Update for Monday 9th October 2017

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What is this all about then?

Gender equity means "fairness of treatment for women and men, according to their respective needs. This may include equal treatment or treatment that is different but which is considered equivalent in terms of rights, benefits, obligations and opportunities."

From "masculinity's pitfalls" recently voiced by Robert Webb to the #GiveUpYourSeat statement from Liverpool's Women’s Leadership Group - there is much to talk about.

The evening will start with short talks from a panel of speakers before being opened up to a chaired debate involving the audience. Think Question Time, except we'll all have a drink in our hands and no one is allowed to talk about Brexit!

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The University of Liverpool, John Moores University & The International Council for Archaeozoology presents:
Pets, Pests & People - an evening of science and wine, discovering what animals did for us.

Come enjoy an evening of science and wine as a panel of leading international archaeologists discuss the history of our unique relationships with animals from past to present. The event will be hosted at the iconic Victoria Gallery and Museum on Friday, 13 October 2017 and will be followed by a wine reception.

Registration required.

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As part of the responsibilities and commitment to challenging and responding to hate crime as effectively as possible Cobalt Housing, LHT, Steve Biko Housing Association and the Anthony Walker Foundation (AWF), and other partners have been working to update the Joint Agency Hate Crime Minimum Service Standards providing details of how housing providers can ensure service users are provided with a response and the support they would expect.

Additionally AWF has been working in partnership with the University of Liverpool and Interchange to have ‘Eradicating Hate Crime: Merseyside’s Partnership Strategy’ launched in 2014 independently reviewed by a research student study sociology, criminology and social policy. This research has now been completed and key findings and recommendations will be presented the same morning.

Speakers will include the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Emily Spurrell and Thomas Hilbig (research student responsible for review of Partnership Strategy).

The re-launch and the strategy review will assist in re-energising the efforts to effectively tackle hate crime and ensuring anyone experiencing it would be able to access the services and responses they would expect. Organisations already involved and signed up to the Minimum Service Standards and Partnership Strategy will be encouraged to reflect on their practises and how they are maintaining pace with the ever changing needs and concerns that can arise from events locally, nationally and globally.

Hate crime is of serious concern for all, for those experiencing and affected by it, for those who have responsibility to respond and support, and for those with a role to help stop it from happening. The event is open to all and will provide an opportunity for fresh impetus, smarter and improved partnerships and identify key priorities in the years ahead.

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Since Dolly first made headlines in 1996, what have the last two decades taught us about genetic cloning?

Following in her footsteps, there now stands a unique flock of cloned sheep, all derived from the same cell line as Dolly. The affectionately named 'Nottingham Dollies' are currently under the care of Professor Kevin Sinclair, an expert in developmental biology at The University of Nottingham.

On Tuesday 17 October, Professor Sinclair brings his expert knowledge to The University of Liverpool to deliver the next Science & Society lecture 'What have we learnt from Dolly the Sheep (and Debbie, Denise & Diane)?'

Kevin Sinclair, PhD, DSc is Professor of Developmental Biology at the University of Nottingham. His lab investigates metabolic programming during early mammalian development, where epigenetic outcomes are determined in embryonic cells and tissues, and long-term developmental consequences assessed in offspring. Studies include work with rodents, farm animals and humans.

After the lecture there will be a Q&A Session, followed by an informal drinks and networking session.

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Part of Engage Liverpool Seminar Series 2017

Speaker: Michael Turner UNESCO Chair in Urban Design and Conservation Studies at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem

Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City has been declared by UNESCO to have features of outstanding universal value, which puts Liverpool in the Premier League of world cities. With the status under threat, our 2017 seminar series asks if we have sufficiently valued what being a UNESCO World Heritage Site confers.

Entitled “Liverpool UNESCO World Heritage Site – A Status worth fighting for?” this free seminar series will bring UNESCO heritage officials to venues within Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City – currently inscribed on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger.

Registration required.

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The Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory (LCEI) team will be hosting a unique evening reception at The British Music Experience, located in the iconic Cunard Building on Liverpool's waterfront.

A year on from the launch last October, LCEI has successfully worked with over 70 Liverpool City Region SMEs to create or improve their products, processes or services in order to reduce the negative environmental impacts, resulting in both economic and environmental benefits to their business and the city region. The range of businesses they have supported is so vast; from biotechnology manufacturing and community interest companies to businesses developing new 'to market' eco-friendly products and breweries!

Registration required.

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WoW’s latest book, Great War to Race Riots is about to be launched. It is about the story of a unique archive of letters and documents from 1919-1920 which highlight the plight of black seafarers, soldiers and workers who supported the ‘mother country’ during the WW1. The archive contains the words of the men themselves in letters to Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, which were written against the back-drop of institutionalised racism, competition for jobs, and racial tensions which exploded into rioting on the streets of Liverpool in 1919. Great War to Race Riots, written by WoW’s Co-Director, Madeline Heneghan and local author, Emy Onuora (Pitch Black), is the culmination of in-depth research conducted by the Heritage Lottery funded Great War to Race Riots Archive Group. This dedicated team devoted their time and energies to uncovering the lost voices of these men who helped to shape Liverpool’s black community and contributed to Britain’s development.

This event also marks the launch of WoW’s first ever Black History Month Festival.

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AHRC ‘Translating Cultures’ theme, Centre for the Study of International Slavery and UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts are delighted to present a workshop on coming to terms with our common histories.

The transatlantic slave trade, colonialism and the impacts of the British Empire -- are all shared by different people and locations. There are difficulties surrounding modern discourses on these shared histories where in many cases, places and people who continue to be enriched by the wealth created and maintained through slavery and its legacies find it uncomfortable to engage in accepting and addressing implications today of these shared histories.

The workshop explores the ways that the Arts can be deployed as a way of creating new spaces and opportunities to remove the discomfort of historical and modern injustice and inequalities that are a result of slavery, colonialism – and the reluctance to discuss these.

It is important to stress that there continues to be a pressing need to create new opportunities that allow young people especially, to explore possibilities of shaping their shared futures in a manner that draws on our shared histories into a positive direction. How do we facilitate these opportunities through international artistic collaboration?

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As part of WoW’s Black History Month celebrations, there will be a historical walking tour of the L1 area, exploring a forgotten yet integral part of Liverpool’s cultural and racial history. Inspired by the hugely successful Great War to Race Riots Archive project and our on-going ‘Black Lives and Legacies 1919’ project, in association with Liverpool University, our volunteers have researched and mapped a history yet to be recognised in mainstream accounts of our city’s well documented past.

The racial riots of 1919 were a watershed moment for Liverpool’s longstanding black community. On the night of 6th June 1919 unprecedented racial violence erupted in the modern day Chinatown area that would continue for for days as gangs of people, reportedly in the hundreds or thousands, hunted out “any black man they could find … severely beating and stabbing” them. Black homes and businesses were looted and wrecked as over 700 members of the black community were removed from their homes into the main Bridewell, for their own protection.

As these people were, despite of the colour of their skin, citizens of the British Empire they could not be forcibly removed from the UK, much to the chagrin of Liverpool Council and Central Governemnt. The post WW1 economic and social slump encouraged xenophobic feeling amongst the local population, perpetuated by the media. During 1919 there was an increase in racial violence in other port towns across mainland Britain including Glasgow,Cardiff and others that signified a global antipathy towards ethnic minorities: this was the height of the Klu Klux Klan across the Atlantic and a period in Chicago’s history known as ‘The Red Summer’.

Using official reports from the time, WoW and guests will trace the night of the 6th June 1919 visiting the residences of those involved as well as trailing the tragic last movements of Charles Wootton, a 24 year old Bermudan sailor and victim of the 1919 riots, who was chased by a mob and drowned in Queens Dock. He was either swept, thrown or jumped in but once the dock was pelted with rocks. Not a single person was charged in connection with his death and the coroner’s ruling at the time supported this injustice. On the tour we will visit the memorial plaque laid for Charles Wootton by historian David Olusoga just last year.

Then continuing on to trace the events of the week following Wootton’s death when large scale racial violence continued and spread into L8. The walking tour is just under 3 miles and accessible to all. The tour will finish at Toxteth Library just in time for a talk with David Olusoga about his award winning book Black and British.

The tour will begin at the Chinese Arch on Nelson Street at 1.30pm sharp.

Ticket required.

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Writing on the Wall and Waterstones present David Olusoga's Black and British: A Forgotten History as part of WoW's Black History Month mini Festival.

David Olusoga will explore and discuss the rich and revealing story of the long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa and the Caribbean. Unflinching, confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals, David Olusoga describes how the lives of black and white Britons have been entwined for centuries. The book is an accompaniment to the highly acclaimed BBC2 series for which David Olusoga organised the commemorative plaque in memory of seafarer Charles Wootton who was murdered in Liverpool during the 1919 race riots.

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