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School of Social Sciences staff host series of events for Black History Month

10 October 2022

School of Social Scienes graduate tutor Jack Hogton smiling at camera

Staff at Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences are hosting a number of events to mark Black History Month.

PhD Researcher and Graduate Tutor Jack Hogton is leading on three events in collaboration with public services innovation lab for Wales Y Lab and social science research park sbarc|spark.

The events will focus on Black Experience and current affairs, highlighting historically important events in Wales and issues faced in modern day Britain.

Black History Month recognises the achievements and contributions of Black people in all aspects of British society. Each October is an opportunity to learn more about how to challenge negative stereotypes.

A panel discussion will be held at sbarc|spark on 18 October, followed by a documentary screening at the Glamorgan Building on 24 October, then a theatre performance by Duke Al Durham 26 October back at sbarc|spark.

“Being a mixed-race individual, I wasn’t sure that university was the place for me. I hope events like this, being run by people like me, demonstrate that isn’t the case.

"What’s even more important is to show potential students, and the community, that people like them do occupy these spaces. Black History is not “Black History,” it’s British History and I hope events like this emphasise this point.”

The events are inspired by Jack and his colleagues Monica Thomas and Laura Shobiye, three PhD researchers of Black heritage, who ran a Discussion Series on Black British Music as Resistance, Being Black in Academia, Embodied Blackness and Black Joy.

“It was noted by attendees the importance for spaces like this and this underpinned the desire to continue running annual events,” Jack added.

Throughout October, the Inside Out exhibition – a series of photography depicting Tiger Bay from 1970 to the 1990s by Simon and Anthony Campbell – will be on display around the Glamorgan building.

Get your free tickets for each event via Eventbrite.

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