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Angelique Hartigan is displaying some of her work at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea  on Thursday 24 October  including a new series of autumnal scenes to sit alongside the Spring Bluebells. Hidden in amongst this are some Shoreditch Street scenes featuring Brick Lane, the Albion and this part of London’s hipsters.

  • Posted 10 months ago
  • October 2nd, 2013

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FREE THEATRE ROYAL COURT EVENT FOR BIRKBECK STUDENTS

Next week, Monday, 7 October, the Jerwood Theatre at the Royal Court are hosting “The Big Idea: Greed”-  a series of stand-alone events based around the theme of Greed which is designed to loosely tie in with the play, The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas” (still showing until 19 October) which we reviewed recently. One of these events is “Greed: The Debate” featuring philosopher and former Birkbeck lecturer AC Grayling , neuroscientist Kate Jeffrey and journalist Anne McElvoy discusses the ethics and science of greedy behaviour. This should be a really interesting event, and as AC Grayling has connections with Birkbeck the Royal Court Team are offering free tickets to students  - (it is simply a case of calling the Box Office to book Greed: The Debate and bring along your student ID.  All the information for the event can be found here: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/greed-the-debate.

  • Posted 10 months ago
  • October 2nd, 2013

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Black History Month @ Birkbeck

Birkbeck will be celebrating Black History Month throughout October in London by showing inspirational and hard-hitting films about black identity, ‘black power,’ and racial inequality. Five films are being shown at the Stratford East Picturehouse as part of a collaboration involving Birkbeck and The New Black Film Collective. Academics from Birkbeck will share their insights and expertise from different disciplines, including History and Law, at the post-film discussions at two free screenings.

Mike Berlin, lecturer in History at Birkbeck, will speak about the black cultural theorist Stuart Hall following the screening of The Stuart Hall Project on 10 October. Hall – a bright young Rhodes scholar of the Windrush generation – searched for his identity as a black man in England in the 1950s. This led him to consider the impact of historical and political factors on identity, which became his life’s work.

Attillah Springer, Trinidad-born writer and activist, will share her thoughts about the film Who Needs A Heart on 17 October. The film is inspired by the life and times of the black British revolutionary leader Michael X and explores the turbulence of ‘black power’ in England in the 1960s.

Eddie Bruce-Jones, lecturer in Law at Birkbeck, will comment on racial inequalities in the US criminal justice system and their consequences – the subject of the film Broken On All Sides – on 31 October. He will also be joined by Matthew Pillischer, the film’s director, during the post-film discussion.

Bruce-Jones said: “These film screenings are a perfect opportunity to reflect upon the challenges faced, and resilience shown, by black people over recent decades in the UK and overseas. Black History Month is the right time to explore such historic and contemporary footage.”

Programme of film screenings:  To book, please call the Stratford East Picturehouse, Salway Road, London, E15 1BX, on 0871 902 5740 or visit www.picturehouses.co.uk.

Thursday 3rd October: 8:00 – 10:00pm

The Fade UK 2012. Directed by Andy Mundy-Castle. Running time 76 mins. (15)Film screening, talk and discussion, with The New Black Film Collective £6.50

Four barbers, four lives, one story. The Fade is an intimate portrait of four Afro barbers across the world, revealing exactly what the profession means to 21st century society. It’s far more than just a haircut! Set in Ghana, Jamaica, USA and UK, the film interweaves the four barbers’ stories and examines the polarised opposites of their locations, creating an international dialogue between the colourful lives of four men who do the same thing, in different time zones, with very different realities.

Thursday 10th October, 8:00 – 10:00pm

The Stuart Hall Project

UK 2013. Directed by John Akomfrah. Running time 103 mins. (12A) Film screening and discussion, with Birkbeck lecturer Mike Berlin -Free

Stuart Hall is one of the most influential and respected intellectuals of his generation. John Akomfrah’s emotionally powerful film is made entirely from Hall’s film, television, radio and photographic archives, and set to the music of Hall’s musical hero Miles Davis. The film tells the story of how a bright young Rhodes scholar of the Windrush generation became Stuart Hall, leading cultural theorist. Hall’s search for identity as a black man in England led him to consider the historical and political factors that determine our place in society and impact on our identity, and this became his life’s work. This masterful documentary maps the changes from Britain in the 1950s to the multiculturalism of today.

Mike Berlin

Birkbeck History lecturer Mike Berlin is a specialist in the social history of early modern London. He is currently researching into the history of the British New Left. Mike’s recent BBC Radio 4 series, Journeys Down My Street, traced the historic movement of Somali, Polish, and Viennese Jewish communities to different areas of Britain.

Thursday 17th October, 8:00 – 10:00pm

Who Needs a Heart UK 1991. Directed by John Akomfrah. Running time 78 mins. (15) Film screening, talk and discussion, with Birkbeck Lecturer Anthony Joseph -     Free

John Akomfrah’s innovative and controversial documentary Who Needs a Heart is inspired by the life and times of 1960s black revolutionary leader Michael X, self-styled leader of the Black Muslims in London and president of the Racial Adjustment Action Society. The film uses an impressive musical soundtrack and experimental direction to explore the turbulence of ‘black power’ in 1960s England. Who Needs a Heart describes the social scene behind the political movement, and the emotional and psychological consequences for a group of friends and lovers caught up in it.

Attillah Springer

Attillah Springer is a Trinidad-born writer for publications including Caribbean Beat and Another Magazine. She has written about Trinidad for acclaimed British artist Chris Ofili’s Tate Britain Retrospective and multimedia artist Zak Ove’s continued explorations of Afro Futurism in sculpture. Attilah is a Director of Idakeda Group, a collective of women in her family creating cultural interventions for social change in vulnerable communities in Trinidad and Tobago.

Thursday 24th October: 8:00 – 10:00pm

42 US 2012. Directed by Brian Helgeland. Running time 128 mins. (12A) Film screening, talk and discussion, with The New Black Film Collective £6.50

In 1946, Jackie Robinson is a Negro League baseball player who never takes racism lying down. Branch Rickey is a Major League team executive with a bold idea: Rickey recruits Robinson to break the unspoken colour line as the first modern African American Major League player. As both anticipate, this proves a major challenge for Robinson and his family as they endure unrelenting racist hostility on and off the field, from both players and fans. As Jackie struggles against his nature to endure such abuse without complaint, he finds allies and hope where he least expects it.

Thursday 31st October, 8:00 – 10:00pm

Broken On All Sides US 2012. Directed by Matthew Pillischer. Running time 68 mins. (15) Film screening, talk and discussion, with Birkbeck lecturer Eddie Bruce-Jones FREE
The USA has 25% of all the world’s prisoners and only 5% of the world’s population, and locks up a higher proportion of its racial and ethnic minorities than any other country (including South Africa at the height of apartheid). Matthew Pillischer’s hard-hitting documentary looks at racial inequities within the US criminal justice system and their devastating consequences. Pillischer sets out to explore the reasons behind the high rates of stops, searches, arrests, prosecutions, and prison sentences for people of colour in the US – as well as examining the political and personal impacts of mass incarceration.

Eddie Bruce-Jones

Eddie Bruce-Jones lectures in the School of Law at Birkbeck, University of London. Eddie’s interests include anti-discrimination law, human rights, international refugee law, legal theory, prison studies, ‘culture’ and colonialism. Eddie has taught general education and writing courses in prisons in Boston and New York and has worked on prison reform issues in various capacities.

A collaboration: TNB BHM 2013 is the third year of The New Black Film Festival during Black History Month. The New Black are proud to be collaborating with Birkbeck, University of London to bring you this exciting programme of titles from the African Diaspora. In partnership with NUSHO (Nu Social Health Organisation) The New Black will be running art/culture/heritage events before the screenings. Check out www.tnbfc.co.uk for more details.

  • Posted 10 months ago
  • October 2nd, 2013

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criminalwisdom:

Why Scandinavian Prisons Are Superior

It’s a postcard-perfect day on Suomenlinna Island, in Helsinki’s South Harbor. Warm for the first week of June, day trippers mix with Russian, Dutch, and Chinese tourists sporting sun shades and carrying cones of pink ice cream.
“Is this the prison?” asks a 40-something American woman wearing cargo pants and a floral sleeveless blouse.
Linda, my guide and translator, pauses beside me between the posts of an open picket fence. After six years of teaching as a volunteer inside American prisons, I’ve come from the private college where I work to investigate the Scandinavian reputation for humane prisons. It’s the end of my twelfth prison tour, and I consider the semantics of the question: If you can’t tell whether you’re in a prison, can it be a prison? I’ve never considered this in so many words. Yet I find that I know  the answer, having felt it inside a prison cell in Denmark: There is no punishment so effective as punishment that nowhere announces the intention to punish. Linda is an intern working on a degree in public policy. Young and thoroughly practical, she smiles and says to the tourists, “Yes, you are here.”  
 [Image: Doran Larson]

(Source: theatlantic)

criminalwisdom:

Why Scandinavian Prisons Are Superior

It’s a postcard-perfect day on Suomenlinna Island, in Helsinki’s South Harbor. Warm for the first week of June, day trippers mix with Russian, Dutch, and Chinese tourists sporting sun shades and carrying cones of pink ice cream.

“Is this the prison?” asks a 40-something American woman wearing cargo pants and a floral sleeveless blouse.

Linda, my guide and translator, pauses beside me between the posts of an open picket fence. After six years of teaching as a volunteer inside American prisons, I’ve come from the private college where I work to investigate the Scandinavian reputation for humane prisons. It’s the end of my twelfth prison tour, and I consider the semantics of the question: If you can’t tell whether you’re in a prison, can it be a prison? I’ve never considered this in so many words. Yet I find that I know  the answer, having felt it inside a prison cell in Denmark: There is no punishment so effective as punishment that nowhere announces the intention to punish. Linda is an intern working on a degree in public policy. Young and thoroughly practical, she smiles and says to the tourists, “Yes, you are here.” 

[Image: Doran Larson]

(Source: theatlantic)

  • Posted 10 months ago
  • September 26th, 2013

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Birkbeck Student Tania Rahman talks about her Charity Work

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For the last two years I  have  taken  part  in  the  ‘Race  For  Life’ and  ‘Cancer  Research  UK’.  Last  year  I  took  part  on  my  own,  which  was  no  fun  especially  because  everyone  else  was  in  teams.  This  year  I  was  lucky  enough  to  be  chosen  by  Heart  FM  Radio  for  Team  Heart.  We  were  invited  to  the  Heart  Radio  studios  for  a  briefing; we received  our  ‘Team  Heart’ T-shirts and  we even  got  a  mention  on  air.  On a  blazing  hot  day and with  Heart FM  hosting  on  the  day; with stalls  everywhere,  the  Race  For  Life  took  on  a  festival-like  atmosphere. ‘Stylist’ magazine also had  its own  team. 

As  well  as  being  able  to  help  people (who  need  it),  one  of  the  benefits  of volunteering for a charity is  getting  experience  in  things  that  you  may  not  be  able  to  in  your  everyday  routine.  If  you  do  not  have  time  to  commit  to  a  regular  volunteering  role,  many  charities  host  events  and  challenges  which you  can  take  part  in  to  raise  money  or  volunteer  for.  ‘Cancer  Research  UK’  organises  challenges  and  events  all  year  round  for  people; there are many sporting  events (other  than  the  Race  For  Life) like  Shine,  5km  and  10km  runs,  which  also  help  to  highlight  the  importance  of  exercise  in  the  fight  against  cancer. 

Capital  and  Heart  FM  also  have  their  own  charities,  ‘Help  A  Capital  Child’  for  under privileged  children  in  Great  Britain,  and  ‘Have  A  Heart’  for  terminally  ill  children,  which all require volunteers  for  roles  such  as  manning  telephones  during  on  air  appeals,  and  helping  at  events  like  ‘Capital  Rocks’.  These  roles  are  now  so  popular  that  they  are  turning  volunteer  requests  down.  All  these  charities  encourage  people  to  organise  their  own fundraising  events. 

Once  you  leave  school  or  university  and  get  stuck  in  an  everyday  routine  you  can  lose  access  to  a  lot  of  opportunities  like  being  able  to  take  part  in  events,  unless  you  are  lucky  enough  to  work  for  an  employer  that  gets  involved  in  them  as  well.  Some  people  may  see  volunteering  / working  for  free  as  a  way  for  employers  to  get  cheap / free  labour;  but  the  truth  is  that  the  Arts  industries  not  only  rely  on  volunteers  to  fill  many  roles  but  unpaid  work  is  sometimes  the  only  way  to  get  experience  and  your  foot  in  the  door.  There  is  a  lot  of  competition  for  work  experience  these  days.  It  can  also  be  a  way  to  try  something  that  you  have  always  wanted  to  do – so give it a go!!   

Tania  Rahman  is studying  Creative  Writing  at  Birkbeck  University and currently  working  at  the  British  Museum.

For future charity events see:

http://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/choose-your-event/index.html?gclid=CLqPkbio5rkCFU5f3godkTkA_Q

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/directory/United+Kingdom/London/fundraisers/

http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/content/big-bucket-collection?gclid=CMumj92o5rkCFcFc3godTHYAEg

  • Posted 10 months ago
  • September 25th, 2013

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