Did you know that the University of Aberdeen is the proud home of staff and students of 120 different nationalities? Our community thrives because of this. These are just some of the many ways that the members of our community say welcome.
I’m pleased to invite you to watch this short film of our annual ‘Cradle to Grave’ conference which took place on 11 February 2017 bringing together progressive voices in defence of public education. This year the focus was on what a post-Brexit future holds for further and higher education and we were lucky to have an excellent range of speakers including shadow chancellor John McDonnell MP, author Melissa Benn, political commentator Steve Richards, and academics Professor Kalwant Bhopal, Dr Vicky Duckworth, Dr Rob Smith and Sir Peter Scott. The event saw the launch of our booklet produced with Refugee Action challenging negative perceptions about refugees and a central theme of the day and of Sally Hunt’s speech was the urgent need for us as educators and trade unionists to stand up for progressive values and against the racism of Donald Trump and the populist Right.
A lecture will take place on Wednesday, 1 March 2017, from 7-8PM at the Town House in Aberdeen, by Professor Robert Frost, Burnett Fletcher Chair in History at the University of Aberdeen, concerning Polish-Scottish connections in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. All are welcome to attend!
‘Aberdonians in the Americas’
A new exhibition at the University of Aberdeen’s King’s Museum (10 January – 27 May) explores the lives of five local collectors who travelled to Latin America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They went to seek their fortunes for different reasons – as explorers, doctors, miners, or missionaries – and met cultures and experiences strikingly different from their lives at home.
‘Aberdonians in the Americas’ draws on the University of Aberdeen’s rich Latin American collections to explore the hidden stories behind the donations that these collectors made to the University of Aberdeen of material relating to their work and travels. It includes objects whose connections with local collectors were re-discovered during the course of the exhibition, from a stalactite from a Bolivian tin mine to a ‘diabolical’ mata mata turtle that was fished out of the River Amazon.
A public lecture associated with the exhibition will take place on 14 March, at 7:30.
Adventuring Aberdonians: the lives, travels and collecting of James W. H. Trail and John McPherson, Professor Patience Schell, University of Aberdeen. Regent Building Lecture Theatre.
Read here about the results of a project based at the University of Aberdeen, which explored the obstacles and difficulties that face Polish and other East European migrants to Scotland, but also suggests some solutions. Karin Friedrich led a programme financed by the Scottish University’s Inisight Institute in 2015, before the European Referendum changed the whole climate. Magda Czarnecka, a Polish community activist who worked from the Fife Migrants Forum and the Charity Feniks in Edinburgh, conducted a survey among Polish citizens living in the UK to find about their attitudes towards Brexit.
Linking Northern Communities socially, culturally and economically
Polish citizens’ in the UK attitudes towards Brexit
Photo by Karin Friedrich
Image by Dan Perjovschi, courtesy of the artist
In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, Dr. Amy Bryzgel, Senior Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen, explored the various ways in which artists from around the world responded to this life-changing event. You can read her text, and view the artworks discussed, on the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture blog.
In the lead-up to the EU Referendum in the UK, University of Aberdeen’s own Andrew Dilley, Senior Lecturer in History, wrote two articles for The Conversation UK, based on his research, which may be of interest:
The Commonwealth is not an alternative to the EU for Britain
Vote Leave views of Europe’s future are not attractive – if you know your history
Welcome to Global Aberdeen! We created this page to collect research, ideas, thoughts and messages of multiculturalism, diversity, openness and welcome that we believe is representative of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
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The above tribute to Kurt Cobain was installed by the Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee in Aberdeen, Washington, USA, but the message rings true for our own Aberdeen, Scotland, as well!
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