University of Essex

27 January 2017

Hit the heights in Poland

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience — Heather Leathley @ 5:47 pm
Perform with StiltsPro in Poland.

Learn stilt-walking skills with StiltsPro in Poland.

If you are interested in street theatre, there’s a fantastic course on offer in Poland this summer organised by fellow students at the Southend East 15 Acting School.

StiltsPro Theatre Company, run by East 15 students, in partnership with Teatr Avatar from Poland are running a unique two week course for stage people to get a comprehensive training and diploma in stilt-walking, acrobatics and many other street theatre skills.

The cost is £600 including everything but the flights.

For more information contact Piotr Pawarski, email: info@stiltspro.com

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New year, new space

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New year, new space

As you will have seen, work has started on the expansion of the student facilities on our campus, due to be completed in October.

The first phase, which started on 12 December, involves creating two buildings.  A two-storey building, plus a single storey ‘link’ building which will serve as a kitchen for the temporary refectory which will open on the ground floor of the bigger building when work starts on the second phase of this development in  May.This second phase will see the demolition of the existing conservatory, bar and kitchen. This will be replaced by a new facility, double the size of the current space. When it is all completed the temporary refectory will become storage and the first floor will become an IT/Library hub.

 

 

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Essex Book Festival 2017 hits Loughton

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This year’s Essex Book Festival runs throughout  March with events around the county.

Budding authors should head to Loughton Library on Saturday 11 March when Ann Cotterrell from Northway Books will be sharing insights and anecdotes to illustrate the joys and pitfalls of publishing.

Come to Loughton Library to take part in this year's Essex Book Festival.

Come to Loughton Library to take part in this year’s Essex Book Festival

She’ll also be sharing some wise thoughts on self-publishing including advice on design, the processes of production, distribution and new media.

The talk, which starts at 2.30 pm, is accompanied by a display from the National Jazz Archive’s extensive collections.

More details for this event and the many others featured during the month can be found on the Essex Book Festival website.

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26 January 2017

Gateway to success

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The Gateway Building at our Southend Campus is celebrating its tenth anniversary this month.

The five-storey building is home to the School of Health and Human Sciences, Essex Business School, the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies and East 15 studio space. The popular revamped SU Lounge is on the ground floor and other modifications have included new studios for East 15 and there are now three Medical Skills labs.

More than 4,000 students have passed through the doors of the Gateway Building since it opened in January 2007 and numbers on campus have grown from 40 to more than 1,300.

The University now directly employs more than 130 people at Southend. The University’s recent report on economic impact revealed that students based there contribute £5 million directly to the regional economy and the campus produces £46 million in turnover and indirect economic impact to the East of England economy.

The Business Hub on the fourth floor, providing office space to start-up companies, continues to flourish and, from the start, the Gateway Building has also been home to a GP practice and an academic dental clinic, operated by Barts and the London NHS Trust in conjunction with the Queen Mary University of London School of Dentistry.

Campus Manager Zoe Manning, who has been working at the University, since its early days in Southend, said: “It’s been a busy ten years. We now have an impressive campus in the heart of this thriving seaside town and we are an integral part of the community.”

The Gateway Building was the first proper home for the University after it arrived in Southend in April 2002 through its partnership with South Essex College.

A year later the University moved into its own premises at Princess Caroline House on the High Street and work started on the Gateway Building in 2005 after the demolition of the former Odeon cinema.

The launch of the Gateway Building was just the start of a programme of major investment by the University in Southend.  Together with external funders, the University has invested more than £100 million in the campus. Phase 1 of Clifftown Theatre and Studios opened in 2009, followed by Phase 2 in 2010, before the iconic 561-room University Square accommodation opened.

In a ground-breaking partnership, the University, working with Southend Borough Council and South Essex College, opened The Forum Southend-on-Sea in September 2013.  This expanded the learning and teaching space for students as well as creating their first purpose-built library.

It also created room in the Gateway Building for the academic departments to grow as Professional Services staff, student services and the Students’ Union are now based in The Forum.

The University continues to develop its provision in Southend, opening a new studio space on the ground floor of University Square in time for this term.

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Your pennies changing lives

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The Advancement Team

The Advancement Team

Rounding off our series of Donate Your Pennies case studies, we spoke to members of the Advancement Team, who really do all practise what they preach by donating to the scheme  they launched.

Andrea Child (AC), Administrative Assistant, Chris Coates (CC), Communications Officer, Alison Edge (AE), Research Manager, James Martin (JM), Regular and Planned Giving Officer, and Jo Sellars (JS), Alumni Relations Officer explain why they think this initiative is worth signing up to.

What inspired you to sign up to Donate Your Pennies?

JS: “I knew I wouldn’t miss the pennies, and that the combined input from many people having this same thought could make a huge difference to a student. It was an easy decision to make.”

Why do you think supporting education is important and what impact do you hope your contribution can make?

AC: “As I send the thank you email every month on behalf of the team, seeing the figures grow month-on-month is so encouraging. What seems an insignificant amount to me collectively totals a very significant donation to the University.”

CC: “When I started working at Essex four years ago, one of the first stories I remember was about a woman who wanted to be a human rights lawyer, and thanks to a Santander scholarship, is now at the NGO she wanted to work for in Brazil, helping people who need legal representation. The success of the Women of the Future Appeal means we can help 30 people like her, and each successful graduate creates ripples out into their community.”

AE: “Education is the only antidote to some of the madness in the world at the moment, and we need to make sure that those with the potential to instil change are able to study and achieve that potential.”

JM: “A University education is a transformational experience – not just in terms of broadening your career prospects, but broadening your world view and growing you as a person. As staff at Essex, we all share a responsibility to continue to ensure the best and brightest can enjoy that transformational experience, regardless of means or background. It’s a responsibility not just to our institution, but to our society at large.”

JS: “No-one should be held back because of their financial situation. Making a contribution can help change someone’s future, which is really rewarding.”

What would you say to anyone thinking about joining the initiative?

AC: “If we all donated we’d be able to raise even more to help disadvantaged students. Education should be for everyone.”

CC: “The world never changes as fast as we want it to, but what we do today really does influence the future.”

AE: “You won’t even miss those few pennies, and you’ll be part of a huge demonstration of how much the staff at this university believes in and supports what it does.”

JM: “Take out a 50p from your pocket and think about what it can buy you. Then multiply 50p by 3,500. That’s how much money per month we can contribute together to student scholarships if all Essex staff signed up.”

Donate your pennies is a way for everyone at Essex to get involved in fundraising. Your net monthly pay is rounded down to the nearest pound, with the pennies going towards our scholarships, currently the Women of the Future Appeal – supporting talented women from across the world to study at Essex. As your maximum donation can be no more than 99p per month, our 3,000 staff at Essex can together make a big difference to our students. Sign up today.

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25 January 2017

Tributes for Professor Sir Nigel Rodley

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Professor Sir Nigel Rodley

Professor Sir Nigel Rodley

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of our colleague Professor Sir Nigel Rodley.

Dr Clara Sandoval, Acting Director of the Human Rights Centre, has paid tribute: “Today is a very sad day. The Human Rights movement has lost one of its founding fathers. The School of Law and the Human Rights Centre have lost a brilliant and unpretentious colleague, an inspiring and generous human being and a wonderful mentor and friend.

“He was the living heart of the Human Rights Centre at Essex; he will always be remembered for his brilliant legal mind, for his admirable professionalism, for talking truth to power and for his integrity. It is comforting to know that his legacy will endure in the many people he taught and worked with. He was a dear friend and mentor who taught me more than I can say. We will miss him dearly.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster said: “Professor Sir Nigel Rodley was a global champion of human rights – writing influential books on international human rights law while also undertaking incredibly important work on behalf of the United Nations. He had a huge impact on the University over the past 25 years and was absolutely central to establishing Essex as a world-leading centre for human rights. He was an inspiration to many, many students and colleagues. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”

Professor Lorna Fox O’Mahony, Executive Dean (Humanities), added:Professor Sir Nigel Rodley was a giant in his field, globally recognised as a tireless campaigner for human rights and widely respected for his intellectual leadership. He will be warmly remembered for his kindness. Colleagues and students across the University are deeply saddened by his loss.”

Sir Nigel joined Essex in 1990 as Reader in Law. From 1993 to 2001 he served as the first United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture. From 2001 to October 2016 he served on the United Nations Human Rights Committee and in 1998 he was knighted for his services to human rights.

A full tribute will be published on our website in due course.

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20 January 2017

Book up for Essex Book Festival

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We are at the heart of Essex Book Festival.

The Festival’s inspiring director Ros Green is one of our graduates and is based in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies. Thanks to Ros’ vision, backed up the Festival’s amazing managing board, Essex Book Festival is pushing back the boundaries of that a book festival can do and also delivering a packed programme of events throughout March.

You’ll find University of Essex academics, graduates and current students closely involved in many events – talking about their work, reflecting on the creative process or offering their expertise. You’ll also find our Colchester Campus and Southend Campus hosting exciting events.

We’re even staging the launch event at the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall at our Colchester Campus with award-winning novelist A L Kennedy (Costa Book of the Year 2007, Booker Prize Longlist 2016).

So here is a rundown of the many Essex Book Festival events with a direct link to the University of Essex, but please remember there many, many other events taking place in March and you can see the full details on the website.

The University of Essex at Essex Book Festival

Wednesday 1 March, 7.00pm, Essex Book Festival Launch: Serious Sweet, A L Kennedy

Essex Book Festival is delighted to welcome award-winning novelist A L Kennedy, who has just moved to Essex, to launch this year’s festival and share insights into her latest book, Serious Sweet: a poignant, funny and beautifully written story about two damaged people trying to make moral choices in an immoral world. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/launch-serious-sweet/

Saturday 4 March, 11.00am-12.00pm, The World in a Grain of Sand: Writing In Progress

Join the University of Essex’s Creative Writing team – including James Canton, Kate Worsley, Adrian May, Chris McCully, Philip Terry and others – as they share some golden nuggets from their current works-in- progress. A unique opportunity to join in the creative process and savour a taste of things to come! This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Place Weekend in Colchester on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/world-in-a-grain-of-sand/

Sat 4 March, 2.00-3.30pm, Hidden Stories: place and memory in the Essex Landscape, Ken Worpole, Alan Hockett and Judith Wolton

Presentations about the Essex landscape and the new publication Words from the Edge and other Drosscapes. Ken Worpole is an acclaimed author on architecture and landscape; Alan Hockett, an artist and photographer who produces magical pinhole images; and Judith Wolton is a poet who explores coastal margins and other edgelands. This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Place Weekend in Colchester on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/hidden-stories/

Saturday 4 March, 3.45-5.00pm, Writing the Place: Phil Terry, Sarah Perry, Wioletta Greg

A rare opportunity to hear three very different award-winning writers explain why PLACE matters in their work. These include Essex-based Polish poet Wioletta Greg talking her about her wonderful memoir Swallowing Mercury, our writer-in-residence Sarah Perry of The Essex Serpent fame, plus poet Philip Terry whose new volume Quennets will take us from Berlin to the Essex Estuary. This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Place Weekend in Colchester on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/writing-the-place/

Saturday 4 March, 11.00am-1.00pm, Essex Children’s University: Junior Literature Lectures

Join Essex Children’s University for fun, practical and interactive Junior Lectures with a literary theme. Taking place on the same day as their Graduation ceremony, the CU Lectures are an opportunity to come and find out more about Essex Children’s University. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/cu-junior-lit-lectures/

Sunday 5 March, 10.00am-12.30pm, Walking the Roman Wall: Ruth Raymer and Chris McCully

Essex-based writers Ruth Raymer and Chris McCully take you on a literary journey following Colchester’s Roman Wall. An adventure for the curious, Ruth and Chris will tell stories, and contemplate and question this ancient structure as they go, with the aim to develop a range of short writings about the wall, and about walking and exploring. This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Place Weekend in Colchester on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/walking-roman-wall/

Sunday 5 March, 3.00-5.00pm, Wild Writing Masterclass: Chris McCully

Enjoy a fresh vision of Essex, its cultural history and its living legacy of wilderness and imagination with acclaimed poet and writer Chris McCully, who teaches a range of Creative Writing courses at the University of Essex Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies. This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Place Weekend in Colchester on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/wild-writing-masterclass/ ‎

Sunday 5 March, 1.00-2.00pm, Trieste: In-between states: Tereza Stehilikova in conversation with Professor Sanja Bahun and Roma Tearne

Following a screening of her impressionistic short film Trieste: In-between states, director Tereza Stehilikova discusses the allure of this liminal city. Positioned on the crossroads of different cultures and political states, it explores the nature of belonging, displacement and the meaning of home. A collaboration with writer Deborah Levy, the film is interwoven with excerpts of Levy’s short story, Swallowing Geography. This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Place Weekend in Colchester on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/trieste-in-between-states/

Wednesday 8 March, 7.00pm, Incarnation: Clare Pollard

Clare Pollard, Royal Literary Fellow at University of Essex, shares poems about our children and the stories we tell them. Fairytales and modern myths make appearances alongside biblical tales, exploring innocence and responsibility, asking what it means to bring new human beings into this world and how we shape them through our words. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/incarnation/

Friday 10 March, 7.30pm, The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise: Brix Smith Start

The extraordinary story, in her own words, of Brix Smith Start. Best known for her work in The Fall at the time when they were perhaps the most powerful and influential anti-authoritarian postpunk band in the world, Brix spent ten years in the band before a violent disintegration led to her exit and the end of her marriage with Mark E Smith. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/brix-smith-start/

Wednesday 15 March, 7.00pm, Estuary: Out from London to the Sea, Rachel Lichtenstein

From the acclaimed author of Brick Lane and Rodinsky’s Room, Estuary is a thoughtful and intimate portrait of a profoundly British place: the Thames Estuary. With a clear eye and a sharp ear, Rachel Lichtenstein captures the essence of a community and an environment, examining how each has shaped and continues to shape the other. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/estuary/

Wednesday 15 March, 6.30pm, Refugees and Peacekeepers – A Patrician Press Anthology: Penny Simpson, Kathy Stevens, Anna Johnson and others

An evening to celebrate the result of a writing competition held in 2016, introduced by Patricia Borlenghi with readings by two of the prize-winners Penny Simpson and Kathy Stevens and others. In association with the Centre for Creative Writing at the University of Essex. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/refugees-and-peacekeepers/

Thursday 16 March, 7.00pm, Inside Story: Politics, Intrigue and Treachery from Thatcher to Brexit: Philip Webster

Philip Webster wrote for The Times for 43 years, being at the centre of all the big stories of the past four decades. Who better to share with us exclusive insights into some of the biggest scoops and the many politicians, great and small, he has encountered. “One of the greatest political journalists of my lifetime” Fraser Nelson, editor of the Spectator. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/inside-story/

Friday 17 March, 2.00pm, The Joyce Girl: Annabel Abbs

This St Patrick’s Day, we ask why was James Joyce’s daughter written out of history? In her debut novel The Joyce Girl, Annabel Abbs explores the little-known life of Lucia Joyce. Inspired by a true story, this is a compelling and moving account of thwarted ambition and the destructive love of a father. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/the-joyce-girl/

Fri 17 March, 11.30am-1.00pm, How to write an internationally acclaimed novel in 10 steps: Annabel Abbs

Annabel Abbs, winner of the Impress Prize for New Writers, will show you how to write a successful novel in ten simple steps.

Her debut novel, The Joyce Girl, explores the little-known life of Lucia, daughter of James Joyce. Inspired by a true story, this is a compelling and moving account of thwarted ambition and the destructive love of a father. The Joyce Girl won the 2015 Impress Prize and was longlisted for the 2015 Bath Novel Award and the 2015 Caledonia Novel Award. Her short stories have been long and short­listed for various awards, and she is now completing her second novel, based on the life of Frieda von Richthofen, wife and muse to D H Lawrence. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/annabel-abbs-workshop/

Saturday 18 March and Sunday 19 March, 10.30am-4.00pm, University of Essex Mini Book Festival

A brilliant place to celebrate children’s literature: family activities include storytelling with Grandma Sally and Auntie Angie, book making with artist Alison Stockmarr, story writing with the University’s Writing Society, drawing, bringing your stories to life with the Theatre Arts Society, and exclusive access to the University Library. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/mini-book-fest/

Saturday 18 March, 10.00am-3.00pm, Essex Authors’ Day

This exciting day of workshops, stalls and events brings together readers, writing groups, Essex based authors, publishers and organisations supporting writers, and anyone interested in writing or reading. Listen to readings of adult or children’s books, pick up top tips in mini workshops, take part in the writing challenge, meet other writers, or simply browse and buys books. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/essex-authors-day/

Wednesday 22 March, 7.00pm, Granta Magazine: Best of Young American Novelists, Ros Porter with A L Kennedy and Ben Markovits

Ros Porter, Deputy Editor of Granta Fiction, the UK’s leading periodical of new fiction, poetry, photography and essays, talks to two of its contributors - award-winning writer A L Kennedy and US author and essayist Ben Markovits - about the role of literary magazines, and today’s best young American novelists. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/granta-magazine/

Friday 24 March, 7.30pm, Discovering England: Adrian May & Face Furniture and the Extensions

In the songs and poems of his new book and CD, Adrian May takes a wry, left-wing look at the vexed questions of English identity, ranging from the comic to the poignant, where ‘Nobody hates the English as much as they hate themselves’. This launch includes a performance by Adrian with the band Face Furniture and the Extensions. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/discovering-england/

Saturday 25 March, 7.30pm, The Long and Winding Road: Alan Johnson

From the condemned slums of Southam Street in West London to the corridors of power in Westminster, Alan Johnson’s multi-award-winning autobiography charts an extraordinary journey. Volume Three tells of Alan’s early political skirmishes as a trade union leader, where his negotiating skills and charismatic style soon came to the notice of Tony Blair. A Sunday Times best-selling author. http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/alan-johnson/

Wednesday 5 April to Friday 7 April, Essex Radical Writing Retreat

The Inaugural Radical Writing Retreat in partnership with the University of Essex and Radical Essex. Based at the Othona Centre in Bradwell-on-Sea.

 

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12 January 2017

Innovation Centre – work begins Monday 16 January

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Work on our exciting new Innovation Centre begins on Monday.

Work on our exciting new Innovation Centre begins on Monday.

Contractor Kier Construction will be starting work on the site for the new Innovation Centre on Monday 16 January.

This new building, located on the area of land between Essex Business School and Parkside Office Village, is a major addition to the Knowledge Gateway and due for completion in spring 2018.

From Monday 16 January fencing will be installed on the site, plus there will be soil removal work and installation of accommodation for site staff.

Please note, throughout the construction period there will be an increase in vehicles using Nesfield Road, Boundary Road and the North Towers car park road.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding, in case of any disruption as work gets underway.

For more information on this exciting project, see the business page of our website.

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Holocaust Memorial Week 2017

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Since 2007 the University of Essex has marked Holocaust Memorial Day with a series of events taking place during the week that leads up to or includes 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by Soviet troops.

The week provides a focus for remembering the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in countries such as Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. It is also an opportunity for us to look at human rights issues, and lessons still to be learned by the Holocaust.

For more information email events@essex.ac.uk, or telephone: 873270.

17 January – 18 February 2017

ORI GERSHT : EVADERS

This event marks the start of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Week, and will be opened by Professor Rainer Schulze, at the launch event on Thursday 19 January from 6pm-8pm.

Photographer and video artist Ori Gersht turns his lens on sites of collective trauma, violence and loss, examining the power of time and landscape to preserve and erase history.

This exhibition features ‘Evaders’, a two channel film and series of photographs which trace the journey used by the German-Jewish writer and philosopher, Walter Benjamin on his ill-fated journey in 1940 to escape Nazi-occupied France across the Pyrenees.

The clear visual references to German Romanticism in Gersht’s ‘Evaders’, particularly to the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, are suggestive of a fatal attachment to German culture that prevented Walter Benjamin, like many others, from grasping the horrific scope of the Nazi agenda until it was too late to escape its consequences. Gersht skillfully combines this history with his own more recent cultural upheavals and current concerns over Europe’s border controls or the lack of them.

‘Evaders’ is accompanied by photographs from the ‘White Noise’ series which also take a journey as their starting point – the train journey from Krakow to Auschwitz. Gersht photographed the scenes from his train window using a slow shutter speed, allowing the images to blur and slip away like memories in the process of forgetting.

Ori Gersht was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel and now lives and works in London.

Guest-curated by Sanna Moore.

Thursday 19 January

Launch – Ori Gersht:Evaders

Opened by Professor Rainer Schulze, Emeritus Professor, the Deparment of History.

6pm-8pm Art Exchange. Free admission and all welcome.

Wednesday 25 January

THINK debate on refugees

2pm, Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall

Don Kipper

Lakeside Theatre, 7.30pm

Join the award-winning klezmer ensemble for a special Holocaust Memorial Day performance.

Uncover the world of Eastern European Jewish and Roma music making, from hectic hongas and frantic freylekhs, to tranquil Dobridens and soulful Doinas. Over the course of the evening Don Kipper will tell you stories of great Klezmer musicians (the Klezmorim) of the past, bringing  to life that tradition and giving voice to  the music of the many minorities who were victims of the holocaust.

Don Kipper attempt to root themselves deeply in the traditions that surround them. They seek to explore radical interpretations and taut arrangements full of complex harmonies, rhythms and imaginative improvisation.

“So tight it sounds like one divine entity is playing the band”

Max Reinhardt (Late Junction, BBC Radio 3)

In advance:

UOE Students £6 / Conc £9 / Full £13

Thursday 26 January

Lunchtime Tour

To coincide with Holocaust  Memorial Week, Jess Twyman will lead a tour of the exhibition, offering insights into the ideas explored in Ori Gersht’s work.

1.15 – 1.45pm, Art Exchange

Dora Love Prize – Separate to Holocaust Memorial Week

Dora Love, a Holocaust survivor, spent much of her life raising awareness that the attitudes which made the Holocaust possible – intolerance, discrimination and outright hatred of those who are regarded as ‘different’ for whatever reason – are still alive all around us. Whilst the specific circumstances of the Holocaust are unlikely to recur, we need to learn from the past in order to act responsibly in the present and shape a joint future for all where no one is excluded.

Dora Love died on 26 October 2011, and the Dora Love Prize continues her work. It is awarded each year for the best Holocaust awareness project by an individual pupil or group of pupils of a school in Essex or Suffolk. Currently it is only open to years 7 to 10. The Prize goes to the project which expresses best that which was most important to Dora Love: speaking up against hatred wherever it occurs, never forgetting the ultimate consequence of seemingly small acts of discrimination and developing a sense of personal responsibility.

The Dora Love Prize evening, when participating schools from Essex and Suffolk present their projects ending with the award of the Prize, always takes place in the week leading up to or including Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by Soviet troops in 1945.

Lakeside Theatre,  7pm.

Friday 27 January – Holocaust Memorial Day

Reading of names

11.50am-4.10pm, Square 3, Colchester campus

We would like volunteers to read the names – if you would like to take part in this commemoration, please contact our events team on ext 3270 or email events@essex.ac.uk.

Reading of names of those who perished in the Holocaust and other genocides. From 10 minutes to and 10 minutes past each hour between 11.50am and 4.10pm.

As a symbolic gesture we will read the names of victims of the Holocaust and other genocides every hour in Square 3 from 11.50am to 4.10pm, from ten minutes to the hour to ten minutes past the hour and we are looking for volunteers from our staff and students to read names for around five minutes in any of those time slots.

The spirit of this act of remembrance is perhaps best expressed by David Berger, himself a victim of the Holocaust who was killed, at the age of 19, in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1941. He said, ‘If something happens, I would want there to be somebody who would remember that someone named D. Berger had once lived.  This  will make things easier for me in the difficult moments.’ The reading of names is very informal and people will listen (or not) as they pass by through Square 3. The emphasis is not on correct pronunciation but more the fact that they are being remembered by us today. Every name we read out represents the many whose names we do not know.

If you would like to contribute to this commemoration, please email events@essex.ac.uk to let us know your availability, so that we can prepare a rota for the day.

Service led by Colchester and District Jewish Community to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

A short service based on the Friday evening synagogue service with readings and reflections. 
Lakeside Theatre, 7.30pm

Thursday 2 February

Artist’s Talk

Artist Ori Gersht will join us for an evening of debate and conversation. Focusing on the artworks on display, Ori will expand on the ideas that inform his production.

6pm-7pm, Art Exchange

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Professor Anthony King

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Professor Anthony King

Professor Anthony King

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of our colleague Professor Anthony King.

Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster said: “Professor Anthony King was a giant of political science and one of the University of Essex’s longest serving members of staff, joining us in 1966 just two years after the University opened.

“An inspirational teacher, a great political thinker and a brilliant writer, Professor King analysed politics in books and on television with incredible intelligence, insight and wit. Our thoughts are with his family and his friends, including his many, many former students.”

Close friend and colleague Professor David Sanders, Regius Professor in the Department of Government, said: “Tony was the intellectual heart of the Department of Government at Essex. He was the clearest and most compelling lecturer I have ever observed and the very best writer working in contemporary political science. His facility for making complex arguments accessible to audiences of all kinds was unparalleled. His personal kindness was immense. I will miss him more than I can say.”

Further tributes from David Dimbleby and John Bercow MP can be seen on our news page, alongside an obituary by the Political Studies Association.

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