Eden Flix Presents… No Impact Man

logoNext Wednesday (27th May) at 3pm the Cope Auditorium will be showing No Impact Man, the latest in the Eden Flix series of socially themed contemporary documentaries.

In November 2006, author Colin Beavan, his wife, Michelle Conlin and their two year-old daughter, Isabella began the No Impact Man project. The goal: to make as little environmental impact as possible while living on lower 5th Avenue in Manhattan.

Before the project began, Colin and his family were SUV driving, fast food eating New Yorkers who would assuage their guilt with some good old American retail therapy. But Colin grew weary of his political convictions not lining up with his personal habits. So, in order to “walk the talk,” he decided for his next book to embrace a carbon-free, environmental friendly lifestyle and call himself “No Impact Man.” For starters, that would mean no trash, no electricity, no cars, no TV, and no buying anything new for an entire year.

The documentary feature film, No Impact Man, by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein, presents an intimate emotional portrait of a couple struggling through a severe and protracted change in their way of life. Over the course of one year, the filmmakers documented what happens to Colin and Michelle’s emotional life as they alter their entire lifestyle. How do they cope with the constant stress and intermittent crises of such a rigorous way of living? Or, perhaps, when life is pared down, do some things become unexpectedly better and even easier?

The showing is free, but booking is necessary – to do that, visit this link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eden-flix-screening-no-impact-man-tickets-13414578365

Mental Health Awareness Week at the LSU

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The Student Union is participating in a local initiative to raise awareness of mental health this week – particularly relevant at this busy time of year for students!

The Charnwood Mental Health network, which is made up of organisations from across Charnwood, is supporting the campaign to encourage people to take time out of their daily routines to relax and help improve their wellbeing. The activities will take place from Monday, May 11th to Friday, May 15th. The full timetable of events is displayed above. Activities will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Don’t forget that the Library has a wide variety of different resources to help you cope with the stresses and strains of academic life, including an extensive range of self-help reading among our Mood Boosting and Books on Prescription range on the shelves of our Leisure Reading section up on Level 4.

For more information on Mental Health Awareness Week visit http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

Beyond Words at the Loughborough Town Hall

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A new exhibition begins in the the Sock Gallery at the Loughborough Town Hall this week, in which 21 artists from the local collective Artspace Loughborough interpret the title ‘Beyond Words’.

Artists were encouraged to respond in their own way. Many have been inspired by memories of emotions beyond words whether this is a memory of an intense experience like swimming underwater, or a reaction to the beauty of nature, or observing other people’s relationships. Some are reactions to our social media and mobile phone-obsessed world. One artist has painted her surprising feeling of peace during a period when she couldn’t speak! Some works will contain actual words as part of the visual experience.

Artspace Loughborough was established in 1997 by graduates, mostly of Loughborough College of Art and Design, as a support network for local artists and as a means of putting on exhibitions. Some of the artists will be in the gallery on Saturday 16th May, between 1.00-3.00pm if you have any questions about the theme of the exhibition or how the artists created their work.

The exhibition is open from 14th May until 27th June. The Sock Gallery is open Monday to Saturday between 9am-5pm. Admittance is free.

Loughborough Literary Salon

Literary%20Salon_INLINEThe University will be hosting its annual Literary Salon next Tuesday, on the theme of ‘The Return of Books and Paper’, which explores the shift from paper to digital based reading and the effect this has had on how people value the book.

Offering an evening of conversation and lively debate, the Literary Salon provides the opportunity for participants to speak to leaders within the field and look at the work being showcased. Aimed at writers, authors, publishers, creative industry professionals, University staff, students and members of the public, the idea is to network, share and learn in an informal atmosphere.

The evening will feature talks delivered by experts from the School of Arts, English and Drama, alongside industry specialists and writers. Confirmed guest speakers include:

  • Wim Van Mierlo: Works in Publishing at Loughborough University
  • Anne-Marie Beller: Author and Lecturer of English at Loughborough University
  • Matthew James Kay: Contemporary freelance artist with a focus on mixed media creations
  • Sarah Kelly: Poet, paper artist and poet in residence for the academic year
  • Karen Jinks: Freelance artist who uses her own illustrations to cover handmade notebooks

It will take place in the Martin Hall Theatre next Tuesday, 12th May, and starts at 7pm. The event is free to students, staff and alumni, and £5 to members of the public. Booking is required regardless, and do that, visit this link:

http://store.lboro.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&deptid=225&catid=325&prodvarid=233

Tariq Ali: The Extreme Centre – Free Public Lecture

shutterstock_85721014Next Tuesday, 5th May, the Brockington Building will be hosting the latest in the Politics, History & International Relations Department’s series of free lectures, The Critical Politics for Global Challenges Lecture Series, when the guest speaker will be Tariq Ali.

Author of more than twenty books, as a historian, novelist and social commentator, Tariq Ali is one of Britain’s most committed polemicists. In his latest book, The Extreme Centre, the Guardian and London Review of Books contributor and editor at the New Left Review argues that Westminster is in the grip of an extreme centre, a trilateral monolith in which politics has become a contest to see who can best serve the needs of the market, whilst unstable populist parties occupy the margins.

Meanwhile, he suggests, the gap between the haves and the have-nots has turned into a chasm. The rich have found new ways of protecting their wealth, whilst everyone else suffers the penalties of austerity. With inequality continuing to grow and our political elite failing to redress the balance, Ali offers up this warning against the status quo and, in scouring the immediate and not-so-recent political past, posits potential alternative futures to get us back on track.

This series of public lectures by speakers from outside academia – campaigners, journalists, researchers, politicians and others – will bring to bear their particular expertise on different aspects of these issues. Talks will be followed by time for questions, contributions and discussion.

The lecture begins at 6pm. Admission is free, but booking is necessary. To do that, follow this link:

https://lborouniweb.wufoo.eu/forms/public-lecture-booking-tariq-ali/

World Book Night 2015

wbnToday marks World Book Night, the annual celebration of books and reading. And if you’re wondering why the Library isn’t marking the occasion… well, we are, but we’ve simply decided to postpone the event until next week, once term has started and everyone is back to help us celebrate it!

So you are hereby formally invited to join us in the Library foyer on Thursday 30th April between 12.30 and 2.30pm. Drop by and pick up a free novel, take a look at our Leisure Reading display and, most important of all, sample our delicious refreshments! It will be first come, first served, so get here early!

World Book Night is run by the Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life. Every 23rd April volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books. The Library is always proud to participate in the event, as previous blog entries show!

General Election 2015 – Campus Debate

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Loughborough’s five General Election candidates will be visiting the University next Tuesday, April 28th, to take part in a live hustings event. 

The debate has been organised by Loughborough Students’ Union and the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, providing audience members with an opportunity to quiz the candidates about their policies and pledges.

It is being held in the Students’ Union and starts at 6.30pm. Taking part in the hustings will be:

  • Steve Coltman (Liberal Democrats)
  • Nicky Morgan (Conservative)
  • Matthew O’Callaghan (Labour)
  • Bill Piper (UKIP)
  • Matt Sisson (Green)

After a five minute statement from each candidate – in alphabetical order by surname – the candidates will be asked questions sent before and during the event via Twitter, and members of the audience will have the opportunity to react and pose further questions. The discussion will be rounded off by two minute statements from each candidate – in reverse alphabetical order.

LSU Media will be broadcasting the event live via media.lsu.co.uk.  Please start sending your questions now via Twitter using #BubbleDebate.

Take One Book Exhibition

take one bookThis Easter the Library will be hosting a new collaborative art project, Take One Book, based around the work of best selling author Jeanette Winterson (Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit).

Open Secret is a group of twelve artists consisting of current staff and alumni of Loughborough University School of Art and Design. Not wanting to lose the value of being part of a creative community, the group came together as a collective and embarked on their first joint project, choosing the literary work of Jeanette Winterson as a focus to express their response in a variety of different media.

The exhibition opens on Level 4 of the Library on Wednesday 1st April and runs until Thursday 23rd April. For further information visit the artists website here:

http://theopensecret.net/section769867.html

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy at the British Library

British_20Library_20LogoThe largest ever exhibition ever staged about Magna Carta opens today at the British Library.

Since 1215, Magna Carta has evolved from a political peace treaty to an international symbol of individual freedoms. From its genesis through to today’s popular culture, you can uncover the story of how its power has been used – and abused.

Together, for this once-in-a-lifetime moment, are the iconic documents and artefacts that tell the story of Magna Carta: two of the four original 1215 Magna Carta documents, Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence and one of the original copies of the US Bill of Rights, both on display in the UK for the first time, together with stunning manuscripts, paintings, statues and royal relics.

Full details of the exhibition and the programme of special events that accompany it can be found on the British Library website here.

Sir Terry Pratchett 1948-2015

terry pratchett by robin zebrowskiImmensely popular and influential fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett sadly died yesterday aged 66 following a long illness.

His first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, though it wasn’t until 1983 and the publication of The Colour of Magic, the first in his popular and long running Discworld saga, that his popularity began to soar, and he became a full-time writer in 1987, writing over 70 books, many of which were successfully translated and adapted into radio, television, film and computer games.

In 2007 he announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, and he became a spokesman for the treatment of dementia illness, recording a BAFTA award-winning documentary about the treatment of his illness in 2009, the same year that he received a knighthood for services to literature.

Sir Terry’s work is well represented among our own English literature and Leisure Reading collections.

Sir Terry Pratchett image by Robin Zebrowski, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.