Wednesday Film Nights

The weekly film night continues every Wednesday evening during the holiday. Last Wednesday’s film was The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug starting at 8pm. 
If you have any suggestions for films, please comment on the thread in the MCR facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/414675098642908/
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Dept. of English Studies Easter Lecture Day

A Castle MCR member is organising a lecture day for the English Department on Sat 3rd May, which entails current postgraduate students delivering lectures on the core BA English Lit modules, with the aim of offering fresh, rigorous interrogations of the texts and theories with which undergraduates will be engaging in their upcoming exams.
All postgraduates are welcome to attend.

Lectures will be 40-45 mins long, with an opportunity for attendees to provide feedback. More details can be found in the attached flyers, and contact Laura McKenzie (laura.mckenzie@durham.ac.uk) with any questions.

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CHESS Seminar Series in Human Security and Safety: Marie-Hélène Labbé (Member of the IISS)

Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) | Durham University

 Marie-Hélène Labbé
Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies
 
Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq as a pretext/reason for the US-British intervention in Iraq in March 2003
 
Thursday 1 May 2014 at 5pm
Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study  
 
On March 20th 2003, U.S. and British troops invaded Iraq on the grounds that Saddam Hussein, in contravention of his United Nations commitments and despite international inspections carried out on Iraqi territory, had resumed his WMD programme, with the potential to pose a serious threat to the region or even the world. However, following the overthrow of Saddam, not a single WMD was found, sparking anger and outrage in the countries involved in the intervention, and in the UK in particular. How could such a mistake have been made? Had there been an intelligence failure? Or was it the result of manipulation of the intelligence services by the political authorities, keen to find support for a decision that had already been made? Were the politicians involved reckless, or did they lie? Many questions still remain unanswered pending the conclusions of the Chilcot report, which will hopefully be released by the end of 2014.
 
All welcome and refreshments provided
 
Please contact the Centre Administrator to confirm attendance at admin.chess@durham.ac.uk
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Workshop on Ethnographic Filmmaking

Workshop on Ethnographic Filmmaking
Lake District, 30 May – 2 June 2014
Durham University’s Residential Workshop on Ethnographic Filmmaking will take place in the Lake District from 30 May to 2 June 2014. Organised by the Department of Anthropology and financially supported by Arts and Humanities Research Council, the workshop aims to introduce the history, theory and practice of ethnographic film to Durham University-based postgraduate researchers of anthropology and AHRC-related disciplines who are interested in ethnographic research and audio-visual media.
In an intensive 4-day practical and theoretical training, participants will get acquainted with key concepts of ethnographic film language. They will gain understanding and basic skills in various audio-visual techniques for ethnographic filmmaking and develop confidence in using the medium of film for research purposes regardless of limited financial and technical resources.
The main emphasis of the training will be placed on creating short ethnographic films in a small group setting following established practices of film production. The practical challenge will be preceded by a series of introductory sessions that will focus on the history and theory of ethnographic film language as well as the basics of handling audio-visual equipment and journalism.
Meals, accommodation and transportation will be covered for all selected participants.
If you are interested in participating, please read the open call and fill in the online application form by Friday, 25 April 2014.
For any additional information contact Dr Alex Flynn or Pina Sadar
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DVDs and Pool over the Easter holidays

The MCR has the collection of DVDs from the Buttery over the holiday. If you would like to borrow a DVD please contact a member of the exec. The DVD collection currently resides with Ollie Bartlett.
Also, the MCR has paid for the pool table to be put on free play over the holidays. Please take advantage of this! :)

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Sunday Brunch at Castle

The Castle MCR is happy to invite all those who are looking for some Sunday late morning relaxation to their Castle Sunday Brunch this Sunday from 11am. We will be serving bagels, cream cheese and marmalade, salmon, fruits and juices. Brunch will be £3 per person.
If you want to come, please follow the link to the events page on facebook and click attend so that we have a rough estimate of numbers: https://www.facebook.com/events/1438342106403683/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
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Day Trip to the Lake District

Cuth’s Postgraduate Committee have organised a day trip out of Durham next Tuesday 8th April to the Lake District, and the cost is only £10 per person. The coach will leave Durham with a stop in Barnard Castle for coffee and/or a look around and then travel west to the Lake District. The exact destination will depend for now on the weather, but will probably be Lake Ullswater or Windemere. There will be a chance to look around and go for a walk, and there will be local pubs and cafes to get a late lunch. 
So if you need a break from work and the Durham bubble, fancy some fresh air, lakes and mountain views, then please sign up. If you’re an International student and have not had a chance to explore outside of Durham, then this is a great opportunity and very affordable.
Places are limited, however, so to secure your place, please book and pay Cuthbert’s reception or email cuthberts.reception@durham.ac.uk by Friday 4th April.
If you require any further information, please either get in touch with Harry at cuthberts.jcr-postgrad@durham.ac.uk or our Assistant Senior Tutor, Barbara Harrison on barbara.harrison@durham.ac.uk
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World Heritage Site survey

I am a current Postgraduate in the Department of Archaeology (and member of Trevelyan College) studying International Cultural Heritage Management. As part of a project sponsored by the Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, we would like to assess and promote the engagement of Durham postgraduate students with the World Heritage site by sending out an online survey to all Durham postgraduate students.
We want to invite the Postgraduates in Trevelyan College to participate in this survey, in hopes of finding out how the Durham postgraduate community engages with the Durham World Heritage Site and hopefully find ways to improve it. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and 3 respondents will receive a £25 Amazon Gift Card for completing the survey. 
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Yearbook submissions – deadline Friday 11th April

Thank you to those who have already sent a blurb and photo to the Yearbook. For those who haven’t, we are still accepting submissions and would love it if as many MCR members as possible sent something in!

Please send in a profile (head and shoulders) of yourself which you would like to appear in the yearbook and a short blurb (maximum 130 words) about you and your time at Trevs.

Ideas of what to include:

-          Your degree

-          Sports/societies/events you have been involved with

-          Your best memories

-          Plans for the future

-          Funniest moments

Please send this to mcryearbook2014@gmail.com Thank you!

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Durham Students’ Union awards

Our annual awards evening recognises and celebrates students and staff who have made a significant contribution to the student experience at Durham University. Taking place on the 25 June at 18:30, on Palace Green, they are the only awards in Durham chosen by students. Recommend a person or a group for an award now, and purchase your tickets here.

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