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Learning Community Newsletter Week 5 out today

Posted on 3 February 2020

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It is February which means across the campus in the coming weeks we are marking LGBT+ History Month! The month raises awareness of the community’s history, lives and experiences in education, culture and society. On campus we welcome students, staff and the public to join in with our events and conversations - and we’ll continue those conversations on social media with #UoYLGBTHistory. Have a look at the brilliant events that are on offer here

If during your time in the Department you should need to speak to anyone in Politics regarding LGBT+ issues, we have a Department LGBT+ Officer, Dr Susan Forde, who would be happy to chat!

The great lineup of LGBT+ History Month comes on top of a packed week in our Politics Learning Community schedule - so there really is something for everybody this week! Do have a scroll on down and have a look at what’s on offer across the Department and the University. 

Hope you all have a fantastic week, 

Jeremy Moulton (Learning Community Officer)

This week

Graduate Colloquium

Tuesday 4th February 1-2pm, D/N/104

Department of Politics PhD candidate Diane Kirkwood will be presenting her paper, ‘What is the nature of Britain’s values divide and how does it affect the party system?’. Diane is supervised by Professor Neil Carter and Dr Sofia Vasilopoulou. Attendance is open to all and coffee and snacks will be provided!

Film Screening

Tuesday 4th February 6:30-8pm, SLB/118

The University is showing the award-winning film For Sama, an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. The film is a love letter from a young mother to her daughter, telling the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria, as she falls in love, gets married, and gives birth to Sama. This really ought not to be missed, though I’m told to recommend people bring tissues as it’s an emotional journey (to put it lightly). 

Holocaust Memorial Event

Wednesday 5th February 1:15-2:45pm, Central Hall

Holocaust Survivor Henri Obstfeld BEM is coming to the University on Wednesday to share his testimoney with staff and students. Henri was born in Amsterdam in 1940. He’ll be sharing the story of both he and his family survived. The event is free to attend, but do register here as there is likely to be high demand. 

PolSoc Event

Wednesday 5th February 6:30-8pm, D/L/036

Dr Richard Johnson of Lancaster University and the amazing Dr Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven of our Department share their takes on the last year of American politics. From the Republicans losing the house, to the impeachment proceedings, to the Democratic Party’s primary process - all this and more will be discussed on Wednesday. The event is entitled, ‘American Politics Update: The Effect on the Trump Impeachment and the Democratic Primaries’ and is open to members of the public. 

Ambassadorial Visit

Thursday 6th February 5:30-7pm, Bowland Auditorium, the Berrick Saul Building

Thursday sees a very special guest come to the Department - Ambassador S. Tayeb Jawad (Afghanistan Ambassador to the UK). The Ambassador will be giving a talk entitled, ‘The Risks and Opportunities to Peace and Security in Central Asia in the Post-Obama/Trump Era: The View from Afghanistan’. Register your interest here.

Keep in touch!

One easy way to keep up to date with what is happening in the department is by following us on social media. Below are the links to the department’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts, as well as the Department’s website: