The End of the World as We Know it? US Foreign Policy under President Trump

Donald Trump’s successful bid for the White House was marked out by a call to put ‘America First.’ In many quarters, Trump’s sound bite was interpreted as harking back to an isolationist mantra that had gained popular currency within the United States in the years leading up to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in December …

Sail On, L. Cohen

I was thinking of Leonard Cohen on the night of November 8th, aka Election Day in the US. His song “Democracy,” from his 1992 album The Future, was playing on a loop in my head. I had just finished high school in the summer of 1993 when I saw Cohen in concert, the very last …

The 2016 Election: A Seismic Shift to the Right

The stunning upset victory of Donald J. Trump over Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election signifies a seismic shift to the right in American politics. After January, when the family of Barack Obama cedes the White House to the Republican billionaire, Republicans will also control both houses of Congress and the Supreme Court. It …

Can we make Nottingham a slavery-free city?

Abolishing modern slavery is at the centre of Theresa May’s personal policy agenda.  National Government has mainly focussed on the implications for foreign policy, trade and development, and police enforcement, as well as responding to reports from the UK’s first independent anti-slavery commissioner, Kevin Hyland.  However slavery in the UK is principally encountered and addressed …

A perfect ending: 2016 Nottingham International Microfilm Festival

The 2016 Nottingham International Microfilm Festival (NIM) has finished, but its influence is wide-ranging and continues to be felt. This was the second annual edition of the festival, developed through the Nottingham Screen Partnership consortium, of which the University of Nottingham is a member. The festival took place at venues throughout Nottingham on 20-22 October …

Alexandra Depledge, MBE, reflects on how an American and Canadian Studies degree shaped her future success

Alexandra Depledge graduated with a degree in American Studies and History (with International Study) from Nottingham in 2003. Alex has since gone on to be the founder-CEO of Hassle.com, was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by TechCity Insider for 2014, and has recently been interviewed in a series on “Trailblazing Women” at the Huffington Post. …

Ending Slavery free online course starts 17 October

The world’s first ever massive open online course (MOOC) about contemporary slavery is open for registration now. Ending Slavery is a free four-week course starting on 17 October 2016. You’ll learn from experts at the cutting edge of human rights research, and you’ll investigate the complex systems that sustain slavery today. Professor Kevin Bales, one of the …

Goodbye Toulouse

Last week I left Toulouse, bringing my year abroad to a close. My parents came to pick me up, loaded all my belongings into the car (which seem to have multiplied tenfold since I arrived nine months ago) and off we went. Simple? Far from it. Leaving Toulouse was just like many of my experiences …

Donald Trump and American Democracy

American politics is very much in the global spotlight as candidates for the Democratic and Republican parties vie to become nominees in the presidential election in November. With the polarizing and extremist Donald Trump now the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party, many commentators, are asking what this means for American democracy. Christopher Phelps, Associate …

Studying Culture, Film and Media at Nottingham

I am final year International Media and Communications Studies student. I chose to come to Nottingham because I attended the summer school here in Year 12 and couldn’t see myself studying anywhere else. I loved the city and the beautiful green campus, and I knew this was the university for me.  Since Nottingham has two …