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Solent University – Public Lecture

October 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

“Is Anti-Racism an outdated concept in society today – what role does music play in building cohesive communities?”

About this Event

As part of our Insight series and Black History Month, we will be exploring how Southampton’s cultural scene has evolved in reflection to today’s society and how the role of music can play in the future of building a more culturally cohesive city.

Join us as Don John, Black History Month South’s Founder chairs this exciting lecture with a discussion on how popular music has played a crucial role in building Southampton to be a culturally cohesive city. We will also reflect on how society’s response to racism is affected by its interpretation of anti-racism and how popular music sometimes reflects our emotions. In reflection to this, Solent University’s Martin James, professor of Creative & Cultural Industries will explore what the role of music can play in the future building a culturally cohesive community, whilst exploring current trends and suggesting new ideas.

Ivan from the Ebony Rockers – one of Southampton’s most influential reggae groups, known for their 1979 smash hit ‘Human Jungle’, will provide an insight to their story and experience of growing up in Southampton during the panel discussion. Recently reunited at Solent University to re-record this smash hit, Ivan will be providing us with a solo version of the civil rights Sam Cooke classic ‘A Change is Gonna Come”.

To conclude, this evening will explore stories and experiences from living and growing up in Southampton, whilst exploring the future with a Q&A panel discussion with Don, Martin and Ivan. Please submit your topic themes when you register to attend.


5pm: Open, registration and light refreshments.

5.30pm: Welcome and opening from.

5.45pm: Lecture

5.45 – 6.05pm: Don John.

6.05 – 6.25pm: Professor Martin James, School of Media, Arts and Technology.

6.25 – 6.40pm: Ivan – Ebony Rockers performance.

6.45pm: Q&A panel.

7.15pm: Networking.

7.30pm: End / Making a different in Southampton – launching our Civic Charter ** (separate event).

** After this public lecture, we will be launching Solent University’s Civic Charter, outlining our commitments to Southampton for 2019/20 academic year and beyond. As well as providing an opportunity to celebrate our new Civic Charter, you will also have the chance to network with others. You can find out more and book your place onto this event here.


Solent University


The Spark
The Spark Atrium
East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 0LY United Kingdom
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