The University will be putting on two Wednesday lunchtime lectures this month in the Eleanor Rathbone Building’s Hearnshaw Lecture Theatre. Both events will be held from 1pm to 2pm, and you can confirm a place by emailing

Wednesday 10th October: “Poetry not Prozac: Depression and the Reading Revolution”

Professor Philip Davis and Dr Josie Billington from the Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Systems will argue that reading serious literature, often in those very areas that may cause depression, can offer something that drugs or therapeutic self-help manuals cannot.

This event is supported by the Disabled Staff Network and is part of World Mental Health Day events.

Wednesday 17 October: “A Suitable Enemy; racism, migration and Islamophobia in Europe”

Liz Fekete (Executive Director of the Institute of Race Relations and Head of its European Research Programme) will talk about her book A Suitable Enemy which draws on sixteen years of research.

She will present a comprehensive overview of EU immigration, asylum, race and security policies and will explore the way in which anti-terrorist legislation has been used to evict undesirable migrants, how deportation policies commodify and de-humanise the most vulnerable and how these go hand in hand with evolving forms of racism, particularly Islamophobia.

This event is organised by the BAME Staff Network and is part of Black History Month.