Happy Black History Month! We thought we would share the amazing work of our partner universities and direct you to some of our favourite events that are being held.
At the moment, we are working on a newsletter to keep you up to date with all that YCEDE is doing this month. Until then, have a great October!
University of Bradford
The full programme of events at Bradford can be found here – but below is a few of the highlights.
Influencing Change in the Midst of Changing: Black Women in Academia
This event will look at the experiences of black women in academia, from a starting point of how the academic environment has/has not nurtured their ambitions and aspirations.
Panel members include YCEDE’s very own Udy Archibong and Tiffany Holloman. As well as, Sally Osei-Appiah and Phoenix Nacto.
Inter-generational Panel Discussion
The discussion topic: “Tackling racism: where are we and what more needs to be done?”, focusing discussions on any aspect of racial discrimination, microaggressions, stereotypes, prejudices and different forms of disadvantages experienced by black and brown people in the United Kingdom.
The event will provide a platform for exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences, especially as it relates to the world of work to inspire everyone and set the expectations of our students as they prepare for life after school.
Being the Change Agent: Film Screening & Director’s Spotlight
This is a film screening of Obi Emelonye’s new film: Black Mail. Attendees will get to watch the film followed by a Q&A with Obi himself.
University of Leeds
The full programme of events and activities happening in Leeds can be found here – but below is one that stood out to me.
Black Futures Not Yet Lost: Black Abolitionism and the Politics of History
Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry is running a virtual webinar for all to attend.
The University of Sheffield
The full slate of events at Sheffield can be found here – but here are a few choice picks.
Candyman and the whole damn swarm: A 30th Anniversary Conference
This conference, a collaboration between the Centre for the History of the Gothic at the University of Sheffield and the University of California, Riverside, and seeks to explore, critique and celebrate the legacy of Candyman as text, film and, in it’s latest iteration, clapback.
The Bank of England and Transatlantic Slavery, 1694-1888
Dr Michael Bennett will outline the findings of the ongoing archival research into the Bank of England’s links to transatlantic slavery between the 1600s and 1800s, which informed the development of our new exhibition, Slavery & the Bank. Dr Bennett will look at the ways the Bank was connected to the system of transatlantic slavery through its part in the wider financial sector at the time and the business activities of its governors and directors. It will also explore two detailed case studies: the Bank’s financial stake in two plantations in Grenada and the Bank’s role in the distribution of slavery compensation during the 1830s. These case studies will be used as a lens for exploring the broader connections between the City of London and transatlantic slavery in this period.
Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield Hallam students can look forward to this event with Dr Francis Awolowo and Zhane Murrell-Smith.
PhDs and Black Student Experiences
Join us for this talk with Dr Francis Awolowo and Zhane Murrell-Smith, who will be delving into their experiences as Black students in academia, including the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. In this inspiring talk, they will share their experiences as Black people in academia, you’ll learn the processes, how they accessed their PhDs, and opportunities that are available to black students such as the ASPIRE project.
University of York
Here at the University we will be hosting a variety of online and in-person events to celebrate Black History. In addition to the celebratory aspects of the month, as the theme of this year suggests, Black History Month is also about highlighting the action that is being taken by the University and within the city in order to challenge racism and implement our anti-racism actions.
The University Library will be celebrating Black History Month with a pinboard curated by the YUSU BAME Network. Additionally, the library have put together a Black Lives Matter reading list.