The York Union is proud to host a panel discussion which explores the rising culture and politics of fear in Western politics, the reasons for the unexpected Trump victory, and the rejection of expert advice. Throughout the discussion the audience and panelists will judge the implications of 2016 politics for tomorrow.
Learn about the amazing technology behind the LIGO detectors, which can measure the signatures of space-time ripples less than a million millionth the width of a human hair, and explore the exciting future that lies ahead for gravitational-wave astronomy as we open an entirely new window on the Universe.
As the Holocaust recedes in time, the guardianship of its legacy is being passed on from its survivors and witnesses to the next generation. How should they, in turn, convey its knowledge to others? What are the effects of a traumatic past on its inheritors? And what are the second generation's responsibilities to its received memories? Eva Hoffman - a child of Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust, but whose entire families perished - explores through personal reflections, and considering historical, psychological, and moral implications of the second-generation experience.
Join the University of York Jewish Society at a screening of Son of Saul, the 2015 Hungarian Oscar winner directed by Laszlo Nemes about a day-and-a-half in the life of Saul Auslander, a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando.
The process of gentrification has produced one of the largest literatures in urban studies, yet there have been few academic studies of resistance to gentrification; indeed detailed studies of anti-gentrification protests, struggles and activism seem to have been side-lined by attention to the causes and effects of gentrification
From prosaic historical accounts to tall tales of bloody portents, the Old Norse sagas demonstrate that the challenge of writing the great king’s defeat offered surprising opportunities for creativity and literary innovation
What does it mean to be above or below in today’s rapidly urbanising world? As humans excavate deep into the earth, build ever-higher into the skies, and saturate airspaces and inner orbits with all sorts of machines, how might we understand the remarkable verticalities of our world?
Marc Niyonkuru is an independent journalist from Burundi who has reported on human rights violations since 2008. He has investigated and disclosed arms trafficking and human rights abuse during the electoral process
Nodjigoto Charbonnel is the director of the Centre de Réhabilitation des Victimes de la Torture (AJPNV) in Chad. The AJPNV works primarily towards the rehabilitation of torture victims, the abolition of torture, and the education of citizens of Chad on human rights. It provides medical, psychosocial and legal support to victims of torture, IDPs, and female victims of sexual violence
Populist movements and parties have thrived in Southern Europe in recent years. Their success is often related to the influence of the financial crisis and its disastrous impact on the quality of life of ample sectors of the population throughout the region, that is, to demand-side variables emerging from an impoverished populations. This presentation reviews reaction to the crisis in Italy, Greece and Spain and examines why political outcomes have been markedly different in these three cases.
Doaa Mostafa is a lawyer and Criminal Justice Programme Director at the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), an NGO that was established in 2013 and has quickly become one of the leading human rights organisations in the country. ECRF have led the campaign to Stop Enforced Disappearances in Egypt, a human rights violation that has increased dramatically over the past few years.
York is one of the UK's great heritage cities, and the quality of its centre is one of its chief selling points - it attracts visitors (about 7 million a year), students and entrepreneurs. It is a great place to live. But the quality of the public realm is under threat. Ron will examine some of the issues, and what has recently been done about them, and what can be done. He will mainly refer to the work of the civic trust's City Enhancement Fund, and may well mention his new book: York: changing the face of the city.
Since the launch of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) in May 2012, the United Kingdom has positioned itself as a global champion for the eradication of wartime sexual violence. Through diplomatic pressure, United Nations Security Council resolutions, expanded funding, the development of international guidelines, expert training and deployments, and wide public engagement, the UK has concentrated attention on the issue, and become a major actor in the international Women, Peace and Security agenda in the process