Update for Monday 6th February 2017

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This seminar features three papers from the ‘Antislavery Usable Past’ project’:
Mary Wills (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), University of Hull)
Rebecca Nelson (PhD candidate, Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), University of Hull)
Katie Donington (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Race and Rights, University of Nottingham)

These papers draw on new research undertaken as part of the AHRC-funded Antislavery Usable Past project. The project is researching the successes and failures of past antislavery movements in order to create a usable past that will inform and challenge current campaigning on unfree labour. More broadly we have been engaged in critical discussions about the relationship between past and present, and scholarship and activism.

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Rheology is the science of complex liquids. Some researchers study the science using complex mathematics, whilst others use it to study everyday situations. In this presentation, the important principles of rheology will be revealed through a typical day in our lives.

Professor Howard Barnes, now an honorary professor at Chester University, spent 33 years at Unilever Research in Port Sunlight studying the flow properties of products such as Comfort, Cif, and Dove. He ended his working life as a research professor at Aberystwyth University. His passion is explaining complex ideas simply.

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Ignite showcases Liverpool's movers and shakers, creators, thinkers, tinkers, innovators and doers, makers and dreamers in a fast paced format designed to inspire.

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“I wanted to tell this story as a poem”

A daring proclamation for any filmmaker but the poetic nature of Margot Benacerraf’s film is undeniable. Using stunning imagery and clever camerawork Benacerraf conveys the hardship of life in the Venezuelan salt mines of Araya. This unconventional documentary shows a way of life, shaped by history and geography, under threat from an encroaching industrial future.

Don’t miss a chance to see this newly restored classic piece of Latin American cinema.

The film will have a short introduction from a University of Liverpool PhD student, explaining the significance of the date of the screening, 12th February, in Venezuela and the subsequent political crisis.

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The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable former Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade (2010-2015) will deliver a lecture entitled Brexit and the North-South Divide.

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15 April 1989: an inescapable crush on the terraces at Hillsborough Stadium at an FA Cup Semi-Final led to the deaths of 96 men, women and children. Throughout the subsequent investigations and inquiries, those who died and survived were vilified publicly amid police allegations of drunkenness, violence, criminal and abusive behaviour. The families’ unrelenting campaign for truth recovery, spanning two decades, led to disclosure of all existing documents to an Independent Panel. Its definitive 2012 report revealed institutional mendacity, corrupted evidence and partial investigation. This brought an unreserved Government apology, an ongoing criminal investigation into all agencies involved and an unprecedented IPCC investigation into the policing of Hillsborough. It also led to new inquests, commencing March 2014 through to April 2016 and the momentous verdict that the 96 had been killed unlawfully. The jury’s narrative verdict levelled 25 criticisms against the authorities and the club. It exonerated the fans.

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Currently touring across Europe and US, Influx is a highly acclaimed documentary that exposes the complexity of the new patterns of Italian immigration to London (UK). Through an approach that is both subtle and thought-provoking, the director Luca Vullo reveals ‘the pulse’ of Italy and Italians through the perspective of both well-established and newly arrived immigrants in London. In a period when European immigration is continuously debated in politics, and after the controversial outcome of the Brexit referendum, this documentary will provide much food for thought.

The screening will be introduced by Influx’s director and producer Luca Vullo. After the screening, he will be joined by Dr Marco Paoli (Head of Italian, Lecturer in Italian and Film Studies, University of Liverpool) who will chaired an exciting Q&A.

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The next generation of atomic clocks, based on forbidden optical transitions in laser-cooled atoms and ions, have reached such high accuracies that a future redefinition of the second can be anticipated. However even before a redefinition, these clocks will enable unprecedented tests of fundamental physics to be performed.

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An archaeologist and comedian (same person, Paul Duncan McGarrity) sits in a room and answers your questions on any subject as honestly as possible. Could be rude, probably crude. Be prepared to talk candidly with the protection of context.

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