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22nd February,Monday

3pm – Difference as empowering Solidarities: A workshop on organizing politics

With Annapurna Menon, Part Time Visiting Lecturer, and others

This event will be a workshop facilitated by intersectional activists exploring and focusing on how difference can be empowering. We seek to challenge the existing notion of ‘identity as divisive’ to explore how identity is not only important to acknowledge but can further be empowering our solidarity networks. Click here for tickets.

5pm – Towards the Compassionate University: A panel discussion

Led by Kathryn Waddington, Reader in Social Sciences, and others

The event will present a clear and persuasive argument for the development of compassion in higher education in a global climate of increasing competition, complexity and uncertainty, and is aligned with the release of the book ‘Towards the Compassionate University: From Golden Thread to Global Impact’.

Routledge Publishers have agreed to offer a 20% discount code for attendees who wish to pre-order a copy of this book, and all royalties from the book will go to the charity Student Minds. Click here for tickets.

7pm – Pursuit of silence – a photo exhibition

With Adam Lazowski, Professor of EU Law

We live in the era of noise. Noise surrounds us, noise overwhelms us, even if we do not know it. Many of us experience a desperate longing for the noise to ease, or even to go away. “Pursuit of Silence” will take viewers on a journey to different corners of the planet, to quiet places, to people, to animals who find their quiet bubble sometimes even in the middle of a busy street. Click here for tickets.

23rd February, Tuesday

3pm – New perspectives and community voices on British Chinese heritage: an afternoon in London’s Chinatown

With Cangbai Wang, Reader in Chinese Studies

Experience multiple layers of meaning of London’s Chinatown with an introduction to the heritage practice of diasporic Chinese in Europe and around the world, a primer on London’s two Chinese communities and how they developed into Soho’s Chinatown, and hear of heritage and community projects underway to support the area while it’s under significant pandemic pressure. Click here for tickets.

5pm – Past, Present and Future of the University of Westminster impact in the Southern Caucasus

With Nina Porakishvili and Professor Peter Lydyard

In 2003 the University of Westminster and leading universities in Georgia set up strong mutually beneficial collaborations, winning six consecutive EU Tempus grants. With multiple keynote speakers, this session aims to outline the University of Westminster’s role as a multicultural global unifying university meeting the challenges of the modern era. Click here for tickets.

7pm – From ‘Me’ to ‘We’: Change the Pronoun, Change the World

Led by Kathryn Waddington, Reader in Social Sciences, and others

What is taught at university, how it is taught and how students are prepared to survive in the current hostile environment are key to creating compassionate leaders and a world that values collaboration and service over neoliberal values of self-interest. This entails a shift in thinking from ‘me’ to ‘we’, and the event will include tools and a typology of compassion that individuals and institutions can use to begin, or to continue, this shift in thinking in order to become compassionate universities with global impact.   Click here for tickets.

This event is based on Chapter 2 of ‘Towards the Compassionate University: From Golden Thread to Global Impact’ and is dedicated to the memory of the late Maurice Irfan Coles who wrote the chapter shortly before he died of Covid-19 in April 2020

Routledge Publishers have agreed to offer a 20% discount code for attendees who wish to pre-order a copy, and all royalties from the book will go to the charity Student Minds.

24th February, Wednesday

3pm – Stop Superbugs!

With Manal Mohammed, Lecturer in Life Sciences

Despite frequent warnings, Western society have long ignored the resurging risk of infectious diseases from bacteria and viruses, so called ‘Superbugs’. This interactive session will outline the threat of the global emergence of superbugs, reminding us about the rise of antibiotics resistance and the role that all of us can play in preventing this. Click here for tickets.

5pm – Sinophone creative responses to Covid-19 racisms and Xenophobia

With Séagh Kehoe, Postdoctoral Teaching & Research Fellow

For Chinese-speaking communities in the UK and elsewhere, Covid-19 has witnessed a steep rise in racism and xenophobia. This event will explore Sinophone creative responses to Covid-19 racisms and xenophobia through a combination of short talks and a guided tour of a new digital zine that we have produced on these issues. Click here for tickets.

7pm – Queering Public Spaces

With Pippa Catterall, Professor of History & Policy

There is growing interest in creating inclusive public spaces. Almost none, however, has so far been done on how LGBTQ+ people can feel more safe and included beyond these enclaves in urban public spaces more generally.  Click here for tickets.

25th February, Thursday

5pm – Mental Imagery and Prejudice

With Orkun Yetkili, Lecturer in Social Sciences

In our daily lives we experience a range of diverse images from the external world while our mental life is constituted by internal images. This seminar will be delivered online and will include a discussion of empirical findings from a unique strategy which uses mental imagery to reduce prejudice between conflicting group members. Click here for tickets.

7pm – MARKS: Forensic Photography and the Removal of the Trauma of Migration

With Federica Mazzara, Senior Lecturer in Intercultural Communication, as well as photo journalist Max Hirzel and Drs  Antonietta Lanzarone and Silvia Torresin.

This event will revolve around the latest photographic project by Italian photojournalist Max Hirzel, called MARKS, which documents the medical-legal certification work on the marks of violence and torture suffered by the asylum seekers, carried out by Forensic doctor Antonietta Lanzarone. The project aims to address the concealed pain and trauma experienced by people on the move. Click here for tickets.

26th February, Friday

3pm – Gary Younge in Conversation

With Simon Flacks, Senior Lecturer in Law, and others

We are delighted to welcome award-winning author, broadcaster and academic Gary Younge to the Uni of Westminster’s Difference Festival.

Gary Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster and academic based in London. Formerly a columnist at The Guardian he has been appointed Professor of sociology at Manchester University. He is also the Alfred Knobler Fellow for Type Media in America. He has written five books: Another Day in the Death of America, A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives; The Speech, The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream; Who Are We?, And Should it Matter in the 21st century; Stranger in a Strange Land, Travels in the Disunited States and No Place Like Home, A Black Briton’s Journey Through the Deep South. He has made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from gay marriage to Brexit.

5pm – Police use of stop and search: An example of cognitive bias in action?

With Coral Dando, Professor of Psychology

Without doubt, stop and search is a controversial power. One persistent controversy concerns the disproportionate number of young men from black and minority ethnic groups who are stopped and searched and the impact this has on public trust, police legitimacy, and how this impacts individuals themselves and those who share the group identity. This session will introduce cognitive bias, why it occurs, and how and why this particular type of thinking affects the decisions and judgments that we all make. Click here for tickets.

7pm – SUS: An online reading

With Matthew Morrison, Senior Lecturer in Humanities, Guy Osborn, Professor of Law in conjunction with Unfinished Histories

In June 1979 Barrie Keeffe’s play SUS premiered at the Soho Poly theatre, a month after Margaret Thatcher’s victory at that year’s General Election. The play concerned the so called ‘sus laws’, the stop and search powers that allowed the police to arrest people deemed to be ‘acting suspiciously’ or intending to commit an arrestable offence. Join the Soho Poly Online for a live reading of this modern classic, performed by a new professional cast in partnership with Unfinished Histories. Click here for tickets.

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