Protest Art Workshop
Oct
24
1:00 PM13:00

Protest Art Workshop

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This workshop will give you the inspiration and opportunity to create your own protest art in the form of placards and zines, related to an area of social justice that is important to you. The workshop will begin with an artist talk by Parham Ghalamdar who will share his thoughts and experiences about protest art.

Feel free to bring any materials you wish to use, though cardboard, acrylic paints, pens, paper, and card will be supplied. A badge-making machine will also be available.

Note: this event is suitable for 16+

With thanks to ArtReach for their assistance in planning this event.

Entry: Free, but registration required.
Location:
Arts and Crafts Room
Highfields Centre
96 Melbourne Road
Leicester
LE2 0DS

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Digital Activism Workshop, in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre
Oct
24
5:00 PM17:00

Digital Activism Workshop, in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre

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What is hashtag activism?
Is digital activism an effective mode of social protest?

The workshop is tailored to undergraduates at the University and will be a critical discussion that explores the reasons for engaging in digital activism, and analyses the limitations and side effects.

Come and partake in a workshop that will stretch your knowledge, encourage debate, and provide space to discuss the success and limitations of digital activism.

What are the different ways that people might use technology and digital media to engage in forms of activism?

This workshop is now open to ALL. Please register by emailing: slrc@dmu.ac.uk

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Oral History Training Day
Oct
25
9:30 AM09:30

Oral History Training Day

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Journey to Justice Leicester and East Midlands Oral History archive are working together to bring you this exciting oral history event.

The day will provide a crash course in oral history. You'll learn about the purpose of oral history, how to plan oral history projects, and how to navigate ethical issues. You'll then get hands-on with the recording equipment, learning how to use it and practising taking oral history interviews. You'll then learn about what to do with your recording afterwards, and how you would go about having it archived. The training day will also include a roundtable discussion with a group of students and academics who use oral history in their research, sharing their experience, thoughts, and lessons they have learned from conducting oral history in the field.

The training takes place as part of the JtoJ Leicester project, and participants are invited to later take part in our ongoing project to conduct interviews to capture the lesser-known stories of the activism, protest, struggles, and experiences of the people of Leicester. See our website: jtojleicester.org.uk and follow us on Twitter at @JtoJ_Leicester

Getting here:

East Midlands Oral History Archive is located in 3-5 Salisbury Road, Leicester. This is a short walk from the train station. There is parking available nearby in the car park off Granville Road.

Event funded by Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.

Entry: Free, but registration required.

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Forty Years On Since the Launch of SCARE (Student Campaign Against Racism in Education)
Oct
26
11:00 AM11:00

Forty Years On Since the Launch of SCARE (Student Campaign Against Racism in Education)

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Forty Years Since the Launch of SCARE: What's changed, current struggles, and the way forward!

With Professor Gus John (Activist/Writer), Amrit Wilson (Writer/Activist), Camille London-Miyo (President, Leicester NEU) & Speakers from Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action.

Buffet lunch will be provided.

Entry: Admission is FREE and lunch will be provided but please book your place (with your name, agency/individual, email, telephone number and dietary requirements via one of the following:
info@highfieldscentre.ac.uk; 0116 253 1053; or here: http://highfieldscentre.ac.uk/contact-us/
Location:
Highfields Centre
Leicester
LE2 0DS

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Evaluating the Impact of Museum Activism
Nov
7
10:00 AM10:00

Evaluating the Impact of Museum Activism

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How do we understand, evaluate and share the impact of social justice and activist work in the arts, education, museum, heritage and culture sectors and in community work? What interventions and outcomes are valued by wider structures of power in society, and how do these values shape our work? Who defines success and how can we disrupt these definitions? This free workshop draws on new research at the University of Leicester into museums, social change, and activist practice. It offers a chance for diverse practitioners to come together to learn, share, and think critically together about ways of sharing the impact and value of their work, past, present or future. This workshop is supported by the ESRC Festival of Social Science and the Journey to Justice Leicester programme.

Please click here for more information.

Location:
Rattray Lecture Theatre
Rattray Building
University of Leicester

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Schools' Day: Launch into History: A Day of Civil Rights Talks, Exhibits and Artefacts
Oct
23
9:00 AM09:00

Schools' Day: Launch into History: A Day of Civil Rights Talks, Exhibits and Artefacts

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A day of information and workshops related to civil rights for school groups.

The day will include a choice of three workshops:

  • A guided visit to the JtoJ exhibition

  • Working with civil rights movement artefacts

  • A workshop on creating a plaque to commemorate the activism of a Leicester individual or group.

For more information or to book space for a school group, please contact gdgl1@le.ac.uk

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One Person's Journey: From Asylum to Refugee to 'Confinement'
Oct
22
6:15 PM18:15

One Person's Journey: From Asylum to Refugee to 'Confinement'

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As a part of the Journey to Justice Festival, The Race Equality Centre will be holding a conversation on Tuesday 22nd October with a young woman who has waded through the system and is still swimming!

We will be discussing the CASE FOR APPROPRIATE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR NEW ARRIVALS: the unnoticed and unidentified component of integration.

Justice cannot be complete, nor can it be seen to be achieved when we leave individuals to find their own way through the health and wellbeing maze of our National Health Service.

Entry: Free, but please register a place by contacting administrator@theraceequalitycentre.org.uk
Location:
Highfields Centre, 1st Floor, Edwards Lounge,
96 Melbourne Road,
Leicester
LE2 0DS

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Annual American Studies Lecture: The 1972 National Black Political Convention and the Decline of Black Power
Oct
21
5:30 PM17:30

Annual American Studies Lecture: The 1972 National Black Political Convention and the Decline of Black Power

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For the 18th Annual American Studies Lecture at the University of Leicester, Professor Leonard Moore (University of Texas at Austin) will examine the 1972 National Black Political Convention and the Decline of Black Power.

For three days in 1972 in Gary, Indiana, eight thousand American civil rights activists and Black Power leaders gathered at the National Black Political Convention, hoping to end a years-long feud that divided black America into two distinct camps: integrationists and separatists. While some form of this rift existed within black politics long before the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his death—and the power vacuum it created—heightened tensions between the two groups, and convention leaders sought to merge these competing ideologies into a national, unified call to action. What followed, however, effectively crippled the Black Power movement and fundamentally altered the political strategy of civil rights proponents.

Note: this event is deemed suitable for those aged 14 and above.

Entry: Free
Location:
Ken Edwards lecture theatre 2 at the University of Leicester. See the campus map for help finding the building.

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Leicester and the Spanish Civil War: Public Talk
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Leicester and the Spanish Civil War: Public Talk

In July 1936 the Leicester Mercury informed over 65,000 readers that a military revolt against the democratically-elected government of Spain had failed. For those Leicester locals who found themselves caught in the crossfire between reactionaries and revolutionaries in cities such as Barcelona, however, it was clear the country was facing a brutal and drawn out civil war. Hitler and Mussolini's support for the military rebels convinced thousands of individuals all across Europe, not least in Leicester, that the people of Spain were fighting for their democratic freedoms against unchecked fascist aggression. Local communists, who had spent the previous years facing down their Blackshirt adversaries in the streets of the city-centre, quickly set about rallying support for the embattled Republic. For others, fundraising alone was not enough. Several individuals decided to take up arms in Spain by enrolling in the International Brigades, a volunteering fighting force consisting of at least 40,000 men from 50 countries worldwide.

The talk discusses Leicester's extraordinary and unexpected connections to the Spanish Civil War and promises to shed new light on the six locals who volunteered to fight. It will be led by Henry Brown and Adrian Pole, two history graduates from Leicester who have spent the past year researching the city's little-understood links to Civil War Spain. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

Entry: Free, but registration required. Click button to register.
Location:
Secular Hall
75 Humberstone Gate
Leicester
LE1 1WB

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'How To Find Home': In conversation with local author Mahsuda Snaith
Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

'How To Find Home': In conversation with local author Mahsuda Snaith

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Mahsuda will interviewed about her recent novel ‘How to Find Home’ and the research she conducted in to homelessness to write it. Followed by a Q&A from the audience.

Mahsuda is a writer of novels and short stories. She is the winner of the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2014 and Bristol Short Story Prize 2014. Her debut novel 'The Things We Thought We Knew' was published in 2017 when she was named an 'Observer New Face of Fiction'. Her second novel 'How to Find Home' was chosen as a BBC Radio 4 'Book at Bedtime'.

Mahsuda has led creative writing workshops in universities, hospitals, schools and in a homeless hostel. She is currently commisioned to be writer for the Colonial Countryside project and is a mentor for the Middle Way Mentoring Project for BAME writers in the Midlands.

If you intend to attend, it would be appreciated if you could register so we know how many to expect and can have the event in a room of appropriate size. Click button to register.

Location:
LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street Leicester, LE1 1RE

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Exhibition Opening Night
Oct
11
5:30 PM17:30

Exhibition Opening Night

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Join us for the opening night of the Journey to Justice Leicester exhibition at Attenborough Arts. Visit the exhibition, with a free drinks reception, and listen to performance from the outstanding Red Leicester Choir. No booking required - just turn up.

The exhibition tells two distinct but interconnected stories. One focuses on the US civil rights movement, its significance and its links to the UK. We tell stories of less well-known men, women and children who were involved and we explore factors essential for a human rights movement to succeed. The other tells stories of Leicester's Journeys to Justice, looking at the long and vibrant history of protest, activism, and social justice movements in the diverse city of Leicester.

For more information about the exhibition, including how to get here, see the Exhibition page.

Entry: Free
Location:
Attenborough Arts
Lancaster Road
Leicester
LE1 7HA

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Justice, Faith and Belonging in a Changing World: an evening with Bishop Guli
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

Justice, Faith and Belonging in a Changing World: an evening with Bishop Guli

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Guli Francis-Dehqani is the first Suffragan Bishop of Loughborough. She was one of only four BAME Bishops in the Church of England. Born in Iran, her father, Hassan Dehquani-Tafti, was the first Iranian Anglican bishop. Her family fled to Britain in May 1980 when she was 14 years of age, after the assassination of her brother, Bahram.

Bishop Guli’s experiences of persecution in Iran and then her coming to the UK as an immigrant, struggling to ‘fit in’, provides her with a real sense of what it is to be on the margins. It also provides her with a unique perspective, in this very timely presentation on matters of justice, faith and belonging in a fast-changing world.

Entry: Free
Location:
Lecture Theatre 1 , Ken Edwards Building, Leicester, LE1 7RD
You are encouraged to register here: https://journeystojusticedice.eventbrite.co.uk

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Framing Stories of Social Justice in Leicester
Oct
6
6:30 PM18:30

Framing Stories of Social Justice in Leicester

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This talk, by JtoJ Leicester leader George Lewis, is an introduction and outline to the project. It will explore how we have – thus far – sourced Leicester stories, but also how we are seeking to build a lasting legacy in the city. Journey to Justice seeks to galvanise people through learning about social justice activism and movements. It also aims to leave a “foot print” from which future generations can continue to learn and to be inspired.

Entry: Free
Location:
Secular Hall
75 Humberstone Gate
Leicester
LE1 1WB

See: Leicester Secular Society
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