Black History Month marked at University of Leicester

Posted by ap507 at Oct 26, 2016 11:28 AM |
Exhibitions, talks, theatre and film showings mark event

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 26 October 2016

The University of Leicester has marked Black History Month 2016 with exhibitions, talks, theatre and film showings.

Influential black and ethnic minority scientists have been celebrated throughout the month in the Department of Physics and Astronomy as well as in the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences & Psychology.

Journalist, author and political commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown offered her own searching personal insight into how we might address  issues of equality, diversity and belonging  in 21st century Britain – and where exactly questions of gender equality fit into this equation. Yasmin assessed the state of Britain today as a complex multi-faith, multi-cultural pluralist society facing new dilemmas. The event was the second annual lecture organised by the unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE) at the University of Leicester.

On 16 November, as part of Literary Leicester, there is a panel discussion on Writing and Racism. Britain has seen a rise in racist hate crimes after Brexit. What can writers do to challenge contemporary racism? Is their role limited to documenting society or can they truly affect change? Literary Leicester brings together a distinguished panel of authors to Britain’s first plural city. The event takes place in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre from 6.30pm - 7.30pm.

On 17 November, there is a rare public screening of the documentary A Regular Black: The Hidden History of Wuthering Heights, which presents the historical case for arguing that Brontë's Heathcliff was a black man. This short film features local historians and the novelist Caryl Phillips. The event takes place from 3-4pm in the Attenborough Arts Centre.

Literary Leicester also celebrates the launch of Closure, the first Black British short story anthology in fifteen years. Taking place on 17 November from 4.30pm -5.30pm in the Library Seminar Room, David Wilson Library, visitors will hear four top-notch writers read and discuss their stories with Peepal Tree Press Associate Editor, Jacob Ross. Readers include Jennifer Makumbi, Leicester’s own Mahsuda Snaith, Leone Ross and Desiree Reynolds. Voted 'a 2016 must read', by The Guardian and Buzzfeed, this anthology is rich with stories which, like life, rarely end in the way we might expect…

Members of the University were also given access to free tickets for Sorry! No Coloureds, No Irish, No Dogs, a play which explored racism, migration and the transatlantic slave trade. 

Chandni Purohit, Chair of the BAME staff equality forum, said: “It is so important to continually celebrate our racial diversity and respect our shared experiences and differences. By working together we can make a difference in raising awareness of the issues faced by BAME staff and students and undertake pro-active action to advancing race equality.”


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