Sunder Katwala discusses immigration in light of Brexit (9 March)

Leeds Beckett University

Politics & International Relations Public Lecture

 

After Brexit how should we talk about Immigration?

Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future

 

Thursday 9 March 2017

17:30 – 19:00

Refreshments from 5.00pm

 

City Campus

Woodhouse Lecture Theatre 1 WHG01

 

All Welcome

 

Public attitudes to immigration and cultural diversity are polarised between ‘Rejectionists’ and ‘Migration liberals’ but with quite a large ‘Anxious middle’. There have been persistent majorities in favour of reducing immigration, and in recent years immigration has consistently been seen as one of the most important issues facing Britain. Immigration was a key issue in the EU referendum and was one of the main concerns motivating Leave voters. Consequently, Brexit has been interpreted by the government primarily as a vote in favour of controlling, and reducing, immigration. British Future has been at the forefront of efforts to promote an open and constructive public discussion of immigration, the need for which is now urgent. In this lecture the Director of British Future, Sunder Katwala, will discuss how to talk about immigration after Brexit.

 

Sunder Katwala is the Director of British Future. He has previously worked as a journalist. He was general secretary of the Fabian Society think tank from 2003 to 2011, and was previously a leader writer and internet editor at The Observer, a research director of the Foreign Policy Centre and commissioning editor for politics and economics at the publisher Macmillan. He was born in Doncaster, Yorkshire, to parents who came to Britain from India and Ireland to work for the NHS. http://www.britishfuture.org/about/who-we-are/

 

Register here

 

 

 

Festival of Politics in Leeds (November 2016)

Apologies for not posting on this site since we announced the sad news of the death of our friend and Taking Soundings founder and stalwart, Matthew Caygill. We’ve been doing some re-thinking and are pleased to say that we have new committee members and plans for future meetings.

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Right now, we recommend these events organised by our colleagues at Leeds Beckett University

The annual Festival of Politics & International Relations involves a programme of talks, debates, workshops, films and other events providing opportunities for argument and discussion on a range of social, political and economic issues – contemporary and historical, national and global.

Full information/registration

Each year speakers include academics, politicians, campaigners and journalists and this year we are delighted to confirm the following visiting speakers:

  • Making Sense of the Syrian Conflict- Federico Venturini, Leeds Friends of Rojava & Javaad Alipoor, co-author ‘Khiyana: Daesh, the Left and the Unmaking of the Syrian Revolution’
  • Should universities be ‘Safe Spaces’?- Robert Sharp,  Head of Campaigns and Communications, English PEN www.englishpen.org
  • Responding to the Refugee Crisis. What can be done, locally and nationally?- Jon Beech.  Director, Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network (LASSN) www.lassn.org.uk
  • Can Labour Win Under Jeremy Corbyn?- Richard Burgon MP (Labour, Leeds East) Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

All events are free and open to the public except for those indicated.

For more information and to register for events, please go to: https://pirfestival2016.eventbrite.co.uk

Please share with your networks and students.

The festival is organised by the Politics & International relations Group in the School of Social Sciences at Leeds Beckett University.

 

EU: In or Out? on Sunday 22nd May

The EU referendum is almost upon us. So: EU in or out?

If you’re turned off by all the talk and fed up with the facts and figures, join Unlock Democracy and Talk Shop on Sunday 22nd May. Come and meet with others trying to make up their mind, get the key info and talk through the issues.

Our event on 22nd will be practical politics in action: the chance to meet one another, debate the big questions and decide which way you’ll vote.

We’ll be joined by some speakers, but this is more about the participation than panel. After all, it’s your vote.

We are neutral on the referendum and we welcome all views.

The day is free and open to all, so sign up below to book your slot.

More about unlock democracy and event sign-up details are here 

More about Talk Shop here

Join the Leeds Summat 2016 on 23 April

Taking Soundings has supported all the previous Summats and this one (organised by Leeds for Change in collaboration with SenjaNet and the Economic Justice Project) looks as good as ever.

Speaker panels with Dan Glass from ACT UP London and Beautiful Trouble, Jess Bradley from Action for Trans Health and Andy Greene from Disabled People Against The Cuts
Workshops from Leeds Older People’s Forum, Frack Free Leeds, OPEN Economics and lots more
The brilliant choir workshop with Issi is back, and they’ve also got the children’s space open from 10am – 4.30pm.

More information here

Join the CND demo on Saturday 27th Feb

CND’s national demonstration to protest against Trident is just days away – on 27th February – and there’s still lots to do!

Stop Trident Rally in London – this Friday
Help make this the biggest mobilisation of people against Trident for a generation. If you’re in London, come to the rally at Friends House at Euston, this Friday, 19th February.

Join us and speakers: Tariq Ali • Kate Hudson CND general secretary • Richard Norton Taylor The Guardian • Lindsey German Stop the War • Brian Eno • Bruce Kent CND vice president • Amelia Womack Green Party deputy leader • Shelly Asquith NUS

Want to help with the demo? Following the rally we will discuss logistics: leafleting, placards, stewarding… We’ll decide and assign tasks after the rally – join us!

If you’re not in London, take a look at the CND website to find one of the many local events happening in the run up to (and after!) the demonstration.
                                                                                                                                               
#StopTrident Demonstration: Saturday 27th February
Assemble 12 noon 
Marble Arch, London

Join us to say No to government plans to buy a new system at a cost of over £100 billion. Let’s get the message out loud and clear: we don’t want Trident! We’ll be marching from Marble Arch to a rally in Trafalgar Square – join us!

Need transport to the demo? Book your place on one of the many coaches coming from around the UK. Find your local transport on the CND website here.

Sign up to the event on Facebook if you haven’t already!

Gary Younge, Caryl Phillips & others (26 Feb)

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Guardian journalist Gary Younge, internationally renowned writer Caryl Phillips, acclaimed poet Zena Edwards and others are taking part in a series of events in Leeds on Friday 26th February organised by the Leeds University School of English in collaboration with the Remember Oluwale charity.

The events include sessions on radical gardening (work on the Oluwale Memorial Garden in Leeds starts in April);  the issues raised by #blacklivesmatter in the USA and the UK; Corinne Silva’s haunting film meditating on David Oluwale; poetry and music; culminating in an interview with Caryl Phillips on his account of Oluwale’s life and death in his book Foreigners: Three English Lives. 

More information here 

Tickets are free but need to be booked on Eventbrite, which also gives all the times and venues for the events. Click  here to book

 

Amazing film from Palestine (24 Feb)

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“An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in the West Bank. We are shown the resilient spirit of one village recorded by a single observer.”

 

Wed 24 February: 6.00 – 8.00 pm
Refreshments served between 6.00 – 6.15

Film begins at 6.15 prompt

 Hosted by: Friends of Sabeel – Yorkshire

“Working For Peace for the People of Palestine and Israel”

Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel, City Square, Leeds LS1 5EB

LUCSAS lists lots of good stuff in Nov and Dec

Please see details of a film showing at Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds that may be of interest on Tuesday 1 December at 6.30
‘Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus’ – with Q and A session afterwards from the director and organised in association with PAFRAS:
There is also a list of some upcoming events around refugee solidarity in Leeds via Leeds City of Sanctuary here:
Other upcoming LUCAS / LUCAS sponsored events:
LUCAS Seminar (co-hosted with RiDNet and CGD): Sam Spiegel (Edinburgh) on ‘Resource Politics and Advocacy Struggles in Zimbabwe:
Encountering Power at Multiple Scales’
Monday 30 November, 4pm, School of Earth and Environment Seminar room 8.119
LUCAS Seminar – Naomi Haynes (Edinburgh) ‘Learning to Pray the Pentecostal Way: Language and Personhood on the Zambian Copperbelt’.
Tuesday 8 December, 4–5.30pm (Michael Sadler LG10)
School of English seminar – Prof. Jane Taylor (Leeds),  ‘Ubu and the Truth Commission: Transitional Justice and Theatre’.
Tuesday 8 December, 5pm,  Studio One of the Workshop Theatre (behind the Laidlaw library)
LUCAS Seminar – Prof. Jane Plastow (Leeds) ‘From Research to Activism: Making Theatre and Anthropology in Walukuba’
Wednesday 9th December, 5 pm in Studio One of the Workshop Theatre (beside Laidlaw Library)
Thanks,
Christian Hogsbjerg
LUCAS Administrator
Leeds University Centre for African Studies
School of Politics and International Studies
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel: 0113 343 5069
@CASLeeds

Palestinian Film Festival in Leeds (November)

We hope you will be able to come along to some of the films that we are showing at venues around Leeds, including the Town Hall, Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton, Heart in Headingley, Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds Beckett University and the Hamara Centre in Beeston.

At Heart and Hyde Park Picture House we will be selling Zaytoun food products (including olive oil and dates), Hadeel crafts and Recipes of Resistance cookery books, all of which make great Christmas presents!

Welcome to the first Leeds Palestinian Film Festival

We are proud to bring you a selection of films from and about Palestine and the Palestinian diaspora. Ranging from documentaries to dramas to our favourite – a Claymation – we hope these will illuminate the darkness of troubled times.

We are pleased to have Richard Burgon (MP for East Leeds and newly appointed Shadow Treasury Secretary) opening the festival on 15thNovember, given his longtime interest and commitment to Palestine.

Our screenings are:

The Wanted 18: Sunday 15th November 8.30 pm, Albert Room, Leeds Town Hall, Headrow, LS1 3AD.

This winning mix of documentary and clay-animation offers an unexpectedly humorous account of a West Bank town’s experience of the first Intifada, a subject that doesn’t usually generate a lot of laughs in cinema. It recounts the true story of how the Palestinian neighborhood of BeitSahour near Bethlehem acquired a herd of 18 dairy cows and then had to hide them from the Israeli security forces when their existence was absurdly deemed a threat to national security.

Screened in collaboration with Leeds International Film Festival

Directors: Amer Shomali, Paul Cowan, released: 2014, running time: 75 minutes

Tickets £5 / £6

If you want to recommend this to or let a friend n Sheffield know about this film, it is also showing at the Showroom on Saturday 28thNovember.

 

Amreeka: Tuesday 17th November 7.30 pm, Seven Arts Centre, 31A, Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, LS7 3PD

This lighthearted film chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in the promised land of small town Illinois. Told with heartfelt humor, “Amreeka” is a universal journey into the lives of a family of immigrants and first-generation teenagers caught between their heritage and the new world in which they now live and the bittersweet search for a place to call home.

Director and writer: Cherien Dabis, released 2009, running time: 96 minutes, cast includes Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem and Alia Shawkat

Tickets £5 / £3.50 concessions

 

Two Blue Lines: Monday 23rd November, 6.30 pm, Beckett Studio, LBU Headingley CampusLS6 3QS

Shot over a period of 32 years, this documentary examines the human and political situation of Palestinian people from the years prior to the creation of Israel to the present day. By primarily featuring the narratives of Israelis whose positions run counter to their country’s official policy, Ohio-based filmmaker Tom Hayes provides a portrait of the ongoing conflict not often depicted in our mainstream media.

Director: Tom Hayes, released 2015, running time: 98 minutes

Free entry, donations welcome, free parking and a bar on campus

 

Film and Food Night: Friday 4th December, 6 pm onwards, HEART Centre, Bennett Street, Headingley, LS6 3HN screening Divine Intervention

The lovely folk at HEART Café will have some delicious Palestinian and middle eastern mezzes on their menu, especially laid on for the evening from 6 pm onwards.  There will also be lovely Zaytoun Palestinian products and Palestinian crafts available for sale (great for Christmas Presents).

Divine Intervention will be introduced at 7pm by Keith Withall, local film enthusiast or who has a keen interest of film by and about oppressed peoples fighting neo-colonialism.

This film (which will start at around 7.20pm) is made by Palestinian director Elia Suleimanand is a surreal black comedy.  The film records a day in the life of a Palestinian living in Nazareth, whose girlfriend lives several checkpoints away in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

One lyrical section features a beautiful sunglasses-clad Palestinian woman (played by Manal Khader) whose passing by not only distracts all eyes, but whose gaze causes Israeli military checkpoint towers to crumble. The director features prominently as the film’s silent, expressionless protagonist in an iconic and powerfully moving performance that has been compared to the work of Buster Keaton, Jim Jarmusch and Jacques Tati.

Director and writer: Elia Suleiman, released 2002, running time 92 minutes, cast include Elia Suleiman, Manal Khader and George Ibrahim.

Tickets £5 / £3.50 concessions

 

On the side of the road: Thursday 8th December 7 pm, Hamara Centre, Tempest Road, Beeston, LS11 6RD.

This documentary by Israeli journalist Lia Tarachansky examines the collective Israeli denial about the expulsion and displacement of Palestinians in the wake of the 1948 war for independence. Referred to by the Palestinian people as the Nakba, or “the catastrophe,” the destruction of villages resulted in generations of refugees and, as parks and new cities were built on the ruins of those villages, years of violent history were swept under the rug.  Tarachansky interviews several former soldiers who participated in the destruction,. The film refrains from dehumanizing either side, instead making the simple request that the region’s history never be forgotten.

DirectorLia Tarachansky, released 2013, running time: 82 minutes

 

Open Bethlehem: Tuesday 15th December, 6.30 pm, Hyde Park Picture House, 73, Brudenell Road, Hyde Park, LS6 1JD

When film-maker Leila Sansour returned to Bethlehem in 2005, she planned to make a documentary about the Palestinian city she couldn’t wait to leave as a teenager. However, her cousin Carol convinces her to stay and build upon the legacy of her father, who founded the local university in 1973. Realising that the “Separation” wall erected by the Israelis is isolating a once-thriving destination for pilgrims and tourists, Leila and Carol devise a campaign to encourage visitors to return to the birthplace of Jesus Christ and apply for passports giving them honorary citizenship.  Distilled from 700 hours of footage shot over several years and with rare archive material, the film is potent and poignant.

There will also be lovely Zaytoun products  and crafts for sale before the screening (perfect ethical Christmas Presents!).  There will also be a short update from Ghada Elkhatik …………..on life in Bethlehem.   You are welcome to leave before this or to stay if you would like.

Director:  Leila Sansour, released 2014, running time 90 minutes

Tickets £5.50 /£4.50 concessions / £6 balcony / Friends of HPPH £4

We would like to thank Leeds International Film Festival,  the Beckett Studio, Hyde Park Picture House, 7 Arts Centre and HEART for supporting the LPFF.

Organised by the Leeds Palestinian Film Festival Committee.