Update for Monday 20th March 2017

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LJMU recently signed up to the ECU Race Charter and is forming a University-wide Race Charter working group to progress activities around Race Equality.

The ECU Race Charter Award recognises, promotes and rewards good practice in the recruitment, retention and progression of staff and students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities.

The Race Charter activities will be launched with a symposium entitled Keeping Race Equality on the Agenda.

The Race Charter Working Group will be chaired by Professor Robin Leatherbarrow, Pro-Vice Chancellor Research and Knowledge Transfer who is also the chair of the University Athena Swan working group. There will be opportunities for interactive question and answer with the speakers.

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In this year’s annual Collinson Lecture with Professor Patrick Stevenson migrants reflect on how their experience with language has shaped their transnational lifeworlds in Berlin; the multicultural and multilingual city in the heart of Europe.

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A discussion about the heritage of anti-slavery campaigning.

Campaigns to abolish slavery throughout the British Empire were fought and won in the early decades of the nineteenth century. After 1833, campaigners turned to the wider world and the goal of universal emancipation.

This event brings together the authors of two important books about British anti-slavery efforts to discuss what happened next and how anti-slavery campaigns existed within, interacted with, and often reinforced the cause of Empire.

Where does the post-emancipation period fit into our broader historical understanding of anti-slavery campaigning? How can we understand contemporary efforts to end the global trade in human lives in the context of this rich and complicated history?

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In this public lecture and debate, we will consider the challenges posed by the Trump presidency. Does the Trump administration differ from previous administrations? How? How novel are this administration’s immigration policies compared to those of the Obama and Bush administrations? Is the new ‘Muslim Ban’ legal? How does Trump intend to ‘counter’ terrorism? What do his views on torture, on Guantanamo and on secret detention tell us about his attitude to enemies, to power, to constitutional and international law?

Besides providing analysis of the legality and implications of Trump’s more controversial policies, we want to pose to you some questions: Is Trump the post-truth President? Can the Constitution constrain Trump? Is Trump a threat to hard won liberties?

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History is still being made at our worlds first passenger railway station.

We will discuss; our transport connections past present and future and the highs and lows of our Merseyside transport system, from walkability to high-speed rail and airports.

At the end of the day we will have decided on actions to take forward within our own communities and organisations and noted organisations wishing to update our website with their activities based on the days activities.

At State of the City 2016 there was a major request that Merseyside Civic Society arrange a discussion and public meeting with Merseytravel to develop a campaign on a range of transport related issues including the better integration of trains buses and ferries and the integration of transport planning with urban design and future development include active support of existing campaigns on cycling and pedestrian movement and safety

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Journalist, author and TV presenter Jeremy Paxman will deliver a lecture entitled Great Britain's Great War: How the First World War changed everything

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In this year’s Annual Charles Bonnier Lecture, Professor Nick Harrison will draw on Feraoun's Journal (1962) and on L’Ami fidèle (1960-3), a forgotten but intriguing series of textbooks Feraoun wrote for Algerian schools, to try to understand the choices he made, as writer and teacher, and the lessons we can learn from them today.

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A discussion and pre-book launch event featuring the Dole Animators, Cllr Jane Corbett, Phil McDuff, Ros Wynne-Jones & Ruth Patrick

Does the popular narrative on ‘welfare dependency’ fit with individual experiences? How is ongoing welfare reform impacting on those directly affected? And what are the consequences of the endless growth in Poverty Porn for those living in poverty?

As further welfare reforms are rolled out, this timely event provides an opportunity to discuss these questions and consider the implications of ongoing benefit changes for the future of our welfare state. Speakers include representatives from the Dole Animators [ www.doleanimators.org ] (a group of individuals directly affected by welfare reform), Councillor Jane Corbett (Liverpool City Council) [ http://www.blueprintforbusiness.org/jane-corbett/ ] and Phil McDuff (social policy commentator) [https://www.theguardian.com/profile/phil-mcduff ]. The panel also includes Ruth Patrick (University of Liverpool) [https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/law/staff/ruth-patrick/ ]who will shortly publish a book discussing five years spent following a small group of individuals affected by benefit changes.

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Liverpool Young Greens host German Green MEP Terry Reinke, part of the European Parliament's Brexit neogitating committees, to talk about what you want from Brexit, and to hear what the European Green vision is for negotiations.

Terry serves on committees examining Youth issues, employment, LGBTIQA+ and Women's rights, and wants to hear from you whatever your background or political beliefs are about what Brexit means to you.

Also come and learn about the Brexit process form the European perspective, what the parlimaent will do and how they expect to conduct talks.

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Guest lecture given by Garrath Williams, Lancaster University

His paper summarises a longer piece of research that he has recently undertaken as part of the EU-funded I.Family Study http://www.ifamilystudy.eu .

He will present and defend the following claims:
(1) corporations are not free market actors, but arise thanks to a specific form of state intervention;
(2) contemporary food markets are structured by corporate activity (e.g. the well-known ‘hour-glass’ between producers and consumers);
(3) the resulting markets are bound to promote processed foods, which are invariably less healthy than whole foods;
(4) though very powerful in some regards, corporations are powerless to resist this logic; hence
(5) the only tenable way to uphold public health is greater statutory regulation of corporate activity;
(6) such regulation should not be understood as restrictive, but rather as enabling corporate actors to respect important public goods.

At a more philosophical level, he also wants to make this overarching argument: we should resist the careless (or disingenuous) assumption that government interventions (e.g. to create or modify corporate markets) are opposed to freedom; any sensible ‘restriction’ will uphold some sort of freedom; the crucial question is always what sorts of freedom we should value.

He is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Lancaster University. His research interests fall across ethics, political theory and applied ethics. One of his main interests, in all three of these areas, is responsibility – both conceptually and in terms of its practical aspects. For the past ten years, he has been involved in collaborative research on children, health and public policy, including the EU-funded I.Family study, which investigates diet and health-related behaviours in a large cohort of families across Europe.

His recent interest in corporations touches on all of these areas: corporate responsibilities and accountability, their relation to political authority, and their impact on public health.

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Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor - Economy Hustings

Tony Caldeira, Conservative
Carl Cashman, Liberal Democrat
Steve Rotheram MP, Labour
Tom Crone, Green

More candidates to be confirmed.

As the campaign for the election gains momentum, Centre for Cities and the Liverpool and Sefton Chamber of Commerce are organising a hustings for candidates to set out their plans to drive growth in the city.

From May, Liverpool City Region will have a new mayor with powers over transport, planning and skills. The new mayor will be given the opportunity to set out and implement a strategic vision for the economy of the metro area, supporting people, firms and institutions to build a more prosperous Merseyside in the decades to come.

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Law and the Political Economy of Animals
by Dr Yoriko Otomo
Lecturer in Law, SOAS, University of London

'Why look at animals?' asked the late John Berger. For us legal scholars, it is important to look at animals because they tell us a great deal about how the law constructs our human selves (and our political community). In this talk I look at the symbolic, narrative and ideological power of animals by examining legal discourse and the operation of international law agreements. In thinking about how we regulate our relationships with animals (and animal parts), we can trace another story about the development of today's globalised and urbanised law.

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The next Professorial Lecture will be delivered by Dr Graeme Close, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

About Graeme Close:

Being an academic is certainly not something that came naturally to me. My days at school were somewhat testing and I could not wait to leave to embark upon a professional rugby career. With thanks to some very special teachers, plus my parents, I somehow survived. Due to many twists and turns in my rugby career, I did return to university and start what I could only describe as the most amazing adventure - an adventure that becomes more exciting every day.

There are two consistent themes throughout my life, these being 'muscle' and 'rugby' and I am very fortunate that I get the opportunity to research these areas daily. My early research investigated the role of free radicals and antioxidants in exercise-induced muscle damage. This PhD, under the guidance of Professor MacLaren at LJMU, sparked my interest in free radicals and I was very fortunate to then move to the world-renowned laboratories at The University of Liverpool to work with Professors McArdle and Jackson. Using mouse models, I was extremely fortunate to learn novel techniques in the assessment of free radicals in skeletal muscle where we investigated the basic mechanisms as to why we lose muscle mass with ageing.

In 2009 I returned to LJMU to translate some of this research into human ageing muscle where we performed muscle biopsies on elderly highly trained athletes. The research has demonstrated that exercise training does prevent some of the deleterious effects of ageing on muscle. I also developed a new area of interest, this being the role of vitamin D deficiencies on muscle function and repair following damaging exercise. We have provided mechanistic insights as to how vitamin D may influence muscle recovery. Being in a world class sport science department has allowed me to combine my childhood hobby (rugby) and career (science) and we have performed the first ever muscle biopsy studies on elite rugby players. These studies are now changing the nutritional guidelines in elite rugby. Finally, I am very fortunate that as well as being a research scientist, LJMU also allows me to deliver nutrition support to elite athletes. I currently work with England Rugby and Everton FC which allows me to take real world questions back to the laboratory to find novel solutions.

My inaugural professorial lecture will show my transition from rugby player to academic, outline some of my key research findings and give insights as to how I use this research to influence practice in professional sport, especially rugby giving thanks to some very influential people in my journey. The focus will be on muscles, mice and very big men.

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