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Black History Month at NTU

Black History Month (BHM) is an annual celebration of the successes and achievements of the black community and a time for recognising their impact in society.

We’ve planned a special season of events and activities not just in October, but throughout this whole academic year to celebrate the important black historical figures who helped make Britain what it is today. We recognise that the Black history experience is not limited to one month each year, and have made a commitment to work year-round to host a programme of events, resources and campaigns to help create a more equal future for everyone. #BHM365

From film screenings and reading and writing workshops, to samba drumming and music talks, there will be something for everyone to enjoy and participate in.

September 2021

DateTimeEventEvent DetailsVenueWho can attendBooking
16 September7 pmMy Name is Why: In Conversation with Lemn SissayTalk MetronomeAnyoneReserve your place

August 2021

DateTimeEventEvent DetailsVenueWho can attendBooking
17 August1 pm - 2 pm

South Asian Heritage Month panel conversation

To mark the end of SAHM we will be speaking to colleagues about their lived experiences and South Asian heritage

OnlineStaff and Students

Join the conversation

18 August5 pm - 6 pmFormations: Lace
YouTube launch: Empowerment Doll making with artist Rita Kappi.
Following her Zoom workshop in July, we are delighted to launch a video where Rita Kappia will introduce her Empowerment Doll project and provide instruction to create your own doll.OnlineAllBook to attend here

July 2021

DateTimeEventEvent DetailsVenueWho can attendBooking
19 July5 pm - 5 45 pm

In conversation with South Asian Heritage Month and Jagdish Patel

We will start of our celebrations with representatives of the South Asian Heritage Month team who will speak about the importance of this month

OnlineStaff and Students

Join the conversation

21 July6 30 pm - 8 pmFormations: Lace
Creative Writing Workshop with Angela Costi and Eve Makis: Writing as Embroidery
In this writing workshop, Angela Costi will thread the story of her Cypriot grandmother’s lace and embroidery making, called Lefkarathika, which imbues her poetry making.OnlineAllSold out
24  July10.30 am - 12 pmFormations: Lace
Empowerment Doll-making workshop with artist Rita Kappia
In this workshop, you can make your own Empowerment Doll using a range of common materials. Advance registration is required and a free package of the materials you will need to make your doll will be sent to you.OnlineAll but aimed at 8 -12 year olds and families.Book your ticket here

June 2021

Windrush Day at NTU - June 22 2021

Time ​EventDescription ​AudienceHow to join
11AM – 12PM​Open Lecture: "The Dehumanisation of the Immigrant: Understanding the Propaganda of 'Savages' and 'Swarms'" ​Colin Alexander’s lecture will contextualise the Windrush Generation from an academic perspective.​Staff and StudentsView the lecture
1PM - 2PM​In conversation with Nottingham Windrush Support Forum, Windrush Justice Clinic and Bright ideas NottinghamA discussion about organisations that support the Windrush generations in a variety of capacities, with a focus on the importance of having a support network when seeking justice through the juristically system. ​Staff and StudentsView the conversation

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Booking

22 June – 22 August 2021

10:00 – 18:00

Don’t Blame the Blacks

Exhibition

Nottingham Castle

Anyone

Reserve your place

May 2021

April 2021

DateTimeEventEvent typeVenueWho can attendBooking
21 Apr6.30 pm – 8.30 pmHero’s Journey Creative Writing Workshop with Eve Makis and Anthony CropperWorkshopOnlineAnyoneReserve your place
22 Apr1 pm – 3 pm

Stephen Lawrence Day 'Silence is not an option'

The Right Honourable Stuart Lawrence, will be our special guest and speaker at this event.

TalkOnlineNTU staff and studentsClick here to join live (no need to pre-book)

Find out more (click here if you're an NTU staff member, or here if you're an NTU student)
28 Apr5 pm – 7 pmConversation: Behind the Line – KARVAN meets Kwanzaa Collective UK to talk about CARETalkOnlineAnyoneReserve your place

March 2021

DateTimeEventEvent typeVenueWho can attendBooking
18 Mar5 – 6 pmConversation: Colonialism, Contagion and the Race to VaccinateTalkOnlineAnyoneReserve your place
31 Mar6.30 – 8.30 pmHero’s Journey Creative Writing Workshop with Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper *sold out*WorkshopOnlineAnyoneReserve your place

February 2021

DateTimeEventEvent typeVenueWho can attendBooking
3 Feb7 – 8.30 pmRoundtable discussion: Slavery and Public History in the UK and USTalkOnlineAnyoneReserve your place
17 Feb6.30 – 8 pmWriting Statues: Creative Writing Workshop with Eve MakisWorkshopOnlineAnyoneReserve your place

January 2021

DateTimeEventEvent typeVenueWho can attendBooking
18 Jan5 – 7 pmThe dream of love, peace and equality: Dr Martin Luther KingTalkOnlineAnyoneReserve your place
20 Jan 6.30 – 8 pmResilience Writing: Creative Writing Workshop with Postcolonial Studies Centre writer-in-residence Eve MakisWorkshopOnlineAnyoneReserve your place
26 Jan4 – 5 pmPoetry Reading with Annum Salman: Sense Me, Remembering Incomplete Identities of the PastPoetry readingOnlineAnyoneReserve your place

December 2020

DateTimeEventEvent typeVenueWho can attendBooking
3 Dec7.30 – 9 pmWRAP Live: In conversation with Derek OwusuTalkOnlineAnyoneReserve your place
8 Dec6.30 – 8 pmBook launch: Jenni Ramone, Postcolonial Literatures in the Local Literary Marketplace: Located ReadingBook launchOnlineAnyoneReserve your place
10 Dec6.30 – 7.30 pmInterview: From Brixton to Jamaica with the acclaimed novelist Alex Wheatle – in conversation with Eve MakisInterviewOnlineAnyoneReserve your place

November 2020

DateTimeEventEvent typeVenueWho can attendBooking
18 Nov7 – 8.30 pmValentina De Riso, ‘Indigenous-settler Relations in Canada and Land-Based Reconciliation in Lee Maracle’s Celia’s Song’TalkOnlineAnyoneWatch it here
25 Nov6.30 – 8 pmLandscape Writing: Creative Writing Workshop with NTU’s Postcolonial Studies Centre writer-in-residence Eve MakisWorkshopOnlineAnyoneReserve your place

October 2020

DateTimeEventEvent typeVenueWho can attendBooking
1 Oct5 – 6 pmRace: Let’s Talk About It!Panel discussionOnlineNTU studentsReserve your place
7 – 10 pmWelcome Film Festival 2020 Film screeningOnlineNTU studentsReserve your place
2 Oct2 – 3 pmOnline Book ClubBook clubOnlineNTU students and staffJoin via the Virtual Global Lounge
7 Oct12.30 – 1 pmConversations about race: Black BritonsLive stream conversationOnlineNTU staffClick here to join live (no need to pre-book)
3 – 4 pmWRAP writing hourWorkshopOnlineNTU studentsFind out more
4.30 – 5.30 pmWRAP reading hourWorkshopOnlineNTU studentsFind out more
8 Oct7.30 – 9 pmWRAP writing workshopWorkshopOnlineAnyoneFind out more
9 Oct1 – 2 pmOnline Book ClubBook clubOnline NTU student and staff Join via the Virtual Global Lounge
10 Oct3 – 4.30 pmWRAP writing workshopWorkshopOnlineNTU studentsFind out more
12 Oct7.30 – 9 pmRead a Black AuthorWorkshopOnlineNTU studentsFind out more
13 Oct1 – 2.30 pmRespect at NTUWorkshopOnlineNTU studentsSign up via the Virtual Global Lounge
14 Oct12.30 – 1 pmThe Black British history you may not know aboutLive stream conversationOnlineNTU staffClick here to join live
2 – 3 pmRace and Ethnicity – Achievement and TransformationTalkOnlineNTU students and staffClick here to join live (no need to pre-book)
3 – 4 pmWRAP writing hourWorkshopOnlineNTU studentsFind out more
4.30 – 5.30 pmWRAP reading hourWorkshopOnlineNTU studentsFind out more
15 Oct9 – 10.30 amShaping Enterprise: Diversity in EnterprisePanel discussionOnlineAnyoneReserve your place
5.30 – 7 pmDebate: Faith and RacePanel discussion OnlineNTU students and staff Reserve your place
7 – 8.30 pmSNCC's Stories: Interview with Sharon MonteithInterview and discussionOnlineAnyoneReserve your place
16 Oct1 – 2 pmOnline Book ClubBook clubOnlineNTU students and staff Sign up via the Virtual Global Lounge
20 Oct 1 – 2 pmCultural Diversity WorkshopOnlineNTU students and staff Sign up via the Virtual Global Lounge
6.30 – 8.30 pmResilience Writing: Creative Writing Workshop with Postcolonial Studies Centre writer-in-residence Eve MakisWorkshopOnlineAnyoneReserve your place
7 – 9.30 pmWhat is racism and how can I be an ally?NTSU WorkshopThe Level, NTSUNTU students Reserve your place
21 Oct12.30 – 1 pmConversations about race:  Discovering our hidden treasuresLive stream conversationOnlineNTU staff Click here to join live (no need to pre-book)
1 – 2 pmProfessor Corinne Fowler, Colonial Countryside: Addressing Country Houses’ Colonial LinksResearch seminar OnlineNTU students and staff Reserve your place
1 – 3 pmInspiring Enterprise: Celebrating black female entrepreneursSeminarOnlineAnyoneReserve your place
2 – 3 pmBlack ActivismTalkOnlineNTU students and staffClick here to join live (no need to pre-book)
2 – 4 pmWhat is racism and how can I be an ally?NTSU WorkshopOnlineNTU studentsReserve your place
3 – 4 pmWRAP writing hourWorkshopOnlineNTU studentsFind out more
4.30 – 5.30 pmWRAP reading hourWorkshopOnlineNTU studentsFind out more
22 Oct7.30 – 9 pmWRAP writing workshopWorkshopOnlineNTU studentsFind out more
23 Oct1 – 2 pmOnline Book ClubBook clubOnlineNTU students and staffSign up via the Virtual Global Lounge
5.30 – 6.30 pmSamba drumming workshop delivered by Nikki from ArtBeatCarnival Samba Drumming SessionOnline  NTU studentsEmail music@ntu.ac.uk to reserve your place.
24 Oct3 – 4.30 pmWRAP writing workshopWorkshopOnlineNTU students Find out more
26 Oct 1 – 2 pmDecolonising the UniversityConversationOnlineNTU students and staffEmail david.hindley@ntu.ac.uk to reserve your place.
27 Oct1 – 2 pmCross-cultural communication WorkshopOnlineNTU studentsBook your place via FutureHub
5.30 – 7.30 pmBlack History Month: Why is it so hard to talk about race?NTSU WorkshopThe Level, NTSUNTU studentsReserve your place
28 Oct12.30 – 1 pmConversations about race:  Black British futureLive stream conversationOnlineNTU staff Click here to join live (no need to pre-book)
2 – 3 pmHate Crime Awareness and SupportTalkOnlineNTU students and staffClick here to join live (no need to pre-book)
2 – 4 pmBlack History Month: Why is it so hard to talk about race?NTSU WorkshopOnlineNTU studentsReserve your place
3 – 4 pmWRAP writing hourWorkshopOnlineNTU studentsFind out more
4 – 5 pm Music for Social Change Talk delivered by award winning Gospel artiste Freddie KofiTalkOnlineNTU students Find out more
4 – 6 pmCelebrating Black Excellence in the Designed and Built EnvironmentTalkOnlineNTU students and staffEmail lottie.kelvey@ntu.ac.uk to reserve your place
4.30 – 5.30 pmWRAP reading hourWorkshopOnlineNTU students Find out more
4.30 – 6 pmMissing: Diverse stories of fashion and textilesTalk followed by Q&AOnlineNTU students and staff Email artexecutivesupport@ntu.ac.uk to reserve your place.
6.30 – 7.30 pmDr Rebecca J. Fraser, The “Citizenship Divas” of Early 19th Century America: Black Female Intellectuals and the Complexities of Bodily Performance​Research Seminar OnlineNTU students and staff Reserve your place
7 – 8.30 pmJohn Edgar Wideman: African American History-Making and Uses of Visual ArtWorkshopOnlineAnyoneReserve your place
29 Oct7.30 – 9 pmWRAP writing workshopWorkshopOnlineNTU students Find out more
30 Oct1 – 2 pmOnline Book ClubBook clubOnlineNTU students and staff Sign up via the Virtual Global Lounge
31 Oct3 – 4.30 pmWRAP writing workshopWorkshopOnlineNTU studentsFind out more

Don't forget to tag us with the hashtags below to share your involvement in our Black History Month programme throughout this academic year!

#BlackHistoryMonth #BHM2020  #BHM365

As a university, we are proud to be a progressive and inclusive university, and we all have a part to play in tackling racism.

Read the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Edward Peck’s statement about the action NTU is taking to improve its knowledge, understanding and approach to racial equality.

For anyone who would like to self-educate, here are a set of articles that may help you as part of your journey.

If you would like to advertise an event, please contact ntu.events@ntu.ac.uk