Tuesday 30 November 2010
Monday 29 November 2010
Remember, we want bread, but we want roses, too.
Talks will include:
Robert Spencer - Globalisation and the University
Carolyn Broomhead - Mary Wollstonecraft: A Vindication of the Rights of Student(s)
Jerome de Groot - History of English Radical Politics - Levellers, Diggers, Ranters, Regicides
David Alderson - Marxism/ Queer tbc
Mike Sanders - Education and Class in the C19th
Sunday 28 November 2010
The launch night is on the search for performers. There are two parts which you might be interested in:
The Scratch Evening: This is a place where ideas at any stage of development can be shown to a receptive audience, you could even just read something you found interesting and want to discuss. You will be given ten minutes, to pitch, perform or do what you feel, before having the option to open to the floor to the audience, who will duly give feedback. It is open to anything however developed or formative, informality is essential.
Launch Night: Following the first scratch evening, there will be a presentation of mixed performance that will hopefully take place in every nook and cranny of the venue that we inhabit for the evening. We are looking for perhaps: dance, physical theatre, spoken word, storytelling, dance poetry, circus skills, cabaret, theatre, live/performance art, ideas for installations, bands, music, beatboxing, audio performance, mixed media performance, stand up comedy, film, acting, clowning and anything else involving an object in front of an audience. If you can do any of these things (or anything else) or even have an idea, e-mail us and you could perhaps be called on for this or the next Skrap!
If you are interested in performing in either part of the night or involved and helping out, then e-mail:
Supported by the UCU and the NUS:
Saturday 27 November 2010
The 2010 Studio Production
Composed by Michael Mayhew in collaboration with 3rd Year Students / Drama
2nd December ~ 1900hrs
All Tickets for the Evening Performance are to be
collected from the Martin Harris Centre Main Office.
First Come First Serve.
Durational Performances ~ 31st December ~ 12:00hrs to 18:00hrs
1st December ~ 1400hrs to 1700hrs
2nd December ~ 1400hrs to 1700hrs
Urban Flotsam is a geographical orchestration of a city and of lives, using the intimate narratives of 11 performers.
These stories based on true moments of time and place have been retraced and weaved through the streets of the City of Manchester, within a process of re-mapping the city with intimacy.
Memories re-invent place, time and landscape.
Whilst travelling through the urban networks we have gathered and collected the debris and wreckage that the urban landscape produces.
The driftwood of lives washed up around us has become our material to produce Urban Flotsam.
Urban Flotsam is a multi-disciplinary performance event that offers a multiple variations of engagement, from the durational to the traditional framing of time within performance to the taking of walks through to the generation of new maps of intimacy, to international participation.
For more information log on ~ www.urbanflotsam.co.uk
Join the live streaming of Urban Flotsam on 1st & 2nd December
Third Year students have worked with John Thaw Fellow, Michael Mayhew for a 10-week period, engaging with a process that is cited as 'provocative, and challenging, it moves and changes people's lives' it's important, significant, and influential.'
Lois Keidan, Director, Live Art Development Agency.
Mayhew is also cited as 'One of the most original and searching artists currently working in the UK.'
John E McGrath, Director, National Theatre of Wales.
Friday 26 November 2010
Thursday 25 November 2010
Occupations across the UK:
Events in the occupied Roscoe Building, Friday 25 Nov:
Information about action on Tuesday :
Wednesday 8 December, 5.15pm, 5th floor, Crawford House, Booth Street East (above the careers service)
On Wed 8 Dec at 5.15pm, Debbie Oates, Coronation Street writer will be talking at a University of Manchester Media Club event about what it’s like to write for the UK’s most successful television soap. She will also draw on her experience of writing for hit series such as Fat Friends, Robin Hood, Primeval, Brookside and many more. Debbie’s successful career includes writing for television, radio and the theatre. She has a degree in English and Drama from Bristol University and a Phd in Women’s Studies from the University of Manchester.
If you are interested in television, radio or the theatre, this is your chance to hear from an established writer and learn how they work with producers and directors.
You will also hear from Jo Combes, of the BBC Writers Room initiative about the Writers Room Future Talent Award and other initiatives.
To register to attend this free event, email Miriam.firstname.lastname@example.org giving your contact details.
Wednesday 24 November 2010
Tuesday 23 November 2010
Monday 22 November 2010
Following the hugely successful national NUS/UCU demonstration on 10th November, which saw over 50, 000 people march on the streets of London to protest against education cuts (see http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=4779), University of Manchester Students' Union have called a demonstration in Manchester to coincide with the National Day of Action on Wednesday 24th November.
The protest will assemble at 12pm outside University Place and will be followed by a march via MMU to the Town Hall.
UMUCU Executive Committee
Sunday 21 November 2010
Please help us put pressure on them so that they vote against a rise in tuition fees by sending them an email. The template email is in this Facebook group or pasted below. :
Details can be found here: http://www.writetothem.com/
Dear (Insert name) MP,
I have recently taken part in the UCU/NUS national demonstration to defend further and higher education against cuts and fees, and to protect our future.
I believe that the cuts to education, imposed by the new coalition government will have detrimental effect on current students, prospective students and communities as universities begin to withdraw services in order to balance their budgets. The removal of the Education Maintenance Allowance will have a massively negative effect on further education students and when we add to that the coalition
Governments plan to raise University tuition fees to £6-9k with the removal of state funding for all but STEM subjects I am concerned that students will be expected to pay more money for their university education and, in return, receive a poorer student experience.
The result of this Government’s action will be to shut out many of our young people from education.
We are already starting to see effects at such as:
• Course, module and campus closures
• Staff redundancies, both academic and support staff
• Less money available for student support
• Merged classes: therefore less tailored teaching and one-to-one support.
• Fewer resources: this could mean fewer books in the library, or fewer materials for students and the cost of buying materials could therefore fall to the individual student.
• Cuts to Basic Skills and ESOL provision
Countries around the world value their education systems and are working hard to attract oversees students. Cuts to higher education means that countries such as China and India will start to attract both international and domestic students taking much needed money from the system, therefore lowering the funding and standards of the UK higher education system.
Universities and colleges are also large employers in the community and contribute a huge amount of money to the local economy. Cuts to education will result in a rise in local unemployment and a reduction in the amount the institution contributes locally.
I look forward to hearing your response to these issues and ask that you do all that you can as my representative in Parliament to stop these attacks on education and fight to preserve, and fund our future.
Thursday 18 November 2010
You will be receiving your essays back in class from now on. Please do seek out your seminar leaders in their office hours to discuss written feedback. Remember to use your feedback to improve your work - be it written, in seminar, or in the library - in the future.
Wednesday 17 November 2010
In The Poetry Centre, now Room A4, ground floor
EAS Student Representatives 10/11
Christine Homer email@example.com
Talitha Colchester firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph White (EL) Joseph.Whiteemail@example.com
Sarah Moran (EL) Sarah.Moranfirstname.lastname@example.org
Clare Evans (EL) Clare.Evansemail@example.com
Charukie.Dharmaratne (?) Charukie.Dharmaratne@student.manchester.ac.uk
Rachel Gledhill (El) Rachel.Gledhill@student.manchester.ac.uk
Rosie. Rees-Bann (EL) Rosie.Rees-Bann@student.manchester.ac.uk
Rosemary Glynn (MA GSC) firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Howat (MA Cont Lit) email@example.com
Catherine Johnson (MA American Studies) firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 16 November 2010
4pm Tuesday 16 November, Mansfield Cooper 2.04
Our recent graduate Evan Jones and poet/editor Todd Swift will be discussing their new anthology of Canadian poetry. There is a free poetry reading at the Burgess Centre following this event.
4pm Wednesday 17 November, Poetry Centre
Christine Ferguson (Glasgow) will be speaking about 'Determined Spirits: Spiritualism, Heredity and the Natural History of the Medium'.
World AIDS Day 2010 – we need your help! World AIDS Day is an international day of action to raise awareness about HIV and challenge stigma.
It's a great opportunity to get involved and make a difference – whether that’s through fundraising, campaigning, or wearing a red ribbon.Manchester World AIDS Day Partnership h...as lots of activities that we need your support with, including:· Helping with street collections in Manchester· Selling candles and collecting donations at the Vigil on World AIDS Day· Taking a collecting tin/red ribbons into your school, college, workplace or to local business.To get involved, sign up at:
Thank you for your support
Manchester World AIDS Day Partnership
Friday 12 November 2010
Tuesday 9 November 2010
Monday 8 November 2010
1.10-1.40, Rutherford Lecture Theatre, Schuster Building. All Welcome.
Saturday 6 November 2010
Friday 5 November 2010
Tuesday 2 November 2010
In September I read Richard Wright’s Native Son which tells the story of Bigger Thomas’s murders, rapes and subsequent trial in Chicago in the early twentieth century. Wright states in his introduction that in writing Native Son he hoped to illustrate the everyday discrimination and poverty faced by African Americans in a narrative that 'would be so hard and deep' that the white audience would 'have to face it without the consolation of tears'. 80 years after its publication Wright’s novel is still an uncomfortable and at times shocking read, possibly more so as many of the themes and frustrations raised in the novel are still relevant and manifest themselves in modern explorations of the African American experience such as The Wire.
This semester I have also been reading Milton’s Paradise Lost as part of the Thursday reading group. Although confusing to follow (particularly as I have no basic knowledge of the Bible) each week I find I am able to understand more and follow the subsequent discussion. I particularly found our reading of Book 4 interesting as I could see Milton’s direct influence on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein which I studied in Year 1. However, whether my enthusiasm for Milton will last remains to be seen as the epic charity reading in December may prove to be overkill...
Monday 1 November 2010