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Learning Community Newsletter Week 6

Posted on 15 February 2021

All the latest from the department

This week is One Planet Week at the University! This means there’s a whole host of different events that celebrate sustainability research and work completed at the University of York. I’ve listed a couple of One Planet Week (OPW) events below, but do check out the full event programme, as there are many, many more. If that doesn’t give you enough sustainability content, the University also has a dedicated YouTube channel just for sustainability events that has a number of great talks (including all of last year's OPW events!). 

Aside from OPW, there are some other great events lined up for this week, so do check out the full selection below. In particular, if you are a first-year student who would like to meet other first-years studying Politics, check out the special event from PolSoc that will be running this Friday. 

I hope you all have a fantastic week, 

Jeremy Moulton (Learning Community Officer)


Why We Can’t Separate Anti-Racism from the Fight Against the Climate Emergency

Tuesday 16th February 7pm, Online

OPW and the York Anti-Racist Collective Society have teamed up to bring you this talk, featuring special guest Simmone Ahiaku, who is a Campaigning and Influencing Consultant at NUS. For this talk, followed by a Q&A, Simmone will be talking about the colonial history of climate change followed by a discussion on environmental racism, today and how racism as a whole affects climate movements. To register or learn more, please check out the event page

Bottom-Up Responses to Violence in Mexico 

Wednesday 17th February 1pm, Online

In this week’s Departmental Colloquium, Yael Lopez Torres will be presenting her paper ‘Multilevel democracy: An exploration of responses to violence in Mexico from below. All welcome! Join via Zoom

Solicitor Series: Assessing Trainee Skills

Wednesday 17th February 4:30pm, Online

Are you interested in becoming a solicitor? One way to find out more is to try a day in the life of a trainee. Come along to this event to try out interactive activities based on traditional trainee tasks. If you are interested in a career in law, these exercises could be similar to those you might do in assessment centres - so an opportunity for applicable experience. Register here

Neo-Imperialism, Migration and Climate Justice

Thursday 18th February 7pm, Online

This OPW event will feature presentations by Dr. Sara de Jong, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics, who will introduce the topic of climate (in)justice and post- and decolonial politics and Isabella Hughes, an alumna of the Department of Politics, who will speak about her MA research on the unexpected role of reforestation events in Kenya and the importance of intersectional analysis to draw out the differential impacts these events have on Indigenous Peoples. To register or learn more, please check out the event page

Meet Your Coursemates Event

Friday 19th February 7pm, Online

From PolSoc: ‘Here at PolSoc, we recognise how difficult it has been to make friends with other students within your course. This mixer event, exclusively for first years, is a great opportunity to meet groups of students with similar academic interests and hobbies within the Politics Department and have a chat or game with them. Please fill out this Google Form so that we can put you in a group with similar interests. On Friday, join via Zoom