Talks and Lectures

 

This year’s Black History theme is “Inspiring Progress”. We have organised free lectures and talks in partnership with the University of East Anglia to celebrate particular black women’s contribution and  achievements. Celebrating black women's contribution is critically important because they reveal exceptionally strong role models who share a more expansive vision of what society can do. The stories of black women’s lives and the choices they made, encourage girls, boys, women, and men to think larger and bolder. Knowing women’s achievements challenges stereotypes and upends social assumptions about who women are and what women can accomplish today.

 

Thursday 1st October

17:00-19:00 Venue: Union House, Room 1 

 

Launch Night – What does it mean to be politically black?

 

Guest Speakers: Malia Bouattia (National Union of Students Black Students Officer); Hajera Begum (Why Is My Curriculum White); Sanyaa Sequeira (UEASU Islamic Society); Emmanuel (UEASU Pride)

 

Black History Month 2015 at UEA will have a broad and comprehensive approach to exploring the experiences, cultures, and variety of ethnic minorities in the UK and abroad. Black is understood in its political sense; that is as a word to describe the fight of all ethnic minorities against racism, oppression, and any forms of fascism. "Why my curriculum is white?" is the campaign launched as part of this year's UEA Black History Month.

Event: Panel discussion

 

Info: Hussam Hussein: @UnionUEABME / union.ethnicminoriti es@uea.ac.uk H.Hussein@uea.ac.u k

Wednesday 7th October

18:00 The Vernon Castle room, 3rd Floor, Millenniums Library, The Forum, Norwich

Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle

Dr. Nicholas Grant, Lecturer in American Studies (History), UEA

 

Lillian Masediba Ngoyi "Ma Ngoyi", was a South African anti-apartheid activist. She was the first woman elected to the executive committee of the African National Congress, and helped launch the Federation of South African Women. The talk  by Dr Grant will explore radical women in the black freedom straggle, celebrating the work and contribution of black women such as  Lilian Ngoyi who was a radical anti-apartheid activist in 1950s South Africa.

 

Free and open to all.

Thursday 8th October

18:00 Earlham Library, Colman Road

Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Anti-Lynching

 

A talk by Melissa Cooper, a Postgraduate Research Student in the Department of American Studies at UEA on: ‘The question of the duty of the federal government’: Federal (In)action over Anti-Lynching in 1930s America.

Thousands of Americans had been murdered at the hands of lynch mobs between 1880 and 1930 however few of the perpetrators had ever been punished. This paper contends that FDR was much more influential with anti-lynching during this time than has been previously thought. It will explore how FDR helped to shape the language and strategy of the anti-lynching movement.

Wednesday 14th October

18:00 The Vernon Castle room, 3rd Floor, Millenniums Library, The Forum, Norwich

This land is your land, this land is my land

Bridget Dalton, Department of American Studies, UEA

 

Folk singer Odetta Holmes music has been called the "soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement." Her work inspired musicians from Bob Dylan to Joan Baez. Bridget will explore Odetta and the Folk Movements contribution to the civil rights straggle in her talk ‘This land is your land, this land is my land’.

 

Free and open to all.

Wednesday 14th October

17:30-19:30 Union House, Room 6 at UEA.

Hosted by UEA Pride

Sexual identity, culture, and race 

 

Being LGBT+ in the Black community How do you identify yourself? And, what is the most important part of your identity? Is it your sex, your race or ethnicity, your sexual orientation, your class status, your nationality, your religious affiliation, your age, your political beliefs? Is there one part of your identity that stands out from the rest, or does your identity change depending on who you’re with, what you’re involved in, where you are in your life?

Come and join us in this panel debate when we discus ‘Being LGBT+ in the Black community’

 

Info: Hussam Hussein: @UnionUEABME / union.ethnicminoriti es@uea.ac.uk H.Hussein@uea.ac.u k

Thursday 15th October

17:30-19:30 Union House, Room 1 at UEA.

 

Water Justice

 

Water justice academic seminar "A Sudanese case study: Social and cultural impacts of the Merowe dam" Hosted by: Water Security Research Centre Guest speakers: Azza Dirar

 

Info: Hussam Hussein: @UnionUEABME / union.ethnicminoriti es@uea.ac.uk H.Hussein@uea.ac.u k

Wednesday the 21st October

18:00 The Vernon Castle room, 3rd Floor, Millenniums Library, The Forum, Norwich

Narrative of the Life of…Inspirational African American Biographies  of the Nineteenth Century

Dr Rebecca Fraser, Senior Lecturer in American History and Culture, UEA

 

Sojourner Truth, formerly enslaved in early 19th century New York, who became something of a radical in the mid-19th century campaigning for rights on the basis of race and gender and was active in the campaign after emancipation for African American female suffrage.

 

Free and open to all

Wednesday the 21st October

17:30-19:30 Union House, Bookable Room 1 at UEA

Gender and Race

 

How overlapping stereotypes affect our personal and professional decisions. Hosted by African Caribbean Society and Feminist Society come and discus the consequences in almost every sector of public and private life the profound impact of racial and gender stereotypes.

 

Event: Panel discussion

Thursday the 22nd October

18:00 The Vernon Castle room, 3rd Floor, Millenniums Library, The Forum, Norwich

Cowboys of Colour: Black Lives in the West and the Western

Helena Bacon School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing UEA

 

The American Western has almost always depicted its iconic heroes as tough-talking, rough-riding, six-shooting, grizzled, solitary and, overwhelmingly, white. From John Ford's frequent collaborations with John Wayne, Henry Fonda and James Steward and Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns, most notably the 'Dollars' trilogy starring Clint Eastwood, to the revisionist Westerns of the seventies, contemporary remakes of old classics, or the neo-Westerns of today that frequently place typical western characters into modern civilised surroundings, cowboys of colour remain notably absent in the genre's representation of the history and meaning surrounding the American frontier and its occupants. 

This representation however, as Sarfraz Manzoor points out in his BBC documentary The Forgotten Black Cowboys (2013), does not match the reality of the western experience. This paper will explore the reality of the black western experience, referencing Manzoor's documentary and accompanying articles, Ferguson's images, Tricia Martineau Wagner's Black Cowboys of the Old West (2010) and The Black Cowboys of Texas (2000), edited by Sara R. Massey. Using this critical framework as a starting point, Helena will explore examples of the Western genre that break with genre convention and feature cowboys of colour, such as Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles (1974), Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven (1992), David Milch's Deadwood (2004-2006) and Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (2012), to examine whether these characters present a more realistic portrayal of a wild, but not wholly white, west.  

 

Free and open to all

 

Wednesday the 22nd October

17:30-19:30 Scholars Café (Union House) at UEA

 

Oppression, hegemony, and discourses

 

For over a century, social theorists have attempted to explain why those who lack economic power consent to hierarchies of social and political power. This lecture will explore ideology, Oppression, hegemony and discourse as key concepts to explain the intersections between the social production of knowledge and the perpetuation of power relations. Hosted by: DEV Society and Latin American Society Event: Academic seminar

Monday 26th October

17:30-19:30 Union House, Room 1 at UEA

 

Farming Food Security

 

Exploring the Effects of Blockade on the Food Production System in the Gaza Strip Hosted by: Palestine Solidarity Campaign Society Guest speaker: Heather Elaydi

 

Event: Panel discussion

 

Info: Hussam Hussein: @UnionUEABME / union.ethnicminoriti es@uea.ac.uk H.Hussein@uea.ac.u k

Wednesday 28th October

18:00 The Vernon Castle room, 3rd Floor, Millenniums Library, The Forum, Norwich

Winifred Atwell: Jazz Piano, Hit Singles, TV Personality of the 1950s”

 

 

Professor  George Mckay, Professor in Media Studies, UEA

 

Winifred Atwell was a Trinidadian pianist who enjoyed great popularity in Britain and Australia from the 1950s with a series of boogie-woogie and ragtime hits, selling over 20 million records. She was the first black person to have a number-one hit in the UK Singles Chart and is still the only female instrumentalist to do so. Professor Mckay will explore this extraordinary women who found fame around the world celebrating her achievements.

 

Free and open to all

Wednesday 28th October

13:00 Union House, Room 1 at UEA 

Climate justice

 

As a form of environmental justice this lecture will explore climate justice as a fair treatment of all people and freedom from discrimination with the creation of policies and projects that address climate change and the systems that create climate change and perpetuate discrimination .

 

Hosted by: Tyndall Centre Event: Academic Seminar

 

Info: Hussam Hussein: @UnionUEABME / union.ethnicminoriti es@uea.ac.uk H.Hussein@uea.ac.u k

 

Wednesday 28th October

18:00-20:00 Union House, Room 6 at UEA 

Black politics and the media

 

Guest speakers: London Hughes (Comic actress and TV Presenter) Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South (tbc) Washington Post journalist (Skype)

 

Event: Panel discussion

 

Info: Hussam Hussein: @UnionUEABME / union.ethnicminoriti es@uea.ac.uk H.Hussein@uea.ac.u k