Leeds Talks - 2011 Black History Month

An exciting program of free talks marks the University’s and LUU's 2011 Black History Month celebrations.


The series, running throughout October, aims to provide a space for anyone, student or non-student, to learn about, discuss and enjoy some amazing histories and engage with a few of the many significant current issues.

Everyone is welcome so please spread the message and bring a friend!

All events are free although some require booking.  For more information, see the Leeds Talks Black History Month Facebook page.

The programme includes:

A Great Black Briton: William Cuffay (1788-1870)
Dr Malcolm Chase
10 October - 6pm - Room G.22, Baines Wing

Of West Indian slave parentage, William Cuffay overcame the challenge of disability at birth to become a leading London trade unionist and radical politician. He had established a national reputation when he was arrested for his part in an attempted rising in Europe's revolutionary year, 1848. Transported to Australia, Cuffay emerged at the end of his sentence to become a leading campaigner for workers' rights in Tasmania. Join us to learn more about - and celebrate - this remarkable man.

The ANC at 100: The Past, Present and Future of South African Politics
Dr Alexander Beresford
18 October - 7pm - The Pack Horse pub meeting room

Dr Beresford's talk will sketch the history of the African National Congress during the anti-apartheid struggle. It will also assess the record of the ANC as a party of government, and the politics of race, class and inequality in the post-apartheid era. - Not to be missed!

Transatlantic Abolition: 19th century Yorkshire
Professor Bridget Bennett
19 October - 1-2pm - Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery

This event is free, but booking is required as places are limited.  Please book online.

Join Professor Bennett for a short talk on her findings while forming the special collection currently on show at Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery: 'Transatlantic Abolition: Nineteenth-Century Yorkshire'.

The exhibition showcases the links Leeds had with the anti-slavery movement on both sides of the Atlantic and reveals the high level of public engagement with abolition in the nineteenth-century. The collection combines lithographs borrowed from the National Portrait Gallery, lectures, photographs, original playbills, archival images and a new animated film to show a crucial part of the city's history, one which has a continued impact today.

After the talk you're welcome to explore the exhibition and ask any questions that you may have.

The Challenges of Good Intentions: Positive Discrimination Policies in Colombia
Lina Zambrano
28 October - 6pm - The Common Room, LUU (behind the union bookshop, opposite The Hidden Cafe)

Lina's presentation will explore some of the complex issues surrounding positive discrimination policies in Colombia. Using a combination of scholarly, ethnographic, quantitative and qualitative research, this talk will openly discuss how Higher Education institutions can reproduce the inequalities they claim to tackle through policy change alone.

By drawing on the findings of the research and intervention project University and Cultures this talk aims to highlight some of the contradictions in the implementation of those policies in Higher Education. The Colombian example will help to illustrate that policies intended to include the marginalised prove to be unsuccessful when governmental and Higher education institutions fail to take into account; the background of policy beneficiaries and/or fail to provide the necessary networks/schemes of support.

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