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Speaker ill - Replaced by film

Description: Unfortunately tonight’s speaker, Anna Feigenbaum has flu so this evening’s lecture has been cancelled. She has offered to speak instead sometime next year. It is particularly unfortunate as it is Human Rights Day and the talk was to be an important part of the successful Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival organised by Ambrose Musiyiwa.

Instead we will show our documentary film about Leicester Secular Society during the early wars of the 20th century. A few of you may have already seen it but we hope those who have not will be able to support this event.

‘I learned a great deal, about Leicester of course and also about issues of conscience and how people dealt with these at different challenging times……watching the film kind of made me a tiny bit more hopeful in these terrible times’ J.B.

‘I went expecting to be instructed, but found myself shocked, amused and moved’ J.W.


Original text:

Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (4~10 Dec - https://en-gb.facebook.com/HRAFFL/ ).

Anna Feigenbaum: 100 Years of Tear Gas, Policing with Poison & Its Implications

Anna Feigenbaum is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University.

In this century-spanning introduction to tear gas and human rights, Dr. Anna shows how policing with poison came to be - and why it matters for human rights around the world.


On Human Rights Day 2017, Dr Anna Feigenbaum explores how tear gas came about, the uses it has been put to over the past 100 years, the uses it is being being put to now and its implications on human rights. The talk is hosted by the Leicester Secular Society in association with the Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.

Dr Anna Feigenbaum is a Principal Academic in Digital Storytelling in the department of Journalism, English and Communication at Bournemouth University and is the author of "Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of WW1 to the Streets of Today" (Verso, 2017). She has also co-edited books that include "Protest camps in international context: Spaces, infrastructures and media of resistance" (Policy Press, 2017) and "Protest Camps" (Zed, 2013).

Leicester Secular Society claims to be the world's longest running Secular Society. We host public lectures that are free and open to all. Past speakers at these lectures have included George Bernard Shaw, Bertrand Russell, Tony Benn and Annie Besant.

The Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival is now in its fourth consecutive year. The festival runs from December 4 through to December 10. By hosting a series of events that are free and open to all, the festival aims to draw attention to human rights issues at home and abroad as well as draw attention to International Human Rights Day which is celebrated annually, across the world, on December 10.

*See also:
● Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival 2017, Draft programme http://bit.ly/2xhit3o

All welcome - admission free - donations welcome

Location: Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB
Date: Sunday, 10 December 2017
Time: 18:30 GMT
Access: Public
Category: LSS/joint public event - Secular Hall*
Created by: Public Access ( by LSS editor )
Updated: Sunday, 10 December 2017 12:16 GMT
Attachments: None

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