Black History Month 2019events Tue 1 – Thu 31 Oct 2019, 10:00 – 20:00
The University of Exeter is a diverse community across Devon and Cornwall with students and staff from over 130 countries.
October is Black History Month and the University is celebrating and reflecting on black history with a series of talks, plays and exhibitions that illustrate Maya Angelou’s words: “In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
Throughout the month students, staff and members of the wider community can attend a range of talks from Black Histories in the South West to Identity and Belonging in Brexit Britain; a range of plays from Black Men Walking at the Northcott Theatre to 2000 Stories by Beyond Face in Penryn; and a range of exhibitions from a Black British Cinema Exhibit at the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum to a showcase of Black History and Windrush Collections in the University Library.This summer, the University of Exeter library acquired an extensive Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice digital archive - the first university in Europe to acquire these collections in their entirety. The archives contain primary source documents from archives and libraries across the Atlantic world, covering an extensive time period: 1490 to 2007 including the legacy of slavery, the social-justice perspective and the continued existence of slavery today.
This year’s Black History Month campaign also takes an intersectional approach, looking at black people’s experiences of disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and mental health.
See below for a full list of events and their relevant booking pages:
Running all month from 1 -30 October
- Showcase of Black History/ Windrush Collection at University of Exeter Forum Library on Streatham Campus.
- Poster Competition on Representation in Supreme Courts - Bracton Centre for History Research, University of Exeter, Streatham Campus.
Week One - Black History in the UK
- Dr. Miguel Hernandez lecture on the 'Origins of Black History Month' - Wednesday 2 October, 6.30pm - 7.30pm at the Newman Blue Lecture Theatre, Peter Chalk Centre, Streatham Campus. Admission is free. Find out more here.
- Louisa Adjoa Parker hosts a talk, workshop and Q&A exploring local and regional Black histories. Wednesday 2 October, 2pm -3.30pm at the Exchange Lecture Theatre, Exchange Building, Penryn Campus. Admission is free. Book your space here.
Week Two - Experiences of intersectionality – Race and Disability, including mental health
- Dr Katherine Tyler hosts a seminar on 'Identity, Belonging and the Role of the Media in Brexit Britain' - Wednesday 9 October, 1-2pm in Research Seminar Room 2, Queens Building, Streatham Campus. Admission free, Book your space here.
- Eclipse Theatre present Black Men Walking at the Exeter Northcott Theatre from Wednesday 9 - Saturday 12 October. Tickets £14 - £22. Book tickets here.
- Community Development Worker Dean Harvey presents a talk on race and experiences of mental health and wellbeing - Wednesday 9 October from 2pm - 3.30pm at the Peter Lanyon Building, Seminar Room 8, Penryn Campus. Admission is free. Book your place here.
- Critically acclaimed poets TJ Dema and Louise Adjoa Parker present 'Environments, Bodies and Archives: Poetry and Conversation', an evening of poetry and talks - Thursday 10 October from 6pm-7pm at Studio 74, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS. Admission is free. Book your place here.
- Exeter Graduate and Co-Founding president of the Exeter BAME Law Initiative Ikenna Onyebuchi hosts a discussion about his book The Storm - Friday 11 October from 3.30pm - 4.30pm at Syndicate Room 8, Building One, University of Exeter Business School, Streatham Campus. Admission is free. Book your space here.
Week Three - Experiences of intersectionality – Race and LGBTQ+
- Hate Crime Awareness with Devon and Cornwall Police - from the 15 October
- Screening of Radical Form and the Archive: John Akomfrah's The Nine Muses with an introduction by Dr Felicity Gee, Senior Lecturer in Modernism and World Cinema - Tuesday 15 October from 6.30pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Queens Building, Streatham Campus. Admission is free. You do not need to book a place.
- More than toilets - trans safety, solidarity and black his/her/their-stories, an interactive talk and Q&A with Saba Choudrey, co-founder of Trans Pride Brighton. Friday 18 October from 4.30pm - 6pm at the Newman Collaborative Lecture Theatre, Peter Chalk Chalk Centre, Streatham Campus. Book your place here.
- Exeter BAME Law Initiative launch event 'A View from the Top: Diversity in the Legal Profession' - Wednesday 16 October at Streatham Court, University of Exeter from 5.30pm - 8.30pm. Admission is free. Find out more here.
- Black British Cinema Exhibit at the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum - Old Library, Prince of Wales Road, Streatham Campus. Admission is free.
- Experience of Racism in the NHS and Medical Research - a roundtable event on Wednesday 16 October from 12pm - 1pm at Baring Court 112, St Lukes Campus. There is also a second roundtable event on Friday 18 October at Room G073 at the Knowledge Spa, Truro Campus, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro. Admission is free.
Week 4 - Experiences of intersectionality – Race and Gender
- Panel Discussion: Diversity and Leadership on Monday 21 October at Streatham Court TLT B, Streatham Campus, Rennes Drive from 6pm - More information and bookings to go live shortly.
- Black British History and South Asian Solidarities – and Interactive workshop with Florian Stadtler, Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literatures - Wednesday 23 October from 10.30am - 12pm at Forum Seminar Room 08, The Forum, Streatham Campus. Admission is free.
- Black Thinkers on the Politics of Discrimination - a workshop and discussion with Professor Christine Hauskeller and Clara Hick - Wednesday 23rd October from 3.30pm - 5pm at Forum Seminar Room 09, The Forum, Streatham Campus. Admission is free.
- Beyond Face Theatre Company present Alright Petal? - A sunflower, a lily or a rose? Which flower do you see yourself as? Flowers are beautiful, they come in different shapes and sizes. We appreciate their beauty just simply for what they are. It's time we all did the same for black women. Alright Petal? is Beyond Face's new piece of work from their emerging artist ensemble - Friday 25 October, 6pm - 7.10pm at Studio 3, Thornlea, Department of Drama, New North Road, Exeter. Admission is free. Book a place here.
- What would Martin Luther King do? Class, Race and a Message to the Academy and Historical representations on collective identity and race action, a talk and workshop hosted by Dr Jo Sweetman and Dami Mackay. Wednesday 30 October from 1.30pm -3.30pm in Lecture Theatre 1 at The Institute of Arabic & Islamic Studies, Streatham Campus. Admission is free.
- Kick Racism Out of Football - tournament and conference - Sunday 27 October from 12pm - 2pm at Rubber Crumb, Sports Park, Streatham Campus. Admission is free.
- Beyond Face Theatre present 2000 Stories - a show about the stories that have stayed with us, the ones we have forgotten and the ones we have been forced to hear - Wednesday 30 October from 7.30pm at AMATA ( The Academy of Music and Theatre Arts), Penryn Campus, Falmouth. Tickets £10 - £12 , book them here.