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October 2017

Marting Luther King in Newcastle, 50th Anniversary: Freedom on the Tyne

29 October 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Freedom City 2017 is a city-wide programme across Newcastle marking the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University. As part of this there will be the Freedom On the Tyne event across Tyneside on Sunday 29 October. A great drama will engulf NewcastleGateshead, inspired by epic struggles from the past and present and far and wide. Alabama 1963, India 1919, South Africa 1961, Manchester 1819, and Tyneside 1936 will be woven together…

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November 2017

First Tuesday and an NELH Jubilee Event: Professor David Saunders will talk about Matvei Fisher, his son Rudolf Abel, Benwell, Cullercoats, and the Bridge of Spies

7 November 2017 @ 6:30 pm
The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE United Kingdom

Willie Fisher (Rudolf Abel) and his father Matvei Fisher David will be talking about the Geordie roots of Rudolf Abel, the key figure in the recent film "Bridge of Spies", on the actual 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. This is a joint event with the Newcastle Literary and Philosphical Society. If you wish to book a place, please call them on: 0191 232 0192. ‘Rudolf Abel’ (Willie Fisher), the Soviet spy exchanged for the American U2 pilot Gary Powers…

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Joe Wilson Night: Geordie songs, comedy and poetry

29 November 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Irish Centre, 43 Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG United Kingdom

Joe Wilson Night: Back By Popular Demand!

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December 2017

NELH Christmas Social featuring Kiddars Luck

5 December 2017 @ 7:00 pm
The Bridge Hotel, Castle Square
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear NE1 1RQ United Kingdom
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January 2018

Second Tuesday: Julie Scanlon will be talking about her research into the 1976 Women’s Liberation Conference held in Ponteland.

January 9 @ 7:00 pm
Old George Inn, Old George Yard
Newcastle, NE1 1EZ

In April, 1976, 1500 women from all around the country gathered in Ponteland for the 7th National Women’s Liberation Movement Conference. The conference was one of only 9 national WLM annual conferences. Little has been written about this conference, though it is felt by many to be where some of the splits in the WLM really started coming to the fore. This talk explores the story of the conference. How did it come to be in Ponteland? What happened at…

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Labour and Society Research Group Workshop: 1968: Resonances and Reverberations

January 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room 3.40 Armstrong Building, Newcastle University
Queen Victoria Road, NE1 7RU

In the new year, to mark start of the 50th anniversary of the various upheavals of 1968, we will be holding a one-day workshop which takes as its theme 'Resonances and Reverberations'. We are inviting speakers to talk about the "afterlives" of '68 in transnational contexts, and how collective memories of '68 have been shaped, transmuted, and invoked in subsequent political contexts. The keynote will be Andrew Thompkins, from the University of Sheffield. Booking details to follow. Programme: 10.00 –…

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WEA Day School: History, Heritage & the Environment

January 20 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

We have a brilliant day school and performance event to see in the new year, exploring how history shapes the environment and ecological change in turn molds history and heritage. It all feels very current as we see the impacts of environmental problems each day, Addams may even reflect some of your new year's resolutions to be kinder to the planet! Speakers are Leona Skelton, Mike Greatbach and we have a keynote from the WEA Green Branch's Ruth Hayward. And…

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Holocaust Memorial Day Event: Film – A People Uncounted, the Roma during the Holocaust

January 25 @ 7:30 pm
North Benwell Youth Project, 80 - 84 Ellesmere Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 8TS

Showing of the film A People Uncounted about the Roma during the Holocaust and the discrimination they still face today in many parts of Europe. This is an excellent film, effortlessly weaving stories from the Porajmos (devouring) - the Roma word for the Holocaust - with those about discrimination facing the Roma today. Anybody watching the film, can come away with a deeper understanding of both what happened to the Roma during the Holocaust/Porajmos and is happening in many parts…

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Holocaust Memorial Day Event: The 10 Steps to Genocide; Learning the Lessons from the Porajmos and Srebrenica

January 26 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Room 2.98 Armstrong Building, Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

The 10 Steps to Genocide: Reflecting on the Porajmos and the Genocide at Srebrenica. At least 500,000 Roma were brutally murdered in the Holocaust or 'Porajmos' as the Roma call it and yet in many school textbooks, you would do well to find even one sentence that mentions this. One sentence for more than 500,000 lives. Similarly, in July 1995, fifty years after the Holocaust, genocide occurred again on European soil in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Internationally recognized as the…

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February 2018

First Tuesday: Brian Ward will talk about Martin Luther King’s Visit to Newcastle Fifty Years Ago

February 6 @ 7:00 pm
Old George Inn, Old George Yard
Newcastle, NE1 1EZ

Professor Brian Ward is a historian of the modern US South, the civil rights movement, popular music, the 1960s, and Anglo-American cultural relations. Brian is Northumbria University’s first Professor in American Studies. Previously, he held the Chair in American Studies at the University of Manchester (2006-2012), served as Head of the Department of History at the University of Florida (2000-2006), and taught at the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne (1991-2000) and Durham (1990-91). He is currently Chair of the British…

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