Northumbria University 'Be the Change’ United Nations’ International Day of Peace celebrations

Saturday, 21 September, 2019 - 11:00 to 16:00
Northumbria University, City Campus, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST


The U.N. International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is a globally shared date for all people and countries to contribute to building a culture of peace. It was established in 1981 by a unanimous UN resolution.

Northumbria University is supporting Peace Day with an initiative called “Be the Change” it is an opportunity to participate in a programme of inspirational events - including a live stage performance, a film screening, and  interactive discussions where researchers share their insights from across the world.

All the events are free and easily accessible at the University’s city-centre campus.

The Events at Northumbria include:

  • 11am – 1pm - A special screening of the award-winning film Sanctuary, a film highlighting Section 5 of the Irish Criminal Law Act 1993, which prohibited sexual relationships between people with intellectual disabilities and influenced a change in the law. It is directed by Northumbria academic and screenwriter Len Collins, known for working on TV shows such as The Bill, EastEnders, London’s Burning and Holby City. Len will be holding a question and answer session following the film
  • 11am – 12 Noon - Professor Matt Baillie Smith, an expert on volunteering, activism and civil society and Director of Northumbria’s Centre for International Development, will facilitate, with colleagues, an interactive discussion on international volunteering and activism. Working with the United Nations and the International Societies of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the Centre’s work has changed the way volunteers operate in disaster zones across the globe
  • 12.30pm – 1.30pm - Human Geographer Inga Freimane will ask: “Where is War Located?” in a thought-provoking talk exploring activists’ experiences of war in Ukraine, how conflict spills over into everyday life, and how the lines between peace and war are blurred. Inga will be holding a question and answer session after her talk
  • 2pm – 4pm - Associate Professor Jane Arnfield will give a performance of The Tin Ring, the story of Holocaust survivor Zdenka Fantlová - a Czech-Jewish woman who fell in love at the age of 18 but whose life was changed forever when her country was invaded by the Nazis. While in the ghetto of Terezín, her soulmate, Arno, gave her a ring made from tin as a token of his love. Jane will be holding a question and answer session following the performance

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