Black History Month, October 2017

A Taste of Black and Asian History at NTU (feat. Panya Banjoko)

Date: Friday 29 Sept
Time: 3.30pm - 6pm
Location: Old Chemistry Theatre (City Campus)

Drop in or stick around to catch a guest performance from renowned performance poet Panya Banjoko. Along with the chance to hear Panya perform, there will also be live music, exhibits from Nottingham Black Archive and free snacks from around the world. You can also see the new Hidden Treasures (black history) display and pick up some information about what else is going on during Black History Month. 

Panya Banjoko is an established writer and performance poet and has had her work broadcast on both television and radio. Her poetry is hip-hop energy fused with a hymnal element. Panya studied at Nottingham Trent University and in 2008 won the Black Women in the Arts Poetry Award for Outstanding Achievement.

You don’t have to come down for the entire event, pop in at anytime. Panya will be performing at the below times:

Film screening: Hidden Figures (2016, dir. Theodore Melfi)

with guest speaker Dr Kierann Shah, General Manager of the National Space Academy

Date: Weds 25 Oct
Time: 5.30pm (guest speaker at 5.45pm, film at 6-6.15pm)
Location: the nearby Antenna Bar, Beck Street, Nottingham
Cost: FREE but BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL as capacity is limited. Email us to book your place. Drinks can be purchased at the bar. Platters of chips or similar will be provided on each table (first come, first served). 

We are very excited to bring you this recent Hollywood blockbuster about African American female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the 1960s Space Race. Nominated for 3 Oscars and 2 Golden Globes, Hidden Figures is true story based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. Dr Shah will be using her extensive experience to share her thoughts on the film's inspiring lessons in career aspirations.

REACH Staff Network Coffee morning

Date: Weds 25 Oct
Time: 10am - 11am
Location: City Global Lounge

REACH are sharing one of the weekly Global Lounge staff coffee mornings to create an opportunity for staff to come together, enjoy a drink and a bite to eat, meet like-minded individuals and to find out more about REACH.

Hidden Treasures: display

Date: During October and November (see locations below)
Time: all day
Location: City, Newton level 1: 3-17 Oct      Clifton Pavilion: 17-31 Oct      Brackenhurst library: 31 Oct-14 Nov

Over a period of several months, the REACH Network has nominated, debated and voted to come up with their top ten Hidden Treasures who they would like to share with you. This display shines a spotlight on individuals who have influenced the lives of others more than you might know.

We Will Remember Them: exhibition to raise public awareness of Commonwealth troops in WWI

Dates: variable throughout the year. See here for details.
Time: as above
Location: various, throughout Nottingham, Derby and Leicester 

Nottingham Black Archive, NTU's Prof. Sharon Monteith and literature organisation Renaissance One have utilised funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Centre for Hidden Histories to produce a touring exhibition to commemorate forgotten Commonwealth troops.

Alice Walker and the Civil Rights 'Southern Gothic', by Professor Sharon Monteith

Dates: Tues 10 Oct
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Location: Nottingham Contemporary

An informal reading and discussion group focussed on different versions of the American South as realised in the work of four of its authors. Sharon Monteith is Professor of American Literature and Cultural History at NTU. This event is free to attend but booking is essential. See here for details.


Honey Williams of the Pickyheads - the Art of Afrotherapy

Date / Time / Location: Exhibition - Tues 17 and Weds 18 Oct (all day), Newton Building Ground Floor;
                                 Participatory Event - Wed 18 Oct, 2-3pm, NEWN48
                                 No booking is required for this event.

Honey is a Renaissance woman, Singer Songwriter, Graphic Artist, Illustrator, Choir Director of the Gang of Angels Choir and Image Activist. Honey runs Contemporary Natural Hair by the Pickyheads, a group focusing on increasing the love for black women via discussion, art, photography and events. Her  'Contemporary Natural Hair' blog has over 10,000 followers. The Pickyheads highlights the beauty and misconceptions of hair and skin of African descent which promotes body positivity, womanism, art, music, film, podcast, culture, political race theory and sexuality.

The Relationship between Science and the Scientist: Lessons from Psychology

Date: Weds 25 Oct
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Location: Newton LT5 

Dr Barlow Wright is an experimental psychologist who is passionate about encouraging students from diverse backgrounds to draw on their experiences in completing their degree and entering the world of work. His research interests span the psychology of reasoning, disability psychology, and the psychology of ethnicity. Dr Wright will talk about his research and how this links with his personal experiences. No booking is required for this event.

From a humble background, Dr Wright grew up during a time when, in his words, “being a black kid was pretty risky!”. For his undergraduate degree he was offered, and accepted, a place at the University of Oxford, and was one of only two blind students to study Experimental Psychology. He achieved college scholarships, completed his degree with First Class Honours and gained his PhD from the same institution.