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University of Cambridge Lecturer Visits BISS Puxi

10 March 2015

On the 25 and 26 March we are very lucky to be welcoming professional historian and University of Cambridge professor Dr Hester Vaizey to our school.

  • Dr Hester Vaizey from the University of Cambrdige visits BISS Puxi

Dr Vaizey is lecturer in Modern European History, and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. She also oversees all of the history applications and interviews for Clare College.  Her expertise ties in very well with both the IGCSE 20th Century Modern World History syllabus and the 20th Century World History IB syllabus, undertaken by our Key Stage 4 and 5 students here at BISS Puxi.

During her visit Dr Vaizey will be working with students and teachers and providing an evening lecture students, parents and others from the community.

For students Dr Vaizey will run a workshop on the university application process for universities in the UK. This will clearly explain the Oxbridge (Oxford and Cambridge) application procedure and offer advice and guidance on writing personal statements as well as interview tips and techniques. She will also give a talk to students about life before and after the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Communism, based on her latest research.

For teachers Dr Vaizey will be conducting a professional development workshop with the history departments from both BISS Puxi and BISS Pudong and there will be a workshop demystifying the Oxbridge application process, informing them how to best prepare students for interview and advising them on writing personal statements and letters of recommendation that will stand out.

For the wider community there will also be the opportunity to hear Dr Vaizey speak about the many faces of Nazi Germany, a look at some of the fascinating contrasts of the world’s most infamous dictatorship.

We look forward to what promises to be an exciting two days and hope you will join us for what will be an interesting talk on the many faces of Nazi Germany on Wednesday 25 March at 6:30pm.  There will be a small charge of 20 RMB to attend this event.  Please print off the letter below and return the reply slip along with the correct amount of money in a sealed envelope to the secondary reception by Friday 20 March.

Biography

Dr Vaizey studied for her BA, M Phil and PhD at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. She then took up a Hanseatic Scholarship from Oxford University. Following this she began teaching at Clare College, where she is currently Director of Studies in History for Prelim and Part I students, alongside her position at the Faculty as Lecturer in Modern German History.

Research Interests

Dr Vaizey’s research interests lie in the social and cultural history of modern Germany, with a particular focus on the history of gender and the history of experience. She has recently finished a book about the social, political and cultural transition following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Her 2010 monograph on the experiences of German families during and after the Second World War was shortlisted for the Women's History Network Prize and won the 2009 Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History.

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