Black History Month: recap and highlights


November 11th, 2021

Throughout October, the university held several events as part of our celebrations for Black History Month 2021. The theme for this year’s celebrations was ‘proud to be’.

Proud to be invites Black and Brown people around the UK to reflect on and share what they are ‘proud to be’, celebrating their unique identity, culture, and heritage.

In case you couldn’t join in, below are highlights of some of our featured celebrations and events:

If Black History Month Were Every Month

A panel conversation hosted by the Centre for Black Studies in collaboration with the UoN Black History Month Programme Board, and with speakers from different university backgrounds to talk about the value of Black History Month, and the imperative to go beyond “representation months” in order to change the environment and conditions for staff and students of the future.
Watch the recording

Is God black or is God white? A multifaith panel discussion on ethnic identities in faith

A multifaith panel discussion hosted by the Chaplaincy and Faith Support Team on ethnic identities in faith followed by a Q&A session.
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A Conversation on Race and Health Inequalities

Join Dr Habib Naqvi, Director of NHS Race and Health Observatory for a conversation on Race and Health inequalities within the United Kingdom.
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Excel in Science welcomes Miranda Lowe from the Natural History Museum

Excel in Science welcomes guest speaker Miranda Lowe in Black History Month. Miranda Lowe is a principal curator and scientist at the Natural History Museum, London, looking after their oceanographic collections of corals, crabs and jellyfish. She presents lectures and publishes on both curatorial and scientific uses of Museum historical collections in current climate change research as well as decolonial approaches to this work.
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Black History Month: The role of BAME Scientists in Modern Agriculture

See the below for the links to recordings for the following speakers:

Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Director General, Indian Council of Agriculture Research and Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education. In his talk, he shares his vision for Indian Agriculture in the face of climate change and global food security.
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Dr Elliot Dossou-Yovo, Africa Rice, Cote d’Ivoire, Recipient, Norman Borlaug award 2021 for field research and innovation. Recognized for spearheading innovative water management systems for resilient rice production in the
face of climate change.
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Professor Tafadzwa Mabhaudhi, University KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. His talk is about Diversity and diversification: ecosystem services derived from underutilised crops and their co-benefits for sustainable agricultural landscapes and resilient food systems in Africa.
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Dr. Bipin Pandey has recently been successful in obtaining BBSRC Discovery Fellowship. Using multi-disciplinary approaches, his research focus is to discover novel root adaptive responses and signals which provide greater access to nutrients and water in rhizosphere. His work has resulted in a landmark paper in Science (Pandey et al, 2021).
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Dr Molly Muleya comes from Zimbabwe, and is a Future Food Beacon Research Fellow. Her talk covered her vision of tackling the challenges of Global Food Security and the role of modern agriculture in providing adequate protein and micronutrients to a growing population.
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Dr Diriba Kumssa, a multidisciplinary researcher from Ethiopia, came to the UK as a refugee. Despite the challenges and hardships, he obtained his PhD degree and has now secured a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship.
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