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My Home is Not My Home

November 5 - November 12
Norman Rea Gallery, Dept of History of Art, University of York, Heslington
York, YO10 5DD
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INSPIRING HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISM – Art Exhibition

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - November 9 @ 10:00 pm
J M Morrell Library, University of York, Heslington
York, YO10 5DD
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Every day, around the world, inspiring individuals risk their lives to fight for and defend the human rights that many of us take for granted. Their commitment to the causes they defend, despite the risks they face, is deeply inspiring. The purpose of this art competition is to celebrate inspirational human rights activism by inviting you to think about what or who inspires you to value and support human rights activism. What does human rights activism mean to you and why should we celebrate it? Has a particular human rights defender inspired you? What about a moment you witnessed, experienced or read about that made you value human rights and those who defend them? Which human rights causes are particularly close to your heart that you want to inspire others to think about? This competition is open to everybody; you don't need to be an activist or artist to take part. Vouchers for artist materials will be awarded to first and second place winners in adults and under-16s categories. All entries will be exhibited at JB Morrell Library from Monday 4th November to Saturday 9th November. There will be a special launch event on the 4th November, time to be confirmed. Please contact Tallulah Lines with any questions or queries: tallulah.lines@york.ac.uk

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9:30 am

York Citizen Food Assembly

November 8 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Main Hall, Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street
York, YO1 6ET United Kingdom
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Free

The IKnowFood programme (funded by the Global Food Security programme) working with YESI (York Environmental Sustainability Institute) is holding the ‘York Citizen Food Assembly’ to raise awareness and to get your views on the future of the UK food system. We will submit our findings to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to help inform food policy. On Friday pop in to the main event for a series of presentations from University of York academics, policymakers, local industry and charities about their work in this area. Whilst you are there browse the exhibition showcasing projects at York and chat to the experts themselves. Have your say during our series of interactive sessions and speak to fellow attendees over a sustainable lunch. This is a great opportunity for the general public, businesses, and the public sector to explore food systems research at York and to have a real impact on future policy. NOTE: We would like to have a variety of audience members. As a result you will see that we have set up a range of ticket types.  

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3:00 pm

Human rights in Russia today

November 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room ARC/014, Alcuin Research Resource Centre, Alcuin College, University of York
Free

Learning from Human Rights Defenders Human rights is often referred to by the Russian media and authorities as ‘so-called human rights’, a Western invention rather than the ‘traditional values’ of Russia. The universality of human rights is often denied. In this talk, Sergei Nikitin will describe the difficulties experienced by human rights defenders in Russia including police harassment and the attempted closure of the Amnesty office. In 2008 Amnesty’s changed its rules of engagement in Russia to permit taking up human rights abuses in Russia itself. Nikitin then was able to lobby, facilitate peaceful demonstrations, and promote human rights education amongst law enforcement officers and in schools. He was also able to monitor the human situation in the North Caucasus, Georgia and the Crimea. He remains in touch with human rights defenders in Russia and will describe some of their achievements and their current predicament. He will refer to the unprecedented corruption, the huge gap between the rich and the poor, and the stagnation of the economy despite huge profits from the export of raw materials. Sergei Nikitin Sergei Nikitin served as the Director of the Amnesty Office in Moscow from 2003 to 2017. At first he could only refer to the abuse of human rights outside Russia but from 2008 he was encouraged to address human rights abuses within Russia through diplomatic contacts with the authorities and discreet ones with human rights defenders. He previously worked for Quakers at Friends House, Moscow, and has published articles on the service of Quakers in Russia during and after WW1 especially in the famine and conflict regions in and around Samara in the Volga region. He has also worked in scientific institutions in Saint Petersburg and Gatchina, and has helped to restore Russian museums and country estates. He learnt English from listening to records of the Beatles and now has fluent English. He has retired and lives with his wife and son in Derbyshire.

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My Home is Not My Home – Panel Discussion

November 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Norman Rea Gallery, Dept of History of Art, University of York, Heslington
York, YO10 5DD
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Exhibition talk: Art, domestic workers and activism

November 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Norman Rea Gallery, Dept of History of Art, University of York, Heslington
York, YO10 5DD
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Join us for a panel discussion on art, domestic workers and activism. Dr Joyce Jiang from University of York, Tassia Kobylinska from Goldsmiths, Marissa Begonia from The Voice of Domestic Workers and migrant domestic workers will talk about their participatory film project - 'our journey'. Organised by Joyce Jiang.

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6:30 pm

Pastoralists under Pressure: Political, socioeconomic, and climate challenges in East Africa

November 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Stephen Town Meeting Room, JB Morrell Library, University of York
York, YO10 5DD United Kingdom
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Population growth, climate change and environmental degradation are just some of the challenges facing communities around the world over the coming decades. One group of people that are particularly under pressure due to their traditional free-ranging livelihoods are pastoral populations in Africa – such as the Fulani, the Maasai and the Samburu. To address these challenges, interdisciplinary research at the University of York has been investigating human-environment interactions in East Africa, to assess the sustainable use of the local environment and resources. Some of this ongoing research is currently highlighted as part of an exhibition in the JB Morrell Library which presents the complex concept of climate change in a way that makes it accessible for a non-specialist audience. Exhibition viewers experience different ways of investigating socio-environmental transformations and different voices from Kenya and Tanzania, taking them closer to stories on the environmental changes and its social, political and historical contexts. To further explore the variety of research being undertaken, a talk and panel debate will be taking place on 8 November from 6.30pm. This will explore some of these challenges facing pastoralists, and discuss the value, and future development, of research from the project. York researchers will be joined by project partners from King’s College London, Plymouth and Cambridge. The talk will be followed by a wine reception and an opportunity to view the exhibition. The exhibition is based on the insights produced by Resilience in East African Landscapes (REAL), a Marie Curie Actions Innovative Research and Training Network (ITN funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme), and the Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) project supported by SIDA-VR. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * If you require more than 5 tickets, please contact the Events Team who will be happy to help. Please ensure you use the correct email address as this is where your ticket will be sent. If you do not provide the correct address, you will not receive the acknowledgement email or ticket.

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