Latest issue: CAM 88

In the Michaelmas term issue of CAM, Lady Hale (Girton 1963) and third-year Mathematician Maisie Muir discuss Yorkshire roots and the challenge of being outnumbered, we investigate how modern technology is forcing human rights into the spotlight, and discover what Jane Austen would have to say about our digital lives. 

Highlights include:

  • My room, your room: Lady Hale (Girton 1963), now president of the Supreme Court, meets the current occupant of her old room.
  • Inflammation: It’s linked to obesity, diabetes and depression, but its full action and impact are yet to be fully understood.
  • Human rights in a digital age: Modern technology – from data to social media – is forcing human rights into the spotlight.
  • Austen in the 21st century: Beyond the carriages and costumes, Jane Austen has more to say about our digital lives than you might imagine.
  • How to be modern: Why do students want to decolonise their curricula, and what does it have  to do with the rest of us?
  • Absolute zero: Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero, on meeting the climate change challenge.
  • Educate. Empower. Entertain: The Cambridge University African Caribbean Society is no standard society – it’s a celebration, a safe space and a campaign.

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Welcome to the Michaelmas Term edition of CAM. Resolving the problems of the 21st century requires fresh thinking – and well-informed thinkers. So it will come as no surprise to hear that, in Cambridge, curricula are continually assessed and reviewed. However, in the past few years, this quest has become more searching, as academics and students endeavour to ‘decolonise’ the curriculum. If you’ve ever wondered what the fuss is all about – and what it has to do with you – turn to our report on page 34.

What would Jane Austen have thought? It might sound counterintuitive, but, as Professor Janet Todd points out on page 28, the great chronicler of Georgian domestic life has much to say to the denizens of our own century.

Elsewhere, on page 40, Dr Emily Shuckburgh discusses how a major new initiative, Cambridge Zero, will harness Cambridge expertise from across the University to tackle the climate emergency. On page 21 we assess what digital technology means for human rights law, and on page 14 we examine the role of inflammation in heart disease, obesity and depression. On all these topics – along with anything else Cambridge-related – we look forward to your contribution to the debate, whether by post, email 
or on social media.