Girton College – the first in the UK to provide degree level instruction and examination for women – is celebrating its 150th anniversary.
Over 1,000 people from all corners of the world will gather over three days to reflect on a radical history, engage in cutting edge debate, and enjoy a remarkable display of music and the arts.
Highlights include the world premiere of Jasper Dommett’s ‘Fanfare to Girton’, a keynote lecture by Britain’s top diplomat, Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce, a performance of Jessica Swale’s game changing play ‘Blue Stockings’, and a ‘march through time’ with historical re-enactment, period costume, and a Victorian band.
There are more than 90 individual events to choose from, with special guests, including Baroness Hale of Richmond, Professor Lord Martin Rees, Dr Rowan Williams, and the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, Professor Stephen Toope. There will be debates on 100 years of women in law, the future of higher education, and the challenges of ageing, and a full programme of lectures and conversations.
The online programme with the line-up of scholars, artists, musicians, magicians and more is here
The Head of Girton College, the Mistress – Professor Susan J. Smith said:
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate the game changing role that Girton has played in the history of higher education. It is also a great moment to plan for the future of a College steeped in Excellence, Inclusion, Inspiration and Resilience.”