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End of 'A Great Campaign' Celebration

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On Saturday 9 July, we welcomed over 250 donors and supporters back to the College to celebrate the successful completion of 'A Great Campaign'. 

This event was a lovely occasion in which we recognised and reflected on the generosity of our supporters past and present. The day will began at 10am with an array of fascinating talks, tours, and discussions as well as art activities and musical performances.  Highlights included:

* Net Zero and Beyond with Girton alumnae Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM FRS FRENG and Dr Alison Monaghan MBE FGS CGEOL and Girton Fellows Dr Shaun Fitzgerald OBE FRENG and Dr Stuart Scott.
* Women in Sport-The Revolution is Underway with Girtonians Dawn Airey, Dr Alistair Brownlee MBE, Eleanor Oldroyd and Professor Dame Sarah Springman DBE FRENG.
* An In Conversation with the College Visitor, Lady Hale, discussing her recently published autobiography ‘Spider Woman’.
* Celebratory Concert with Joanna Harries (mezzo-soprano), Kevin Loh (guitar) and Dr Martin Ennis (piano)  

And many more!

In the evening we all came together for drinks, dinner, and dancing with entertainment from comedian Dr Phil Hammond, Jazz by The Tim Boniface Band ft. Irene Serra, and James Pearson, pianist extraordinaire and Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in Soho. We ended the evening with Cambridge’s best loved rootsy, blues and R’n’B band, Mystery Train.  


Please see below a selection of photographs from the celebrations. We hope you enjoy them!

Saturday 9 July 2022 - End of ‘A Great Campaign’ celebration


The Highlights! This video captures a flavour of the talks, music, dancing and more. This celebration was a tribute to our supporters and showcased all that is best about our College. Recordings of most of the talks can also be found below.

End of A Great Campaign Celebration

Dr Arik Kershenbaum, Girton Fellow and Director of Studies in Natural Sciences, will give an informal presentation about his research and his latest book: The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy: What Animals on Earth Reveal about Aliens – and Ourselves.

This session will explore the experiences of several successful entrepreneurs all of whom have an affiliation with Girton College. The panel also includes investors and advisors who will help provide a view into the complex industries that support high growth companies and add context to the entrepreneur’s journey.

Speakers: James Anderson (Bursar), Rob Durkin (2004), Amar Radia (1991) and Sabesan Sithamparanathan (former Tucker-Price Research Fellow in Science)

The emergence and spread of infections deceases with pandemic potential has occurred regularly throughout history—Covid-19 is simply the latest pandemic. Chaired by Girtonian, Dr Phil Hammond (1981 Medical Sciences), this session will be a discussion between Catharine Arnold (1979 English), who will give us the historical perspective particularly in relation to the deadliest influenza in 1918, and Official Fellow, The Revd Dr Charlie Bell, on COVID-19 public health management today.

Join us for a sneak peek at a Girton-focused book collaboration between Carol Adlam (Mary Amelia Cummins Harvey Visiting Fellow Commoner) and James Wade (Jane Elizabeth Martin Fellow in English). You’ll encounter artwork and/or poems about paradoxical boxes, puddles, giant eggs, teenage trees, outlaw cyclists, fed-up librarians, optical prostheses, interstitial vacuities, funny mirrors, thumb wrestling, mummies, mistresses, Crackers (the dog, not the snack), and the occasional Girtonian captured in their natural habitat.

Girton’s art residency dates from 2013. It enables early-career visual artists to live and work in the College for up to a year. The hope is that their creativity will be influenced by us – by the history, geography and materiality of the site, by the Fellows, staff, and students who inhabit it – and that our thinking and practices might in turn be shaped by their presence. Join former Artist in residence, Yelena Popova (2016–17), as she talks about her residency at Girton and its consequences.

Join the College Visitor, Lady Hale, in conversation with former Vice-Mistress, and Fellow in Law, Karen Lee, discussing her extraordinary life from her recently published autobiography 'Spider Woman'.

This session will review the current state of the climate, the current trajectory and the options which have been considered by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The panel will discuss which of these really are possible and whether any of them are in fact satisfactory. The discussion will then move onto the options for not just preventing further climate change disasters but repairing our climate.

Speakers: Dr Shaun Fitzgerald OBE FRENG (1986), Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM FRS FRENG (1970), Dr Alison Monaghan MBE FGS CGEOL (1991), Dr Stuart Scott (Fellow)

Interest in women’s sport has never been higher. 33 million people watched domestic competitions in 2021, a record driven by The Hundred & The FA Women’s Super League. Commercial sponsors are chasing these new audiences. Women’s sport is beginning to get the recognition it deserves, but it is still light years behind men’s sport investment from grass roots to professional levels. The panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities in Women’s Sport drawing on their own rich set of personal experiences.

Please join two elite Triathletes - Professor Dame Sarah Springman (1978), Dr Alistair Brownlee (2006), a pioneering sports journalist, Eleanor Oldroyd (1981), and the Chair of the FA’s Women’s Professional Leagues, Dawn Airey (1981), for a great debate.

The unveiling of the latest portrait in the unique collection of People's Portraits, a permanent exhibition housed at Girton on long-term loan from the individual members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The reception marked the donation to the exhibition of Toby by Peter Brown RP. In addition visiting artist Carol Adlam (Mary Amelia Cummins Harvey Fellow Commoner) gave a portrait-themed talk titled The Dentist, the Former Thief, the Hairdresser, the Student: Story Time in Portraiture.

Recording coming soon! The current Mistress (19th and third-longest-serving) gives a light-hearted whistle-stop tour of the past Mistresses, by way of curious incidents, tall tales and hidden figures.


Please find below the full programme, timings and further details about each event and the speakers/performers.

Programme Front Cover