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Girton150 festival – Saturday

Girton150 festival – Saturday

Highlights from our packed programme on Saturday included lectures and discussions with Dr Rowan Williams, Professor Martin Rees, Professor Caroline Humphrey, Daphne Todd, Dr Ingrid Pollard, Martin Rowson, Dr Phil Hammond, Lady Hale, Lady Arden, Dame Rosalyn Higgins, Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern and Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. Dame Karen Pierce also gave the fifth and final Girton150 Anniversary Festival Lecture. Students, alumni, staff and Fellows competed in Girton’s answer to University Challenge (hosted by Dr Margaret Mountford).

Festival goers learnt about the early history of the College with Dr Hazel Mills and investigated the groundbreaking research of today’s Girton Fellowship. Guided (and self-guided tours) of the buildings, historic gardens, orchard and the People’s Portraits Collection enabled everyone to explore the large College site. Internationally renowned musicians Dr Martin Ennis, Professor Margaret Faultless, Andrew Kennedy, Nicholas Mulroy, Jeremy West and Gareth Wilson, combined forces to perform in a special Early Music Concert.

The daytime events concluded with the first ever on-site full-length outdoor performance of Blue Stockings, a light show extravaganza, ‘Kaleidoscope’ and a concert with special guests, Tricity Vogue’s All-Girl Swing Band and Mystery Train, which ensured the celebrations continued late into the evening.

You can view a selection of photographs from the whole Festival Weekend via our Flickr account.

Selected video highlights:
Girton150 Festival: Women growing older gracefully?
A panel discussion chaired by Dr Phil Hammond with Alex Rotas, Professor Wendy Savage and Professor Sarah Harper. This discussion challenges the stereotypes about ageing and investigates the issues associated with living longer.

Girton150 Festival: Explore The Future – The World in 2050 and Beyond

The world has existed for 45 million centuries but this is the first when one species, ours, has the planet’s future in its hands. This talk addresses the opportunities offered by new technologies; bio, cyber, AI and space and the challenges stemming from the unsustainable pressures we’re collectively imposing on resources and the environment.

Girton150 Festival: Religion and Equality

How important is the concept of equality in religious traditions and beliefs? What part does religion play in promoting equality and justice in society, and what are the challenges that arise? This talk explores questions arising from Dr Williams’ experience in advocating for a fairer, more equal society.

Girton150 Festival: Good Finance, Bad Finance and Ugly Finance

How can finance be used to serve all citizens? The panel, led by Dr Kamiar Mohaddes, considers the role of finance in exacerbating crisis, but also its potential in ending poverty and increasing productivity.