Eden Flix Presents: Unwasted

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This Wednesday at 3pm the Design Studio in the Keith Green Building will be hosting another hard-hitting social documentary as part of the Eden Flix series.

Unwasted: the Future of Business on Earth has been created by Sage Environmental Services, Inc. of Seattle, WA in partnership with PorterWorks, Inc., and focuses on the future of Zero Waste as a key element of sustainable business.The documentary features interviews with industry leaders, policy-makers, activists, scientists and business professionals from the Pacific Northwest region in the United States, including several with CleanScapes staff, as well as functional tips to help individuals and businesses adapt.

Eden Flix are a series of highly acclaimed, thought-provoking and inspirational documentaries on issues related to engineering, design and social consciousness sponsored by the Centre for Engineering and Design Education (CEDE) as part of the Engineering and Design Educators Network (EDEN) series of events. Begun in 2012, fifteen films have so far been shown and more are scheduled in future.

Screenings are free for all Loughborough students and staff, but booking is necessary. To do that, visit this link:


Take the World by Storm this November

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Students across the globe are invited to participate in a unique live collaborative online forum this Friday (21st November) to tackle pressing social issues.

Social Storm is 24-hour social hackathon will give you the chance to consider a range of global dilemmas spanning poverty, the environment, health, and education – whilst hoining your enterprise and employability skills

You’ll work as part of an international team and work simultaneously, brought together via video conferencing. To date, teams from 10 universities have signed up to the event which is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (17-23 November).

To find out more about the FREE event and sign up to take part, please visit the Social Storm website.

Eden Flix Presents ‘Will Work For Free’

will work for freeThis Wednesday at 3pm in the Keith Green Building Eden Flix presents another in its series of hard-hitting social environmental documentaries.

Will Work For Free is a non-profit documentary/narrative film from Maveric Media. Written and directed by Sam Vallely. The film explores the emergence of “technological unemployment” and the economic implications of automating jobs in a society which requires the circulation of money through commerce and paid employment.

Eden Flix are a series of highly acclaimed, thought-provoking and inspirational documentaries on issues related to engineering, design and social consciousness sponsored by the Centre for Engineering and Design Education (CEDE) as part of the Engineering and Design Educators Network (EDEN) series of events. Begun in 2012, fifteen films have so far been shown and more are scheduled in future.

All screenings are free for all Loughborough students and staff and are screened in the Keith Green Building. Admission is free, but booking is necessary – to do that, follow this link.

Want to Know What Was on TV on the Day You Were Born…?

Radio Times by Bradford TimelineThe BBC this week launched a new online service that allows you to search through complete schedules of their seminal listings magazine, Radio Times.

The Genome Project has digitised listings from nearly 4,500 issues that cover everything broadcast by the BBC on their radio and television channels between the years 1923 to 2009, and though at present the database only contains basic information such as capsule synopsis and programme details and a brief cast/credit list, they aim to include images later.

Nearly 4.5 million programmes are covered, including old favorites such as Doctor Who, Fawlty Towers, Monty Python – and Crackerjack! – along with details of the BBC’s coverage of major sporting and historical events including Olympic Games, World Cups and Moon landings. So now you can find out what was on TV the day you were born!

Although ITV listings are not included owing to copyright issues, you can access an archive of the TV Times, ITV’s ‘answer’ to Radio Times, by visiting the BUFVC database’s TV Times listing archive, which covers the period 1955-1985 (please note you will need your Athens username & password to access this service).

Radio Times cover by Bradford Timeline, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

In Conversation… with Ruth Lister

Ruth ListerThe Sexual Politics Research Group, supported by the Communication, Culture and Citizenship Challenge, is pleased to announce that the inaugural event of the In Conversation series will feature Ruth Lister CBE, FBA, AcSS, Labour peer and Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University.

The In Conversation series features prominent feminist academics and public figures, invited to Loughborough University to converse with an audience, rather than speak to it. The Group invites you to join with it and its invited guests, in conversation, as they explore the changing terrain of gender and sexual politics in contemporary culture.

Ruth Lister is an esteemed academic, who has published widely in the areas of citizenship, gender, poverty, and social security and a Labour Peer. She is a former Director of the Child Poverty Action Group and is now its Honorary President.  She is a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights.  She is currently chair of the management committee of the pressure group Compass, a patron of Just Fair and on the board of the Smith Institute.  She served on the Commission on Social Justice, the Opsahl Commission into the Future of Northern Ireland, the Commission on Poverty, Participation and Power, the Fabian Commission on Life Chances and Child Poverty and the National Equality Panel. She is currently working on a 2nd edition of Poverty for Polity Press.

The discussion takes place at the Stewart Mason Building in room SMB 017 on Wednesday 8th October at 1pm. All In Conversation events are free and open to all, and refreshments will be provided. 

Database Trial – SOL (Sustainable Organization Library)

GSE_world_JPEGThe Library is currently triailing a database from GSE Research, the Sustainable Organization Library (SOL), which is now the leading dedicated collection on sustainability in the world.

Relevant to a wide range of subject disciplines, including social sciences, politics, environmenal studies and business & economics, the database contains:

  • An online collection of approximately 8000 papers drawn from around 600 books and journals in sustainability, CSR, corporate governance, ethics, environmental policy and management
  • Case studies, research papers, book chapters, journal articles
  • Sourced material from nearly 600 books, special issues and journal issues
  • Each item individually tagged and discoverable
  • Book and journal content accessible through search or browse
  • Ebooks, journals, articles, reports, conference proceedings

SOL also features collections from global leaders in the field of sustainability including:

  • Greenleaf Publishing: the leading independent sustainability publisher. Greenleaf publishes in the areas of corporate responsibility, business ethics, environmental policy, business strategy and practice, and sustainable development. SOL includes the majority of Greenleaf publications.
  • GSE Research: specialist in publishing, project management and advisory services in governance, sustainability and environment, and partner to Greenleaf Publishing.
  • Oxfam International: an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.
  • European Foundation for Management Development: leading accreditation and membership body for business schools and organization learning & development initiatives worldwide
  • AMACOM, the publishing division of the American Management association
  • Practical Action Publishing: specializing in developing-world issues. SOL draws on the Development Economics collection from Practical Action.
  • Peter Lang: long-established publisher of English-, German- and French-language books in the humanities and social sciences. SOL draws on the Peter Lang environment and sustainability list.
  • Cambridge Scholars Publishing: broad-based publisher in science, the arts and humanities. SOL draws on the Cambridge Scholars environment and sustainability list.
  • Access Press: UK-based specialist publisher of books and journals, including the International Journal of Management Cases, which is included in SOL.
  • United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME): with more than 500 business school signatories worldwide.
  • The Academy of Business in Society: more than 120 of the world’s leading companies and business schools.
  • Institute of Directors India: serving more than 30,000 directors in corporations in India and worldwide.

To begin searching please go to: http://www.gseresearch.com/sol – access is via IP address.

The trial will end on 29th November 2014. We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn ( s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk ) with your comments.

To Hell With Culture at the Cope

1035On Wednesday 3rd September (6-7pm) the Cope Auditorium will be presenting a free screening of To Hell with Culture, a portrait of the life and work of Herbert Read, which will be followed by a discussion with the film’s director Huw Wahl, Benedict Read and Dr Michael Paraskos of the Department of Politics, History & International Relations.

Co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Herbert Read (1893-1968) was an influential art critic, poet and anarchist. In his 1943 essay, To Hell with Culture, Read laid out his ideas for a civilisation based on cooperation, in which culture would no longer be a commodity separated from society, but an integral part of everyday life. In this film director Huw Wahl engages in conversations with artists, poets, curators, historians and Herbert Read’s children, to ask how we can apply Read’s ideas and approaches to the commodification of culture in our contemporary society. This immersive portrayal of Read’s life and work includes unseen archival material of Herbert Read, his poetry and film of the North Yorkshire landscape where he was born.

Tickets are free, but booking is necessary via this link:


Maya Angelou 1928-2014

maya angelou by york collegeAmerican author, poet and civil rights beacon Maya Angelou died today aged 86.

Best known for her best-selling autobiographical account of her childhood and early youth in 1930’s America, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, first published in 1969, Maya Angelou became a role model for the burgeoning Civil Rights movement in the US, in a career that also spanned writing, acting and music. She was a friend of both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, and later wrote poetry for President Bill Clinton’s inauguration and in commemoration of the death of Nelson Mandela last year.

We have a variety of Maya Angelou’s works in our literature collection on Level 2, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and you can found out more about her extraordinary life and works by browsing our extensive collection of newspaper archives available on Library Catalogue Plus.

Maya Angelou portrait by York College, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Lives of the First World War

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The Imperial War Museum have just launched a new online resource which aims to create a ‘permanent digital memorial’ to the lives of the millions of people who served Britain and the Commonwealth during World War One.

The Lives of the First World War already contains the details of over 4.5 million men and women who fought in the conflict, and it is hoped that the archive will eventually contain as many as 8 million records.

The Museum is actively encouraging the public to participate in the project by helping update and embellish records by sharing stories and memories of relations who fought in the war and by uploading material, such as family photos, to the website, which is being run in conjunction with DC Thomson Family History, which runs several online ancestry websites. The project is free to join, and you can find out more about it by visiting the site here:


Don’t forget that we have wealth of information about the First World War down in our history section on Level 2. You can also get day-by-day reportage of the entire war through our extensive online newspaper archives available on Library Catalogue Plus.

Eden Flix Presents ‘Future By Design’

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Next Wednesday afternoon (14th May) in the Cope Auditorium at 3pm Eden Flix is hosting a free showing of Academy Award nominated director William Gazecki’s acclaimed 2006 documentary Future By Design.

Future By Design shares the life and far-reaching vision of Jacque Fresco, considered by many to be a modern day Da Vinci. Peer to Einstein and Buckminster Fuller, Jacque is a self-taught futurist who describes himself most often as a “generalist” or multi-disciplinarian – a student of many inter-related fields.

Eden Flix are a series of highly acclaimed, thought-provoking and inspirational documentaries on issues related to engineering, design and social consciousness.

All staff and students at Loughborough are freely welcome to attend, though booking is necessary. To do that, follow this link.