Students Staff

01 February 2011

Café discussion to explore equality and diversity

Colchester Campus

International LGBT activist Clare Dimyon MBE will be leading a discussion as part of the University of Essex’s Twilight Zone Café series on Monday 7 February.

Clare Dimyon was awarded an MBE in 2010 for her ‘services to promoting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Central and Eastern Europe.’ She is the founder of PRIDE Solidarity and has visited countries around Europe to encourage and support LGBT events.

Her talk will be the fourth in the current café series which aims to explore the untold stories of the Holocaust, genocides, discrimination, persecution and marginalisation. Clare will be discussing the development of equality and diversity since the Holocaust on Monday 7 February.

The Twilight Zone Cafes are hosted by the University’s Department of History and build on the successful Twilight Zone Café series held in October 2009. Set in the informal surroundings of the Minories Café, members of the audience will have the chance to offer their views and comment on the issues raised.

The Café series continues after Clare’s talk with Marina Warner, writer and Professor of Creative Writing at the University, exploring ‘Poetry and violence: Can literature help? on Monday 14 February, and concludes on Monday 21 February with Richard Cornes, from the School of Law, asking if love, in the eyes of the law, is equal – and if it matters?

All sessions run from 6.30 to 8.30pm and take place in the Minories Bistro @ The Minories Art Gallery, 74 High Street, Colchester. All events are free, but seating is limited, so please book your place in advance, telephone: 01206 872303.

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