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Black and British Season BBC WebsiteOver the past month the BBC has been running a series of programmes on black history as part of its Black and British season looking at the lives of black women and men in the United Kingdom in the past and present.

We’ve used our ERA licence to record a number of programmes from the season for our learners. To match in with our Access to Humanities and Social Sciences students who are studying the slave trade we’ve recorded David Olosuga’s series Black and British – a Forgotten History which comes in four parts; First Encounters, Freedom, Moral mission and Homecoming. The series goes back to Roman times and takes you up to the present day.

Black is the New Black is also a four-part piece looking at the lives and family history of famous black Britons from the arts, sport, comedy, politics, business, design, fashion, science and architecture.

We’ve also recorded Black Nurses: the Women Who Saved the NHS and Will Britain Ever Have a Black Prime Minister?

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queenofthesouthseas-800pxWho would have thought that plagiarism would hit the news in such a big way? But it has – in US politics. This summer Melania Trump delivered a speech which lifts whole phrases from a speech made by Michelle Obama in 2008. Don’t take our word for it though, compare the speeches yourselves and see what you think:

Melania Trump convention speech seems to plagiarise Michelle Obama

It’s so important to put the time into making what you have to say creative and choose whom you quote. If you are using someone else’s words, transform them and develop new ideas. What comes across is that Melania Trump wasn’t given enough guidance and support to be able to put her own opinion and character into her speech. It’s a lesson in plagiarism: don’t parrot something without questioning and citing where those words come from originally.

For more help with using others’ words and ideas, there is a new edition of ‘Cite Them Right’ is available soon.

FBooks About Chinaebruary is Chinese New Year and this year is the Year of the Monkey. If you’re in London there’s a special celebration with a parade from Charing Cross Road to Shaftesbury Avenue and lions in China Town. Plus there’s entertainment in Shaftesbury Avenue and on Trafalgar Square. Find the timings on the Mayor of London/London Assembly Chinese New Year 2016 page.

Do you know which Chinese year it was when you were born? The Travel China Guide will help you find it.

Check out some of the material we have for you to borrow about China. If English is not your first language then Patrick Catel’s China gives you a good overview of the culture, politics, history, environment and wildlife of the country.

If you’re interested in art then Chinese Art in Detail by Carol Michelson and Jane Portal may be of interest.

We’ve also got a of biography about China:

Falling Leaves Return to their Roots: the True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah

Or how about some fiction? We have these to tempt you:

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (which we’ve also got on DVD)

Everything I Never Told You  by Celeste Ng

 

Political women biographiesYou may have caught BBC2’s Hillary Clinton: the Power of Women which was broadcast on 25 March 2015. The programme looked at whether women’s situation in society has changed since Clinton made a speech expressing womens rights are a human right. Their rights are seen through the eyes of three other powerful women; former United States Secretary of States Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Condolezza Rice as well as women in Afghanistan, Egypt, India and Liberia who have tried to make the changes.

If you’d like to find out more about Hillary Clinton we have these biographies in our Learning Resources Centre:

A Woman in Charge: the Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Carl Bernstein

Hillary Clinton by Michael Burgan (easy read)

If you’re interested in more on women politicians take a look at :

Momentum: the Struggle for Peace, Politics and the People by Mo Mowlam

Everybody Matters: a Memoir by Mary Robinson

Baroness Scotland of Asthal by Sue Adler (easy read)

Dilma Rousseff by Catherine Chambers (easy read)

The Lady and the Peacock: the Life of Aung San Suu Kyi by Peter Popham

Angela Merkel by Claire Throp (easy read)

 

Votes for Women materialToday 25 February a new series starts on BBC2 called Suffragettes, For Ever! The Story of Women and Power. It’s a 3-part series looking at the beginnings of the suffragette movement fighting for women’s rights to vote going right up to the battles of the twentieth century for equality.

To chart the history Amanda Vickery looks at women’s legal rights from the eighteenth century before the suffragettes began. You can catch clips of episode 1 on the BBC Two Suffragettes For Ever! The Story of Women and Power Episode 1 page.

Our Access to Humanities and Social Science students have just finished studying the suffragette movement. Here’s an embedded search to our library catalogue to find out what we have on the suffragettes. It includes ebooks, TV recordings, DVDs and websites Or you can take a look at what we hold on women and equality.

We have been updating the VLE calendar and the YELLOW FOLDER with events going on next month. It is fun to find out all the exciting things you can do – often for only a tenner or for free!

It’s International Women’s Day on the 8th March so there are lots of cultural events going on to celebrate and support women.

The Southbank Centre has a whole host of great speakers and guests, performances and comedy shows as part of the WoW Festival. It stands for Women of the World – and the whole world wants to be there! I am particularly interested in the debate on What will the next government do for women? It’s on at 7.45 on Monday 2nd March. I now need to book a couple of tickets before you all jump on it! You can follow all the action on Twitter or Facebook searching the hashtag .

The Museum of London Docklands is also putting on a family weekend event on the Saturday 7th March. Rich Mix in the East End has a poetry reading on 6th March – but don’t yawn – it sounds like it will be a really exciting and unusual take on poetry. It is run by Scottee who, according to the website plumpf, “a dyslexic who thinks poems should rhyme.” Intriguing!

If there are any events going on in the nearby area to Surbiton I will be on the lookout, but please let us know of anything that might appeal to the wonderful women of Hillcroft.

Revolutionary Lives book coversThis autumn we’ve added two new autobiographies of famous female suffragettes to our collection which are part of Pluto Press’s series on Revolutionary Lives. They focus on Sylvia Pankhurst, daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, and Ellen Wilkinson Both of these are relevant to our Access to Higher Education (HE) Humanities and Social Science students who study female emancipation as part of their history course. We’ve also bought a copy of Molly Housego’s book:

The Women’s Suffrage Movement

which is a colourful easy read to the fight for women’s voting rights.

We’ve also been adding a range of books on sporting women to our biographies collection. These include:

My Life: Queen of the Court by Daniel Paisner and Serena Williams

Serena and Venus Williams: Tennis Stars by Gregory N. Peters

Maria Sharapova by Jeff Savage

Game, Set and Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women’s Sports by Susan Ware

Sporting women book covers

 


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