October 3, 2016, by Michael Jennings
Welcome to Black History Month 2016!
Val Watson, Chair of the University’s BME Network, introduces the University’s exciting programme for Black History Month 2016.
For the fourth year running, the University is celebrating Black History Month. The programme showcases activities and events across our schools, departments and professional services. All these events are open to everyone – so come along, whether you’re staff, a student or member of the public.
The events programme includes public talks, live music performances and film screenings and much more. Find a full list of our activities in this poster gallery – highlights include:
- Learning in Womanist Ways – in which Dr Jan Etienne, Birbeck, University of London, discusses her book exploring the benefits of lifelong learning for black Caribbean women who came to Britain in the 1950s and 1960s
- a celebration with internationally-acclaimed live music, including Natalie Duncan
- “Unspeakable things unspoken”: Transatlantic Slavery, a public conversation – a conference examining the ways in which slavery has figured in British public history
- Let’s play vinyl – an opportunity for the public to play records on Heritage HiFi, a unique sound system
- screening of SEMBÈNE! and discussion at Broadway Cinema
- Beyond the Walls: murals as activism – the team behind the new Pathways Black History Mural discuss murals as activism and screen a new film
- and much more…
This year, we’re partnering with local organisations such as Nottingham Contemporary, the New Art Exchange, Rough Trade Nottingham and the Broadway Cinema to bring our events out to the wider community. We’re hoping that by making these events accessible to as large a group as possible, we’ll generate some fascinating conversations. This is in addition to work from departments within the University – such as the Centre for Research in Race and Rights, Nottingham Lakeside Arts and the School of Chemistry – who will be marking the month in their own ways. Details will follow in future blog posts.
Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the culture and history of BME communities and the University is proud to be a part of this. This programme invites all to be part of the celebrations and to join the conversation.
We look forward to welcoming you to our events. You can contact our People and Culture Team if you have any queries at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow the People and Culture blog throughout the month, as we will be posting news, updates on events, and more. Have an idea for a blog post? Let us know!