Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s influential & inspirational first black President, arguably the world’s most revered and respected statesman of recent times, died yesterday after a long illness at the age of 95.
A leading figure in the African National Congress (ANC), Mandela was arrested in 1964 by the then apartheid white South African government on charges of treason. He remained in prison for 27 years until an international campaign successfully lobbeyed for his release. He became President of the ANC and led them to victory in the first multi-racial election held in South Africa in 1994.
He shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with the incumbant white South African President, F.W. de Klerk, for their joint role in successfully and peacefully ending apartheid and reuniting the South African nation.
Although he retired from politics after a single term in office in 1999, Mandela remained an active and influential figure in African and global politics up until his death, and his legacy of peace and reconciliation will be remembered worldwide for generations to come.
Students of European culture and history will find themselves in their element by visiting Europeana, a database that provides a doorway to the digital resources of Europe’s museums, libraries and archives.
Here you can access books & manuscripts, art works, photography and audio-visual recordings among an archive containing over 30 million items - and rising!
And as the centenary of World War One approaches next year, over 56,000 images and scans have already come into Europeana, creating a virtual memory bank that reflects all perspectives on the conflict.
Europeana is funded by the European Commission and the Ministries of Culture of 21 European member states. Over 2,300 institutions have contributed to Europeana, including the British Library, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
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The Eden Flix series of thought-provoking documentaries on an environmental theme begins again for the 2013-14 academic year with a screening of the Academy Award nominated 2010 film GasLand, introduced by Dr. Diganta Das, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, at 3pm on Wednesday, 20th November, at the Cope Auditorium.
With the concept of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, becoming increasingly considered as a key source of fuel for the UK, strong opinions supporting and opposing the process are fervidly arising amongst scientists, corporations and environmental activists causing widespread confusion among the population. Concerns speculate that fracking could cause carcinogenic pollution to water and earth tremors and they also elaborate that the shale gas extracted is ultimately, not a long-term nor sustainable option. The reality is that sufficient evidence hasn’t yet been produced to make calculated decisions, despite the seemingly convincing cases made by both sides – exemplified by Josh Fox’s work in GasLand.
Dr. Diganta Das will introduce this screening and open the floor for discussion afterwards. The screening will commence at 3pm and is free for all students and staff to attend, although booking is required as space is limited. You can do this via this link.
Eden Flix presents a series of highly acclaimed, thought-provoking and inspirational documentaries on issues related to engineering, design and social consciousness, and is sponsored by the Centre for Engineering and Design Education as part of the Engineering and Design Educators Network series of events in collaboration with Loughborough’s long-established Flix Society. Watch out for details of further films next year.
Radar, the University’scontemporary arts programme, gets the new term under way with a new European-themed project running throughout October which will interest artists and students of European history and politics alike.
‘Welcome to European Union’is an exhibition of photography, video and works on paper which examines the transformations that have taken place in the newly created borderland areas between Narva in Estonia and Ivangorod in Russia. As new EU lines have been drawn on a map the public spaces ‘inbetween’ the borderlands are contested and new rules and regulations applied, redefining the physical and social boundaries, and reshaping communities.It’s been developed as an interdisciplinary cultural project by the sociologist Alena Pfoser and artist Eva Engelbert, with participation and contributions from the photoclub ‘Narva’, Estonia, and opens tomorrow (Tuesday 8th October) daily between 10AM-4PM in the LUA Project Space in the Edward Barnsley Building (next to the Cope Auditorium in the campus’s East Park) and runs through until Friday 25th October. Admission is free.
Accompanying the exhibition on Friday 18th October, also at the LUA Project Space, is a day-long symposium of presentations and discussion, European Borderscapes, exploring the reconfiguration of European borders after the fall of the Iron Curtain and Eastern enlargement, and how rather than dissolving, the number of borders has multiplied and become more differentiated. Alena Pfoser has programmed the event in collaboration with the CulCom Research Group and has been financially supported by Radar, the Graduate School Research Culture Fund and Loughborough University’s Department of Social Sciences. This event is also free, but booking is required via this link.
Fifty years ago, on 28th August 1963 in Washington DC, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. made his historic “I have a dream” address standing before the Lincoln Memorial to a gigantic crowd gathered for one of the largest Civil & Human Rights marches in American history.
The March had been organized by a collection of civil rights organizations and attended by over 250,000 people. Dr King had become the leading figure of the Movement and was thus invited to make the final speech of the day. As well as becoming a rallying cry for the disenfranchised and downtrodden throughout the world, the speech had the far-reaching effect on the U.S. government by stirring it into action over civil rights, culminating in the creation of both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Today marks the 32nd birthday of one of the most popular and influential video games of all time, Donkey Kong.
A deceptively simple but classic example of the ‘platform game’ genre, Donkey Kong finds the player engaged in an increasingly tricky series of screens as they attempt to save the hero’s girlfriend from the eponymous villainous ape.
Initially created as an arcade console game by Nintendo and released in July 1981 as an attempt to break into the lucrative American arcade market, Donkey Kong became a raging success across the world, eventually leading to an even more popular series of spin-off games starring Donkey Kong’s everyman plumber hero, Mario.
Computer games may have technologically moved on from the clunky, 10p-gobbling wooden cabinets of the 70′s and 80′s, but their appeal shows no sign of abating. We have a wide range of material amongst our stock, both online and in hard copy, examining the gaming industry and its cultural, social and economic impact down the decades. Those interested in creating and designing their own games are also catered for among our considerable computer programming section.
(No, you don’t need to climb any girders to get them, even if the Library building is currently closed and covered in scaffolding – if you spot a book you’d like to read, just request it via Library Catalogue Plus, and our own team of Super Mario Bros will do the rest!)
Donkey Kong screenshot by Mister Snappy, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.
The School of Politics, History and International Relations will be presenting a free screening of the harrowing 2012 infanticide documentary film It’s a Girl next Tuesday in the Stewart Mason Building.
This one hour film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son.
In India and China, where sons are valued and daughters are burdens, millions of babies are killed, abandoned or selectively aborted, simply because they are girls. The result of longstanding traditions and governmental policies, this devaluation of females has led to rampant violence against women and a growing female “gendercide”. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this gendercide.
The screening of the film will take place in SMB017, Stewart Mason Building, on Tuesday 11th June at 6:30pm. Light refreshments and further discussion on the film and the issues of today’s infanticide will take place after the screening.
Today is World Environment Day, and the theme for this year’s event is Think, Eat, Save, the aim of which is to highlight awareness of food wastage and to empower people to make better choices about the food they eat so as to reduce the overall ecological impact resulting from the present worldwide production of food.
The event is the brainchild of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and was launched in 1973. It is commemorated with an international exposition beginning on the 5th June in a different country every year, and this year’s host is Mongolia.
A new exhibition opened at the British Library today examining the potent power of propaganda and its often insidious influence on modern human civilisation.
Propaganda: Power and Persuasion explores international state propaganda from the 20th and 21st centuries, encompassing the many ways posters, films, cartoons, sounds and texts have been used by world nations of every political & social creed to try and influence and persuade their citizens to their point of view.
Over 200 different items are on display ranging from recruiting material such as the famous 1917 ‘Uncle Sam’ US Army poster pictured opposite, to playing cards & board games and multimedia sources such as TV adverts, right up to the digital age with a section devoted to social media and Twitter in particular.
The exhibition runs from 17th May to 17th September. For further details, visit the British Library website here;