Global Book Club, World at Lunch, Gown meets Town and Devon Globe Trotters.

Every Thursday lunchtime, we share thoughts on what’s happening in the world ... often based on relevant magazine or newspaper articles.

While this is not possible physically we meeting virtually via Zoom - if you would like to join us please email for details.

Monday 23 Nov 2020, 18:30

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Telling our Stories, Finding our Roots - Monday 23rd November 2020, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Join us to hear from specialist researchers about the Polish Naval Camp and Resettlement Centre: an important part of Okehampton’s WWII history.

To register for this event, please email The Zoom meeting link and joining instructions will be shared the day before the event.

Thursday 26 Nov 2020, 18:00

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World at Six Talk 6pm

Although period poverty is a universal issue, the impact is particularly devastating when you are a girl living in a poor area of Kenya. The only way out of poverty is through education and if this is threatened because you can't attend school, you are at a high risk of sexual abuse, child marriage and early pregnancy. Therefore, monthly access to sanitary pads is vital for your life chances.

Gilly Sowden will talk about these challenges and how her charity is working to provide sanitary pads to keep girls in education and support business opportunities for women.

Gilly is a Trustee of the charity Friends of Buburi that supports girls and women in Western Kenya through their Power of Pads project.

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Thursday 10 Dec 2020, 18:00

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Gown meets Town 6pm

In this talk, Jo Hynes, a PhD candidate at the University of Exeter, will explore the current state of immigration detention in the UK.

Immigration detention is a form of administrative detention for migrants and asylum seekers which invokes neither a time limit nor judicial oversight. Drawing on her research, Jo will explore some of the challenges people face in detention, in particular, their interactions with the justice system.

There is cause for tentative hope, however, as the number of detainees in the UK appears to be declining. The impact of the pandemic in particular significantly reduced the number of people in detention from 1,637 at the end of December 2019 to 313 in May 2020. Jo asks will immigration detention ever get back up to its pre-pandemic levels and what challenges lie ahead.

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Monday 14 Dec 2020, 18:00

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Global Book Club - Monday 14th December 6pm

We will discuss Invisible Women - Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez

Discover the shocking gender bias that affects our everyday lives.

From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, and the media. Invisible Women reveals how in a world built for and by men we are systematically ignoring half of the population, often with disastrous consequences.

Caroline Criado Perez brings together for the first time an impressive range of case studies, stories and new research from across the world that illustrate the hidden ways in which women are forgotten, and the profound impact this has on us all

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Celebrating Black History Month in Devon: Start the Week Talks

Telling Our Stories - Finding Our Roots:Devon’s Multi-Cultural History Monday 5th October 2020  

Celebrating Windrush in Devon:Our Windrush Stories Monday 12th October 2020

Is there still a place for Black History Month? Monday 19th October 2020  

Black Futures: A discussion about taking action and campaigning for change Monday 26th October 2020

World at Six Talks

Fridays for Futures - Green New Deal  - Thursday 22nd October 2020

Sustainable Beekeeping in Africa - Thursday 12th November 2020

These are the unedited recordings of the Zoom sessions