What follows is a series of reflections written during the COVID-19 pandemic by Trinity Fellows of all disciplines. The reflections include personal stories, academic inspiration and responses based on ongoing research interests.
Vaccines and a grandfather
Adrian Poole, Fellow for Communications at Trinity and Emeritus Professor of English Literature, was inspired by Professor Huw Price’s Reflections and the current public health situation to consider afresh his grandfather’s life.
Will the economic consequences of COVID-19 change university teaching forever?
Professor John Rallison, a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at Cambridge, considers the long-term changes in university teaching wrought by the economic consequences of COVID-19
Reflections: Antibodies and the fight against coronavirus
Sir Gregory Winter succeeded in developing technologies for making human and human-like antibodies, which have since been used to treat a range of autoimmune conditions and cancer.
Cherry blossoms, impermanence, and pandemics
Mickey Adolphson is Keidanren Professor of Japanese Studies at Cambridge. He recalls his first visit to Japan, during the cherry blossom season, and reflects on ideas of impermanence in the age of coronarvirus.
A better world, post-pandemic?
Amartya Sen is a Nobel Laureate, Thomas W Lamont University Professor at Harvard, and Fellow and former Master of Trinity College. He considers what kind of world we can expect in the wake of the pandemic.
Reflections on Self-Isolation
Simon Blackburn was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge until his retirement in 2011. His most recent publication is On Truth (2018). He reflects on solitude.
Pandemics ancient and modern
Peter Sarris is Professor of Late Antique, Medieval and Byzantine Studies at Cambridge. His books include Economy and Society in the Age of Justinian (2006) and, with David Miller, The Novels of Justinian (2018).
Lessons from Russian Literature: In Praise of Everyday Life
Professor in Russian and Film Studies, Emma Widdis offers the latest reflection in praise of everyday life. Her most recent book is Socialist Senses: Film, Feeling and the Soviet Subject, 1917-1939 (Indiana University Press, 2017)
Olga Fabrikant-Burke is Chaplain at Trinity College. She is also completing a PhD in the Hebrew Bible at the University of Cambridge. She reflects on the opportunities and challenges of Virtual Evensong.
Universities must adapt to changing needs of students
Lord Martin Rees is the Astronomer Royal, Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at Cambridge, and Fellow and former Master of Trinity College.
Reflection: The Intimacy of Ink
Dr Carys Brown is a Junior Research Fellow in History. Her research focuses on eighteenth-century England; her particular interests include the social impact of religious difference and the history of children.
Reflection: Leaders’ speech and risky behaviour during a pandemic
Dr Tiago Cavalcanti of the Faculty of Economics, working with colleagues Dr Nicolás Ajzenman and Dr Daniel da Mata, considers the influence of political leaders on people’s behaviour.
Reflection: The Litmus
This reflection by Ali Smith, Senior Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts, takes the form of a foreword to a volume of work by UK school students in Years 9 to 13, The Litmus: Writing in Common, to be published shortly.
Guy Gunaratne, Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts, offers the latest in the series of Reflections by Trinity Fellows. Guy is the author of a prize-winning debut novel In Our Mad and Furious City published in 2018.