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Dyslexia superpower: Moving from disability through learning difference to advantage

May 6 - May 31
Online

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
Online

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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10:00 am

50 years is long enough: gender inequality and the fight for equal pay

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Online

Description Join The Equality Trust for this interactive conference, bringing together a range of speakers to share their insights and explore how we can get organised to finally win equal pay during this challenging period. About this event Women, particularly those in low-paid work and the gig economy, are already some of the hardest hit economically by the COVID-19 crisis. Winning equal pay is more important now than ever before. Join us on Friday 29th May to mark the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act 1970, the landmark legislation which made equal pay for equal work a legal right for all. This conference will give participants the opportunity to explore the challenges of winning equal pay from a range of perspectives and begin taking action wherever they are. Guest speakers Diana Holland - Assistant General Secretary, Unite the Union Hilary Wainwright - Editor, Red Pepper Dr Jo Grady - General Secretary, University and College Union (UCU) Sam Smethers - Chief Executive, Fawcett Society Alexia Hendrickson - Senior Campaign Manager, Pay Justice Dame Moya Greene - Founder, #MeTooPay Rachael McIlroy - Senior Research Lead, Royal College of Nursing Professor Geraldine Healy - Queen Mary University Dr Anne Laure Humbert - Director, Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University Dr Wanda Wyporska - Executive Director, The Equality Trust More speakers to be announced shortly Guest facilitators Sian Elliott - Women’s Equality Policy Officer, Trades Union Congress (TUC) Kym Oliver & Jumoke Abdullahi - Co-Founders, The Triple Cripples Tom Schuller - Author, The Paula Principle: Why Women Lose Out at Work Imogen Richmond-Bishop - Research, Advocacy, and Communications Manager, Just Fair Professor Jane Holgate - University of Leeds Victoria Jones - National Officer, FDA Paul Day - Director, Pharmacists' Defence Association (PDA) Rachel Hargreaves - Research and Campaigns Officer, ShareAction Dr Fenella Porter - Co-Director of Women's Rights and Gender Justice, Oxfam GB; Co-Founder, RED Learning Cooperative Ian Manborde - Equality and Diversity Organiser, Equity Event details This online conference will take place on Friday 29th May from 10:00 to 13:00, and will feature a mix of plenary speakers and small group breakout discussions. Once you have completed the sign-up form, you will receive an email confirmation. The day before the event you will receive an email with sign-in details. This is a free, open event and we encourage people from different communities, political backgrounds, and walks of life to attend. Accessibility This event will be British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted. Please contact Rianna, rianna.gargiulo@equalitytrust.org.uk, if you require an interpreter in your breakout group and to receive additional joining instructions for the event. Please let us know if you have any other accessibility needs (e.g. for an enlarged PDF agenda/joining instructions). If you have any questions, please contact Rianna at rianna.gargiulo@equalitytrust.org.uk. Share with friends Facebook Facebook Messenger LinkedIn Twitter email

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6:00 pm

The New Authoritarians and COVID-19

May 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online

The years since the 2008 crash have seen a rise of authoritarian, right-wing politics across the globe. The many representatives of this ascendant current include Trump in the US, the UK’s radicalized Conservative Party, Modi in India, Bolsonaro in Brazil, and Orban in Hungary. Drawing on strands of multiple traditions, from traditional conservatism to fascism, this remains a novel and still-evolving formation, differing across national and regional contexts. Now, its representatives are faced with a pandemic, the impacts of which on our social, economic, and political systems – as well as on human life itself – are already vast. Drawing on David Renton’s The New Authoritarians: Convergence on the Right (Haymarket Books and Pluto, 2019), this discussion will interrogate the responses and prospects of the global right in the era of COVID-19. David Renton is a barrister, writer, and political activist. From 2003 to 2006, he was a member of the national steering committee of Unite Against Fascism. His many books include Fascism: Theory and Practice (1999), Fascism, Anti-Fascism, and Britain in the 1940s (2000), British Fascism, the Labour Movement, and the State (2004), and When We Touched the Sky: the ANL, 1977-1981 (2006). Sita Balani is a lecturer in contemporary literature and culture at King’s College London. In her research and teaching, she explores the relationship between imperialism and identity in contemporary Britain. Her work has appeared in Feminist Review, Identity Theory, Open Democracy, Photoworks and the Verso blog. For further reading on the struggle against the far right check out Haymarket's Books for Fighting Fascism.

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