The University of Nottingham is celebrating Black History Month with music, public lectures, open discussion and much more.
Throughout October, the University will run a diverse range of events focussing on Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) culture, history and people. All of these events are open to the local community as well as students and staff, and many are free.
Exploring BME culture and history
Highlights from this year’s programme include:
For a full events programme and links to register, take a look at the poster gallery on the University’s People and Culture blog.
Bringing events out to the local community
This year marks the fourth of the University’s annual Black History Month celebrations, which began in 2013 and have been growing every year since. The 2016 programme sees events organised by the University’s People and Culture Team and the Centre for Research in Race and Rights with involvement from academics across the institution. The celebrations offer the opportunity to reflect on the history and achievements of BME communities.
Val Watson, Chair of the University’s BME Network, said: “Black History Month is a chance to celebrate the culture and history of BME communities, and the University is very proud to be a part of this.
“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 local community. There’s a rich history within Nottingham’s BME community and we’re hoping that by making these events accessible to as many people as possible, we’ll hear some fascinating conversations.”
The University’s Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R) has contributed a number of events to the programme. Professor Zoe Trodd, Co-Director of C3R, said: “I’m really proud of the University’s programme for Black History Month. C3R is part of the University’s Research Priority Area (RPA) in Rights and Justice, the world’s largest cluster of rights and justice scholars. Co-leading this RPA and C3R has shown me that we are not just the UK’s global university and its most sustainable campus, we are also a civically engaged, socially conscious university. We are a university that embeds itself in society and engages locally and globally. Our Black History Month programme gives us a chance to celebrate some of that work with our campus and city communities.”
For updates throughout October, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the University’s mailing list, and follow @UoNPandC on Twitter. Visit the University’s People and Culture blog for news, events, comment and more throughout October blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/peopleandculture
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