This Week at Loughborough | 19 October
Black History Month
White Lies? Examining how Academia Reproduces Racism
20 October, 3 – 4.30pm, Online
This event is organised by the Open Research Collective. They are part of an international network of ReproducibiliTea journal clubs and the local UK Reproducibility Network at Loughborough University.
Join a discussion on how academic systems such as funding, peer-review and publication reproduce and enable racial disparities.
Our goal is to have fruitful conversation, think outside the box of “but we have always done it like this” and to examine our own place in academia.
For more booking details visit the event page.
Early Graduate Stories
21 October, 6 – 7.15pm, Online
Join recent graduates for this online panel event as they discuss their experiences as Black students, family and culture, role models and support networks, and workplaces.
You will have the chance to hear from alumni working across several different sectors, including engineering and banking.
Our speakers are:
- Aisha Adedeji, Business Relationship Manager at Barclays
- Raphael Amajouyi, Energy and Sustainability Development Consultant at Hurley Palmer Flatt
- Triston Andre, Change Manager at BT and Founder at Gentleman of Growth
Booking information for this event can be found on the event page.
UNISON Reading Challenge Launch
22 October, 12 – 1pm, Online
This year in the wake of the BLM protests around the world we have decided to run this year’s reading challenge with a focus on Black and minority writers and literature.
The event will have special guest, the Vice-Chancellor, who is a lifelong supporter of the challenge. The challenge itself will be introduced and there will be a discussion on Black history within literature.
The challenge invites participants to pick six reads and record and review them in a personal reading diary within a six month period.
Feel of Africa: Textile Print Workshop
23 October, 2 – 5pm, TBC
Get creative and learn about the history of African textiles and the many symbols and meanings contained within the colourful designs.
Working with textile and fashion designer Jue Djaló you will then use a variety of printing techniques, from screen to lino printing to mark making, to create your own unique item. During the workshop you will be printing onto a canvas bag which you can then take away with you at the end of the workshop.
This workshop has been organised in collaboration between LU Arts and the Ethnic Minorities Network.
Find out how to book onto the workshop and more about Jue Djaló’s work on the event page.
Stories of Agency in Africa
23 October, 4 – 5.30pm, Online
Western stereotypes have long represented Africa as a passive continent, waiting to be “saved” by benevolent outsiders from poverty and conflict.
By showcasing research carried out by researchers in the Humanities, Politics and International Relations who have worked and lived in different countries (Kenya, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Senegal, etc), this online panel aims to give a different image of the African continent and refocus the attention on the agency of African countries and their people.
Our five short presentations will highlight the spirit of initiative, negotiations and creativity that Africans display even in difficult circumstances and question myths and realities around conflicts and ‘failed states’, as much as regulating normal life.
More about the panel and booking information can be found on the event page.
Unite Webinar – Black employees personal experiences working in HE
23 October, 6.30 – 8pm, Online
General topic discussion about Black employees working in the HE sector in the East Midlands region with guest speaker Mr Lenford Vessell from Nottingham University.
Booking information for the event can be found on the event page.
Black Culture and Relationships discussion
24 October, 3 – 4.30pm, Online
Autumn Careers Fair
19 – 23 October, Online
We are really excited for you to be part of our first ever Online Careers Fair. This year’s Fair will last all week and will give you the chance to engage with a range of employers from a number of different sectors and industries.
There will be both ‘Live and Interactive’, in addition to ‘On-demand’ content available. The best thing about it? You can access all of this from the comfort of your own room.
Happy Mondays: Portrait Illustration Workshop
19 October, 7 – 9pm, Cognito – LSU
Have a break from your computers and join Pickle Illustration for a creative and relaxing two hour workshop as we tackle the drawing of portraits. Using traditional pen and ink pots we will teach you how to create stylised characterful faces.
The workshop will include some fun warm-up exercises, drawing facial features and you’ll come away with some illustrations of friends and family, which can make wonderful presents. This is for all abilities, non drawers are encouraged.
More information and how to book can be found on the event page.
How to Reshape Your Bones
20 October, 6 – 7pm, Online
Online public lecture presented by Dr Katherine Brooke-Wavell discussing how bone shape, as well as density, can affect risk of osteoporotic fracture, how hone size and shape continue to change over the lifecycle and how exercise can affect bone shape. It will also cover how a few hops a day can change your bones.
Booking information and more public lecture events can be found on the event page.
Was Tolstoy a Populist?
21 October, 2 – 3pm, Online
Leo Tolstoy is sometimes mentioned in passing as self-evidently a Russian populist. But was he? What did he stand for? Can his ideas or his political engagements be characterised as ‘populist’? What was his opinion of contemporary populists? What did he understand as, and claim about, ‘the people’ and social division?
Hosted by the Populism Research Group, Alex Christoyannopoulos will outline some of the core tenets of Tolstoy’s political theory. After this tentative answers will be explored to try to determine the accuracy of descriptions of Tolstoy as ‘populist’ and to reflect upon possible implications.
Booking information is available on the event page.
Dollie Radford’s Lyrics of Modernity
21 October, 4 – 5pm, Online
Dr Sarah Parker, who co-convenes the Cultural Currents 1870-1930 research group. The title of Dr Parker’s talk is ‘Dollie Radford’s Lyrics of Modernity’. The English Research Seminar series runs bi-monthly in term times and showcases staff and postgraduate research across the subject area.
Visit the event page for booking information.
Business Model Canvas and Pitching Your Idea
22 October, Online
Time to get your idea into action. Run by LSU Enterprise this workshop will take you through the key building blocks that make up a business plan and how to pitch your ideas to investors.
Book your place and learn more on the event page.
The Clamour of Nationalism: Race, Nation and Leftist Complicities
23 October, 1 – 2pm, Online
A talk delivered by Professor Sivamohan Valluvan as part of the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture (CRCC) Seminar Series.
In line with the recent publication of Sivamohan Valluvan’s The Clamour of Nationalism, this talk will explore the contradictory ideological field across which today’s nationalism has been able to establish its validity and appeal.
The talk will draw extended attention to the complicities here of certain left factions and sensibilities. It will be contended that not only is this an abject betrayal of working class struggle as imagined along with anti-racist and cosmopolitan terms, but an opportunist left cannot even hope to gain on this terrain – as it is the political right that retains the more credible and well-trained authority to always triumph if offered these terms.
More information and how to book is available on the event page.
Self-Care Sundays: Relax n Bake with Cook n Bake Society
25 October, 4 – 5pm, Online
Join Ellie from Loughborough’s popular student society: Cook ‘n’ Bake, for Self-Care Sunday. This workshop will help you make two simple bakes, butter biscuits, which are deliciously easy, and some extra naughty chocolate muffins. These recipes are super easy so whether you’re experienced in the kitchen or a beginner these will make your Sunday tasty!
A list of ingredients you will need and how to join are available on the event page.
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