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Dyslexia superpower: Moving from disability through learning difference to advantage

May 6 - May 31
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Another chance to see... Professor Nigel Lockett is The Dyslexic Professor - not a professor of dyslexia or an expert on dyslexia. He will share his personal insights from being a dyslexia survivor; how his experiences at school shaped his career and how his decision to disclose his disability has reshaped his understanding of dyslexia as a superpower. Nigel will discuss how his 52 weekly blogs enabled this journey of self-discovery … A Year in the Life of a Dyslexic Professor. Nigel states, “this journey continues in my work as an academic – including my research, teaching and engagement activities. I do think my dyslexic thinking helps me in all aspects of my work and disclosing I have dyslexia enables me and others to acknowledge the challenges and promote the advantages. In my experience, successful modern academics increasingly work in teams and disclosure provides the opportunity to build neurodiversity into any team from the outset.” A selection of University of York Open Lectures is now available online - to watch, please click on the website link below.

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Exposing the hidden consequences of food insecurity

May 6 - May 31
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Another chance to see... Dr Maddy Power, Department of Health Sciences delivers the YorkTalk ‘Food for thought: exposing the hidden consequences of food insecurity in Britain and the poverty of government thinking on work and welfare’ at the University of York, January 2020. A tide of hunger is sweeping across the UK, says independent MP Frank Field, describing the findings of a recent report by the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN). Research Fellow Dr Maddy Power argues that rather than eliminating food poverty, policy makers and their reliance on food banks, increasingly backed by supermarket chains, are in danger of 'normalising' the problem. Drawing on research in Bradford and York, Dr Power reports from the frontline where women struggling to feed their families are battling against a welfare system that plunges them deeper into debt, increases their sense of isolation and forces them to rely on - often church-based - food banks as the UK drifts towards US-style corporate food banking. Find out more about the IKnowFood project: https://iknowfood.org/ A selection on University of York Open Lectures is available to view online. To watch, please click on the website link below.

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9:00 pm

Dying of Whiteness: The Politics of Racial Resentment

May 26 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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In his bestselling book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland, Dr. Jonathan Metzl set out to explore and answer the question: why do working class and struggling white Americans often vote against their own interests? His interviews to understand the health implications of “backlash governance” led him to examine how racial resentment fueled pro-gun laws in Missouri, resistance to the Affordable Care Act in Tennessee, and cuts to schools and social services in Kansas. Now, in the midst of a national health and economic crisis, we’re seeing white resentment play out with the protests against the quarantine. And based on conversations with Trump supporters for his book, Dr. Metzl also has a dire warning in this election year: Trump’s followers will not turn on him, even as they are sickened or killed by the pandemic that he made dramatically worse. How can we build a movement for justice in a nation where whites are so blinded by racial resentments and anxieties as to not even care for their own well-being, to say nothing of the well being of others? Join us as we look at what it will take to overcome the politics of white resentment and steer the nation toward cooperation, compassion, and unity. Jonathan Metzl MD, PhD, is an acclaimed physician, psychiatrist, sociologist, and author who speaks and writes on a range of topics including race, gender, and social justice in healthcare as well as guns, gun violence, and race. He is the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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