Black History Month 2018

The theme for 2018 is 'Celebrating Great Black British Achievers'.

There will be a collaboration of events across campus to celebrate Black contributions to British society, and to foster an understanding of Black History in general. See details below.


Open Lecture by Dr Jesús Sanjurjo  

Dr Sanjurjo will explore the intersections between Nationalism, Imperial History and Slavery in the Atlantic World; and will tackle historians’ responsibility to understand and explain those cruel and violent worlds that shaped historical change. Last year the British journalist Gary Younge interviewed the American white-supremacist leader Richard Spencer. At one point during the meeting, Younge felt the need to directly ask Spencer if he was proud of slavery; to what he responded that he “was proud of his ancestors”. This open lecture, entitled: Are You Proud of Slavery? Empires, Slave Trade and Radical Politics, is open to staff, students and members of the public.

Date - Monday 29 October

Time and venue - 18:00, D/L/006, Derwent College

Tickets - no booking required

Racism as a virus

Despite over 50 years of race relations law in the UK, reports demonstrate that racial discrimination has not only endured but in some aspects worsened. Thinking about discrimination as a virus, as a social ill that must be addressed at many different levels, may provide a way to address enduring racism. In this talk Professor Solanke suggests that lessons can be learned from public health approaches: just like the flu, racism also needs to be tackled at multiple levels - the individual, the interpersonal, the institutional and the environmental.

Date - Tuesday 30 October

Time and venue - 18:30-19:30, Bowland Auditorium, (Berrick Saul Building)

Tickets - via this eventbrite


Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler - Department of Sociology’s Science Fiction Club  

In Butler's vision of the world in 2026, the US President promises to 'Make America Great Again' by privatising police & fire services, making it legal for citizens to become debtor-serfs to big business, harassing non-Christians and destroying environmental regulations. In a world on fire, water is more expensive than gasoline, and empathy is a dangerous disease. Butler shows how hard, and how essential, it is to fight for hope in a world dominated by ecological disintegration and vicious inequities.

Date - Tuesday 30 October

Time and venue - time TBC, W/222 - Wentworth College

Enquiries and booking - (internal use only)


Updated by the Equality and Diversity Office

October 2018

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