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Bsrat Mezghebe
31 October 2017
Bsrat Mezghebe, winner of the St John's College Harper-Wood Studentship, will be reading from her forthcoming novel on 3 November.Bsrat’s work explores how decades of war and displacement have affected familial and romantic relationships in Eritrea and its diaspora.
30 October 2017
A research centre that will pioneer new approaches to understand and treat neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases, motor neurone disease and frontotemporal dementia has been launched in Cambridge, with backing from Stephen Hawking, among others.Professor Hawking, who has had motor neurone disease for over 50 years, said...
25 October 2017
Genetic analysis of a pre-Norman skull unearthed in a garden in Hoxne, Suffolk, has added to a growing body of evidence that East Anglia may have been the epicentre of an epidemic of leprosy that spread through medieval England. A strain of the disease may have been brought to East Anglia’s coast line through contact with Scandinavia via Anglo-Saxon...
25 October 2017
The 17th Hinsley Memorial Lecture, held at St John’s, is to be given by Professor Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Oxford University. The lecture, which will take place on Thursday 9 November, is entitled ‘After Iraq: When to Go to War?’The lecture questions under which circumstances Britain should go to war after the...
18 October 2017
A witchcraft treatise published in the initial stages of the European Witch Craze; sworn testimony as to the real existence of sea serpents; and Elizabethan woodcut illustrations showing werewolves and unicorns as part of the natural world: With Halloween around the corner, St John’s is putting the mythical beasts and supernatural beings from its Special...
Statue of Johannes Kepler in Linz, via Wikimedia Commons
18 October 2017
The Victoria and Albert Museum is to host a complete opera for the first time with a public performance of Kepler’s Trial on November 9, it has been announced. Tickets for the event, which is also the opera’s London premiere and takes place as part of the V&A’s new exhibition, Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, are available now through the museum...
17 October 2017
The director of Love, Cecil, a new documentary about the photographer, diarist and designer, Cecil Beaton, will be speaking at St John’s this week about how the College archives helped her to craft a portrait of one of the 20th century’s most colourful artistic figures.
17 October 2017
Students of St John’s have raised more funds than ever before during this year’s Telethon, with alumni from around the world contributing to the success of the College’s most recent campaign. 
13 October 2017
St John’s College is once again the main venue partner for this year’s Cambridge Festival of Ideas, a two week celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences featuring an array of top speakers. All events are free and open to the public.Many events from this year’s programme will be taking place at the College, including many of the festival’s main...
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