Widening Participation during Black History Month

Dr Judy Muthuri, Associate Professor at Nottingham University Business School and coordinator of the Africa Diaspora Academic Network (ADAN–UK), discusses the third annual Widening Participation initiative taking place during Black History Month. As part of Black History Month celebrations, on Wednesday 28 October Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) hosted 40 young people from Years 3-12 …

A Time to Break Silence – Martin Luther King and 2001: A Space Odyssey

Patrick Henderson is a first-year PhD student in the Department of American and Canadian Studies and a research associate with the Centre for Research in Race and Rights. He is currently researching the influence of American popular culture on Jamaican communities in New York City, having recently completed his MA thesis on Underground Resistance, Afrofuturism and …

Tackling discrimination in football – our conversation with Brendon Batson & Troy Townsend

On Thursday 15 October, University of Nottingham Sport were delighted to welcome ex-West Brom footballer Brendon Batson and Troy Townsend, Education and Development Manager with Kick It Out, for a conversation about racism and discrimination in football. It was fascinating but often shocking to hear these speakers talk about their personal experiences both on and off …

Africarmen and the importance of scheduling culturally diverse performances

In this blog post, Madeleine Hardy, intern at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, provides an insight into the upcoming performance of Africarmen and its relevance during Black History Month. Tavaziva Dance bring Africarmen to Nottingham Lakeside Arts with Artistic Director Bawren Tavaziva’s most ambitious work to date. While the performance is based on Georges Bizet’s famous opera, …

Highlights from ‘Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners’ with David Olusoga

On Monday 12 October, we were joined by David Olusoga, historian and broadcaster to explore ‘Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners’, named for the BBC documentary David presented earlier this year. We also heard insightful talks from Katie Donington, Centre for Research in Race and Rights (who worked with David on the television programme) and Dr Susanne …

Clarks in Jamaica – you should’ve been there

I went to the fascinating Clarks in Jamaica talk at Nottingham Lakeside Arts last night. It really stood out as one of the most intriguing events on our (pretty special) Black History Month programme, and it didn’t disappoint. DJ and cultural historian Al Newman (Al Fingers) told the story of Clarks’ incredible popularity in Jamaica, …

Making Waves – the life stories of black, British citizens from African-Caribbean communities

Patcee Francis, filmmaker and director of Making Waves, discusses the documentary ahead of our public screening and Q&A on Wednesday 14 October. Making Waves is a new film from Syncopate Media and comparing the lives of young black people growing up in the 1980’s with those growing up today. Nearly 40 years after the 1976 …

Launching Black History Month 2015

On Friday 2 October, we launched our programme for Black History Month 2015 with an evening of music and performance at the Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre. The evening kicked off with an introduction from Dr Paul Greatrix, the University’s Registrar, who highlighted that Black History Month was an opportunity to celebrate BME cultures and achievements across the …

Explore Caribbean funeral traditions through an award-winning film

Catherine Ross, Founder and Director of SKN Heritage Museum, will be introducing the museum’s first documentary film, Nine Nights, at a special screening of the film at Nottingham Lakeside Arts on Monday 5 October from 6pm as part of our Black History Month 2015 programme of events. The film has already won an award and …

Events for Black History Month 2015

Black History Month kicks off this week, marking the start of a month of celebrating black history, art and culture at The University of Nottingham and beyond. We’ve got a range of events taking place on campus and in the city, ranging from music and spoken word to public lectures. Almost all are free. Get …