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WHO Global Violence Reduction Conference

If you’re in Cambridge pre-freshers and fancy getting your brain back in gear, why not consider attending or even volunteering at the WHO Global Violence Reduction Conference at King’s College from the 17th-19th September. Speakers include the world-renowned psychologist Stephen Pinker.

The World Health Organization and the University of Cambridge Presents

Steven Pinker: The Past, Present and Future of Violence

West Road Concert Hall, University of Cambridge

Friday 19 September 2014, 18:30-19:30

Free Admission

Renowned experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist, and popular science author Steven Pinker (Harvard University) will address the widely-held impression that we are living in extraordinarily violent times, when in fact rates of violence at all scales have been in decline over the course of history. The lecture will discuss how human nature comprises faculties that encourage violence, such as dominance and revenge, but also faculties that inhibit it, such as self-control, empathy and reason. Pinker also speculates on how some of the historical processes that reduced violence in the past might help to further reduce violence in the future.

The Canadian-born US academic has been named Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Society and listed in Foreign Policy Magazine’s “The World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.”

The lecture is the public event of the WHO and University of Cambridge Global Violence Reduction Conference 2014 and supported by the UBS Optimus Foundation.

For more information about the event, please visit our Facebook page:

or the Violence Research Centre Website:


Want to boost your CV by volunteering at a high profile conference? Fancy networking with leading academics and professionals in the violence reduction field?

The Violence Research Centre of the Institute of Criminology and the World Health Organization are organising the Global Violence Reduction Conference 2014 at King’s College, Cambridge on the 17th-19th of September.

We are looking for volunteers to join our team and help make this a great event by helping out during the days of the conference. The roles require a commitment to full-time work during three days (17th-19th of September), as well as a training session beforehand.

We also need volunteers to work on the public lecture by Steven Pinker. This promises to be a fantastic event with high demand, so volunteering is a great way of ensuring a spot during the lecture.

Only applicants who can commit to working for the duration of the period will be considered for the conference. Separate applications for the Steven Pinker lecture are welcome.

Please send your application (CV and cover letter) to Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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‘Welcome to Cambridge’ Parties

Welcome to the new freshers joining us in October! The hard part- getting in to the best college- is over, and you’re probably all raring to go for Freshers’ Week 2014.

If you’d like to know more about what to expect in Cambridge and meet other freshers, a good place to start is at a Welcome To Cambridge event. These events are known informally as “freshers’ parties” and happen around the country and internationally in the lead up to matriculation in October.

You’ll be in Cambridge for the next 3/4/1,000,000 years (sorry medics) so learning a bit about the place before you arrive and meeting your fellow first-years can get you off to a flying start.  All the events are organised by Cambridge alumni who have experienced tripos and will be able to answer any questions you might have and put your mind at ease if you’re a bit nervous.

Have a look at the timetables and invitation from the alumni below, and if you’ve any questions, please email Jennie Hastie at

2014 Invitation – students

2014 International Timetable – New Students version

2014 UK Timetable – New Students version

welcome to cambridge

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Opportunity for producers, actors, writers and directors

This just in from COGGLES (Cambridge Old Graduate and Graduand Light Entertainment Society):

“It is with great pleasure I announce that there will be a COGGLES show at the end of September in Cambridge. We are looking for a producer and a director (deadline Monday 21st July) and writers (deadline Sunday 3rd August) of a humorous 1 hour play. If you are interested in acting in the show (few rehearsals in September), sign up here, and there you can see the original audition notice in its full glory.

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