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News from Selwyn College

March 2014 Issue 7

Cambridge Literary Festival Cambridge Literary Festival is running this year from 1st April - 6th April and promises to be another great occasion for the city and the University. Two of the 112 speakers taking part in the 6 day festival have close connections to Selwyn College. Amer Rana (Fellow) will be one of three speakers on the development and potential of stem cell research. For more information on Dr Rana's forthcoming talk please Click Here. Viv Groskop (SE 1991) is performing her stand-up comedy show which had great recent success at the Edinburgh Fringe. For more information about Viv's show Click Here.

Medical Elective Fund Lectures and Dinner On 27th February Dr Bob Whitaker (SE 1957 and Emeritus Fellow) hosted an evening, along with Selwyn College's medical students, to highlight the work done recently by medics who have travelled abroad during the summer break. The evening was a great opportunity for current and former medical professionals to see what opportunities are now available to medical students at Selwyn College. To read the elective reports featured in the evening's talks and to learn more about the Medical Elective Fund Click Here.

New Selwyn Choir CD The Selwyn College Chapel Choir accompanied by Onyx Brass, organist Timothy Parsons, and directed by Sarah MacDonald, is featured on a recently released new CD - "Phillip Cooke Choral Music". Phillip Cook is a distinctive new voice amongst young British composers and the CD features a selection of both sacred and secular works including his choral work, 'The Hazel Wood', together with his Morning and Evening Canticles, and three modern Partsongs. For more information on how to purchase the new CD Click Here.


And finally...have a look at our Archive Images of the Month which now have their very own Flickr Page. This month's image is the concert programme of a special Smoking Concert held in 1914 to celebrate the Tercentenary meeting of the Controversialists. The Society was founded in February 1893 according to a note in the first surviving minute book which is dated 1897. The object of the society, according to the rules pasted into volume 2 in 1909, was "the reading and discussion of English poetry and drama". The total number of members could not exceed 12 although this number appears to have been increased later. Meetings were held on Sundays in Michaelmas and Lent terms and also in May if a quorum of five members could be arranged. The Society badge was a lyre and it is unclear how long the Society continued in existence.

Elizabeth Stratton, Archivist. March 2014.

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