Ethnic Diversity, Dr Glen Rangwala (1993). Wanipa shares her hopes and aims for the work that she and the College are undertaking to support BME students, and to encourage applications. Read.

Cambridge Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J. Toope (1983) shares a selection of favourite titles from his bookshelves in the ‘Shelfie’ feature in the latest issue of CAM magazine. Read.

Dr Tanya Hutter (2009), Research Associate at the Department of Chemistry, has co-written Anna and Evan Meet Charles Darwin, an educational book designed to teach young children about the natural world and to spark their interest in science. Anna and Evan have a magical adventure in the Galapagos Islands where they meet Charles Darwin, discover unusual animals and learn some interesting scientific facts. Dr Hutter hopes it will be the first in a series of children’s books about famous scientists, with the next book focusing on Marie Curie. Read. 

As part of the celebrations to mark 75 years since the ‘Great Escape’ of World War II, Dr Hugh Hunt (e1990) recreated elements of the escape by 76 RAF airmen from Stalag Luft III for ‘The Great Escape with Dan Snow’ at the Eventim Apollo on 24 March. Read.

Trinity College Chapel Choir alumni Catherine King (1982) and Julian Podger (1987) form half of the medieval vocal ensemble Gothic Voices, and will be performing at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival on 24 May. ‘The Dufay Spectacle’ celebrates the work of the pre-Renaissance composer, and their acclaimed CD and downloads are available on the Gothic Voices website.

Congratulations to Alexander Armstrong (1989) one of the intrepid team who took on all 5,895 metres of Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Comic Relief, raising an incredible £2.7m. Read.

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London: Trinity Women’s Network Drinks, Wednesday 3 April. Details.

Tokyo: Trinity in Japan Drinks Thursday 4 April – BOOK BY 29 MARCH – Details.

Hong Kong: Master in Hong Kong, Monday 8 April. Tickets available online.

Singapore: Master in Singapore, Tuesday 9 April. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: 40 Years of Women at Trinity, Sunday 28 April. Tickets available online.

SW France: Laure-Minervois 2019 Cantab Reunion, Friday 17 – Tuesday 19 May. Tickets available online.

Henley-on-Thames: Trinity Golf Day, Thursday 20 June, Huntercombe Golf Course. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Cambridge: Trinity Family Day, Sunday 7 July. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Cambridge: TrinTalk 2019, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

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