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Learning Community Newsletter Week 3

Posted on 12 October 2020

All the latest from the Department of Politics

With the first week of teaching behind us, I'm sure many of you are looking to further engage with the life of our community and to further your knowledge of politics! Well, I've got great news - this week's Learning Community Newsletter is filled with brilliant opportunities to do so. Again, we have a week filled with fantastic online events that I thoroughly recommend you have a look at. 

Another suggestion I would like to make this week is to have a look at the fantastic York Politics Review (YPR). Throughout the summer and into this term, the YPR have been publishing submissions from students in our Department. They are great reads and, if you are interested in writing and being published, the YPR could be a great way to get your own work out there. Recent pieces I have enjoyed include Sam Lewis’s ‘Why candidate debates need to change’ and Gemma Longman’s ‘Should the Government use coronavirus as an opportunity to create a green economy?’. Head over to the YPR’s website to see more recent articles and to learn more about the publication. 

Hope you all have a fantastic week, 


A British Basic Income: Has the Time Come?

Monday 12th October 6:30-8pm, Online Event 

Featuring our Department’s Prof. Louise Haagh, this event organised by Fabian Economy and Finance Group brings together a panel of experts dedicated to one of the hottest contemporary topics in economic policy - basic income. Book using the Eventbrite page.  

Cheese and Wine Evening with Prof Nina Caspersen

Tuesday 13th October 6pm, Zoom

The first Cheese and Wine Evening of the new academic year will feature Prof. Nina Caspersen discussing recent violent tensions between Russia-supported Armenia and Turkey-supported Azerbaijan. Join on Tuesday using this Zoom link

Cheese and Wine Evening with Dr Barbara Yoxon 

Wednesday 14th October 6pm, Zoom

Speaking at PolSoc’s second Cheese and Wine Evening of the week, former York Politics lecturer, Dr Barbara Yoxon (University of Lancaster), will be discussing why asylum seekers have become an increased focus of public interest during the coronavirus pandemic. Join on Wednesday using this Zoom link.

A Green Recovery: The Future of Transport in York

Tuesday 13th October 7:30pm, Online Event

Two students in our Department launched the University’s Greenpeace Society this summer. They have a fantastic event coming up this week that, as the name details, discusses the future of transport in the city of York and how the sector can be made more environmentally friendly. For more information and the Zoom link, check out the event page.

Mental Health: Another Casualty of Coronavirus?

Thursday 15th October 6:30-8pm

2020’s World Mental Health Day Lecture features Dr Kwame McKenzie (Wellesley Institute) as keynote speaker. The evening promises talks and discussion on the implications and effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of different groups and communities from a range of academic perspectives. To read more about this event and to register for your place, check the event page.  

PolSoc Election Night Coverage 

Tuesday 3rd November

Advance warning about this event as there’s a chance to participate! PolSoc are looking to do a live review of the US Presidential election results during a shared watching of CNN’s coverage. During ad breaks of the broadcast, PolSoc are looking for two students to act as pundits, to discuss the incoming results. If you think you would make a great pundit, please register your interest here. The deadline for registering interest is 21st October. 



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