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While we remain in some form of lockdown or other, it may be tempting to learn a new skill or educate ourselves by hearing from diverse voices (in between home-schooling/working and despairing at the state of the world, of course).

Newcastle University’s INSIGHTS series of lectures can always be relied upon to tackle topical subjects in an accessible and insightful manner, and this year’s virtual lectures are no different. Kicking off on Tuesday 9th February with a highly relevant discussion from Dr Sophia Gaston, director of British Foreign Policy Group, which ponders whether President Biden’s term as US president will be a clean slate, a correction to the norm or ‘more of the same’. Continuing every Tuesday and Thursday until 20th May (with a brief gap in April), further lectures will focus on a range of topics including LGBTQ+ literature (Is The Gay Novel Dead, with journalist and author Paul Burston on Thursday 11th February); how the pandemic will change capitalism (with economist and author Grace Blakeley on Thursday 18th February); the crucial roles of the arts and humanities in the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’ (Thursday 25th February); writer and director Marc Jobst ponders the job of directing character-led action films (Thursday 11th March); director of Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) Iman Atta OBE discusses the increasing problem of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crime (Thursday 18th March); Prof. Helen Carr looks at the unsettled history of Britain and Europe (Tuesday 23rd March); author and activist Zion Lights explains why geographers need to stand up for the planet (Tuesday 27th April); writer and journalist Patrice Lawrence gives a speedy A-Z run-down of being a Black British children’s writer in a publishing industry still working on diversity (Tuesday 11th May); and to end the series, Prof. Joan Beal outlines the history of accent prejudice in Britain and discusses why it’s still a problem in the 21st Century.

All lectures are free to attend and start at 5.30pm via the Newcastle University website.

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