Lecture to mark 90th anniversary of Black History Month

A free public lecture will be held at the University of Wolverhampton to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Black History Month. 

Guest speaker Dr Peter D’Sena, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research in London, will discuss current debates surrounding Black History Month on Wednesday, 26 October 2016.

Dr D’Sena’s grandfather originally came from Bengal in India and was an indentured labourer in Trinidad in the Caribbean.

The event, from 5pm, will take place in MH002 in the Mary Seacole Building at City Campus Molineux.

Dr Richard Hawkins, Reader in History, said: “This year sees the 90th anniversary of Carter G. Woodson’s original idea for an annual event to celebrate and support black history in American public schools, but increasingly there has been debate and disagreement about the role and relevance of what we now call Black History Month.

“This talk will explore these debates and suggest how some recent work might take teaching, learning and, more generally, understanding, in black history forward.” 

Dr Peter D’Sena is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London and a Lecturer in History at the University of Hertfordshire.

In his previous role as Discipline Lead for History at the Higher Education Academy, he co-ordinated and led UK-wide initiatives, projects and publications on teaching and learning in history across the university sector.

Peter's own research and publications have embraced work on crime in eighteenth-century London, cultural diversity and the global dimension in history education, and the Brown Atlantic.

The free lecture is open to the public. Places are limited, so please book by email: Joshua Barnett at j.barnett@wlv.ac.uk

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Date Issued: Thursday, 20 October 2016

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