Black History Month October 2018

The 1966 short film Jemima and Johnny will be shown as part of Black History Film Festival 2018

Black History Month (BHM) is held every October with the aim of promoting knowledge of black history, culture and heritage, and positive black contributions to British society. In support of BHM the University, in conjunction with the Multicultural Staff Network and Student Union and Portsmouth Film Society, is supporting various activities throughout the Month.

Black History Film Festival 2018 – Free admission to UoP staff and students

Supported by the University of Portsmouth Multicultural Staff Forum, the Students’ Union, Portsmouth Film Society (PFS), hosted by the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries presents its eighth
Black History Month Festival season of films. PFS presents the work of four special films in the Eldon Building, throughout October. Staff and students can get free entry to the film screenings by showing
your staff or student ID card.

  • 3 October-Winnie (documentary) (7:30pm Eldon)
  • 10 October-The Black Panthers (documentary) (7:30pm Eldon)
  • 17 October-Jemima and Johnny (short) (7:30pm Eldon)
  • 24 October-Themba (7:00pm Eldon)

Check out PFS full film details

Black British Authors display Library

Throughout October, in celebration of Black History on the first floor landing display area of the library there will be a selection of books by Black British authors and books pertaining to the subject of Black history. Why not pop in and take a look?

Writing Freedom: Black Anti-Slavery Lecturers in the UK, 1838-1860

The Celebrity, Citizenship and Status project are putting on a free talk by Dr Simon Morgan (Leeds Beckett University) on Wednesday 17 October at 3-5pm in Milldam LE 1.03. The talk will be on: ‘Writing Freedom: Black Anti-Slavery Lecturers in the UK, 1838-1860’. Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Wednesday 17 October
Time: 3-5pm
Venue: Milldam Building LE 1.03

The Black Poppy Rose –Public Lecture

A public lecture by Selena Carty, Founder of the Black Poppy Rose
The Black Poppy Rose was created in 2010, following the realisation that in a country that many African/Black/West Indian/Pacific Island people call home, the history that represents them has been displaced over the course of time. In this illustrated talk, Selena Carty will outline why it is so important to remember not only the soldiers but also the peoples in these communities who contributed in any way for the war effort.

Date: Wednesday 31 October 2018
Time: 6-7 pm, followed by a drinks reception
Venue: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH
Admission is free – please reserve your place on Eventbrite

Black Writers in Portsmouth in The Age of Slavery: Gronniosaw, Equiano, and Jea – Public Lecture

A public lecture by Brycchan Carey, Professor of English, Northumbria University, Vice-President and International Officer, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

In this illustrated talk to mark Black History Month, Professor Brycchan Carey will explore the fascinating life stories and writings of some of the Black writers who lived in or visited Portsmouth during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Often arriving as sailors in the Royal Navy, these writers include Britain’s first published Black writer Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, the former slave and later abolitionist Olaudah Equiano, and the American preacher John Jea.

Date: Wednesday 31 October 2018
Time: 3.00PM – 5.00PM
Venue: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH
Admission is free, but please reserve your place on Eventbrite

Race Equality Charter Launch Event

In July 2018 we signed up to this robust and challenging national scheme focusing on tackling race inequality across the Higher Education (HE) Sector. Run by Advance HE, the Race Equality Charter aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

The launch event which will give staff an opportunity to learn more about the charter, will be held on Wednesday 31 October 1:30pm – 3:00pm in Eldon Building, Room 1.11 and will be opened by the Vice-Chancellor, Graham Galbraith.

We are delighted that our keynote speaker is Dr Deborah Gabriel, Founder and Director of Black British Academics and Co-Chair of Bournemouth University’s Race Equality Charter Steering Group. Her presentation is entitled “Embedding Intersectionality into Gender Equality Initiatives: Developing a Critical Race Strategy for Equality and Social Justice.”

Dave Small and Lesley Lee from the University Equality and Diversity Team will also share detailed information on the Race Equality Charter process, the challenges and opportunities it provides and the approach we will be taking here at the University.

Please sign up at Eventbrite.

We are also looking for nine staff volunteers from across the University, academic and professional and support, to join the University Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team, (SAT), helping us drive forward our race equality work and meet the challenge of the Charter principles. Learn more about this opportunity.

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