Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, was welcomed to Trinity by the Master, Dame Sally Davies and Serena Cole, President of Trinity College Students’ Union.
The three women are all trailblazers in their respective roles.
Dame Sally, the first female Master of Trinity, said she was delighted to welcome Nancy Pelosi – the first woman to hold the role of Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
Among the first people Nancy Pelosi talked to at Trinity was Serena Cole, the first black female President of TCSU. Serena, a third-year Medical student, currently interning at the Cambridge MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, said she was thrilled to meet the Speaker of the House.
As an active participant in student politics and an American citizen, I was especially excited about the visit. It’s brilliant to see Trinity welcome such a renowned woman on the global stage.
The party visited the Wren Library where the Librarian, Dr Nicolas Bell showed them documents signed by George Washington and General Custer, as well as manuscripts of Lord Tennyson. Nancy Pelosi quoted lines from Tennyson’s poem Locksley Hall, which are inscribed on the walls of the House of Representatives’ Science Committee Room. ‘For I dipped into the future, far as human eyes could see, saw the vision of the world and all the wonder that would be.’
After photographs in Great Court, the Speaker of the House proceeded to the Cambridge Union Society for a special event.
The Cambridge Union Society President Keir Bradwell and President-Elect James Vitali had invited Nancy Pelosi to speak to members. She has accepted honorary membership of the Society in recognition of her work on free and fair elections.
Dame Sally Davies said:
I was absolutely delighted to host the Speaker of the House at Trinity today with Serena Cole. It was a great honour to talk with Nancy Pelosi and share some of Trinity’s treasures in the Wren Library. We very much hope Trinity can host the Speaker of the House in future.
Nancy Pelosi’s address to the Cambridge Union Society is available via @SpeakerPelosi on Twitter.
Photography: Graham CopeKoga