Primary Sauce: Semester Two

Exams are over and semester two is well underway. Here’s a Primary Sauce update to give you an idea of what HistSoc has got lined up for you this term, as well as an update on some key academic events that are happening soon.

To kick things off we’ll be having our second Give It A Go Pub Quiz on Monday 6th February. We promise that this time there will be chairs and to mix it up a bit the questions may be a little different from your traditional pub quiz. The Pub Quiz is free, but if you’ve got any spare change bring it along as we’ll be collecting some donations for Shelter. (Check out more about their work here).

untitledThen on Saturday 11th, those lucky ticket holders out there are going to be whisked away on our Secret Social. Sadly I can’t give much more info than this because, as the name suggests, the details of this social are top secret. Also this term, HistSoc will be taking part in LUU’s World Unite Festival this year with a film screening of the very historical film, Bridge of Spies. Everyone is welcome to come along to this relaxed evening where free snacks will be provided.

Best of all this semester, our international trip to Berlin is fast approaching. It’s all been organised by our wonderful Trip Sec Hannah, with a great hostel and even greater nights out lined up for us in Germany.

Could you be on the next HistSoc committee?


Old and new committee together at HistFest 2016

Second semester means even more amazing events for our members, but also means we have to start the search for next year’s History Society committee. Keep an eye on the Sunday emails and our social media for updates on everything you need to know and events you need to attend if this sparks your interest. Look out for my next post explaining the 10 different committee roles!


Upcoming Academic Events

Talk on ‘Secrets of the Ōoku, the Shogun’s ‘Harem’: Life in the Women’s Palace in 19th Century Japan’ by Lesley Downer

  • Anyone interested in Japanese history and culture should definitely attend this forum on 1st February 5pm, Baines Wing 2.10

Debate: What Has The Human Rights Act Ever Done For Us?

  • Hosted by Amnesty International Society, everyone is welcome to this interesting and crucially important debate on 1st February  6-8pm, Business School’s Western Lecture Theatre (G.01)

Lunchtime Talk: Drowning and resuscitation in eighteenth-century Europe: the rise and fall of the tobacco smoke enema by Alex Bamji

  • This talk is on Friday 3 February 1-2pm, in the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court. Make sure to book your free place:  Alex Bamji has highlighted that it will be particularly relevant for the HIST2220 and HIST3382 modules.

School of History Public Lecture: ‘Living I was your plague; Dead I will be your death, O Pope’: Luther and Antipapalism by Professor Lyndal Roper

  • This lecture will be on Wednesday 8th February, 5:30-7pm in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre. “Professor Roper is one of the most groundbreaking historians in the UK today. She is Regius Professor of History at the University of Oxford and has published widely on early modern witchcraft and the Reformation; her most recent book is Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet (2016). She is a lively and engaging speaker and this event is not to be missed!”

Visit from Sir David Warren (former UK Ambassador to Japan)

  • On the 22nd February Sir David Warren will be visiting Leeds and giving a  lecture  on his view of UK-Japan relations, both historically and in a post-Brexit world.Find this talk in the Nathan Boddington room (the Senate Chamber) in Parkinson Building level 1, from 5.15pm. Also keep your eyes peeled on a careers event that HistSoc will be organising with some other societies about careers in the Foreign Office.

Top tip: Always keep an eye out for posters around the History foyer or outside your tutor’s office for info on lectures and other events that might be relevant to your modules

Make sure you check out some of the great work by other students on History Student Times!

Chloe Sparks, Academic Sec


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