Friday 9 March

Institute for Advanced Studies Workshop: 'Alternative Rites of Passage'  

10.00am–2.00pm at College Court

Alternative Rites of Passage (ARP) have become increasingly popular in countries such as Kenya, as part of campaigns to eradicate FGM/FGC (acknowledging the problems with those terms). ARP is touted by NGOs and international donors as an alternative to female initiation into womanhood, but without female genital mutilation/cutting. In these ceremonies and the instruction that usually precedes them, girls’ human and cultural rights (manifested in teachings and ritual elements that aim to mimic the cultural traditions of the community concerned) are intertwined in one social space. ARP is one element of longer-term strategies that include community education, awareness-raising, the empowerment of girls and women, and law enforcement.

The workshop is intended for university PGRs and staff, policy makers, and practitioners from the health and voluntary services. Please follow the Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies website to access recordings of talks, and to see Dr Lotte Hughes in dialogue with Dr Parsitau, Mr Leshore and Professor Wamue-Ngare.

Tickets must be booked through the Eventbrite page.

For further information please contact Dr Diane Levine,

Women in our History                                                             

12.00pm–2.00pm in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room, David Wilson Library

Join Special Collections at this lunch-time drop-in as they unearth treasures from the University Archives, providing an insight into the University’s history and revealing how women have helped shape the institution from its foundation to the present day.

Learn of the vital role women played as early benefactors to the University during its foundation in the 1920s, examine the changing experience of the female students through photographs and memorabilia, and discover the significant impact women staff have made through their research and discoveries.

The drop-in will provide an opportunity to handle rare and unique material from within the University Archives.

Please email for more details

Note: Due to our archival nature, food or drink cannot be consumed in the reading room.

Menopause Cafe

12.30pm-2.00pm in the Graduate Lounge, Charles Wilson Building

The first date in a monthly series of informal, social meetings. Just a relaxed chat and feel free to bring along your lunch, tea, coffee or whatever you like. Once a month we will gather together to chat about menopause.

Whether you're experiencing symptoms yourself and want to meet others who are or just want to chat about what this is all about. All genders and all ages welcome, including employees of partner organisations and students.

DNA Secret of Photo 51

3.30pm–4:30pm in the Molecular Modelling Lab (Room 0.15A/B), George Porter Building 

Solving the structure of DNA and unravelling the physical basis of the genetic code in 1953 is arguably one of the greatest scientific achievements of all-time for which the Nobel Prize was awarded in 1962. The story of the race to solve this structure is certainly fascinating and contains what many people feel is one of science’s great injustices. The docudrama DNA Secret of Photo 51 tells the story of Rosalind Franklin, a talented young scientist and her underrated contribution to this amazing story. Following the showing of the documentary there will be light refreshments and a discussion of why there are so many famous female X-ray crystallographers.      

This event is open to staff and students.

Please contact Professor Paul Cullis to book onto the event.

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