RISC organises a variety of events and exhibitions on global issues to increase public understanding of the economic, political social and environmental forces, which shape all our lives. We create a platform of speakers from the Majority World (Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America), organise workshops, feasts, films and meetings that inform people about how we can take action to create a more just, equal and sustainable world.
The national GTA promotes skills, confidence and practical approaches to incorporate global learning into the curriculum, and active global citizenship into the school. Endorsed by Oxfam and now approved by the British Council for delivery within its Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning, this 6 hour Intermediate course for the Global Teacher Award is currently offered across the country free to teachers of all phases and all subjects. To achieve Level 1 certification, teachers implement and reflect on an activity in school.
Wed 20th March 2019
world film club: aquarius
Dir: Kleber Mendonça Filho (Neighbouring Sounds, Green Vinyl) Winner: Nominee, Palme d’Or, Cannes FIlm Festival, 2016 Brazilian–French drama starring Sonia Braga as Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife. She is the last resident of Aquarius building, who refuses to sell her apartment to a construction company. The film generated uproar in Brazil due to its political connotations.
Fri 8th March 2019
a celebration of Palestinian women
Heather Masoud, Director and co-founder of Zaytoun will talk about the impact of fair trade on Palestinian women producers. Bayt Exhibition of Palestinian clothing, textiles and jewelry by Suhad Jarrar. Trish Whitham will speak about her Protective Presence olive picking experience near Nablus. Debke dance by members of the Reading community. Wear your Palestinian clothes and garments! Men and women welcome! Fair Trade stall, snacks and refreshments.
Thu 28th February 2019
risc book club: silence is my mother tongue
By Sulaiman Addonia – Eritrea/Sudan Saba arrives in an East African refugee camp as a young girl, devastated to have had to abandon her books as her family fled. In this crowded and often hostile place, she must carve out her new existence, always protecting her mute brother Hagos. A moving portrait of a woman of courage and intelligence, an insider’s view of the textures of life in a refugee camp, and a compelling story of exile, survival and love, Silence is My Mother Tongue bears vivid testimony to the power of imagination and illusion and the infinite reach of human minds to reinvent themselves. This subversive and sensual novel dissects society’s ability to wage war on its own women and explores the stories we must tell to survive in a broken, inhospitable environment. 308pp
Wed 27th February 2019
trade power & poverty after brexit
Trade Justice and Fairtrade activists campaign for a system that puts people and planet before big business profits. The inspiring Nick Dearden, Director of Global Justice Now UK, will consider what the UK’s trade deals with other countries look like after March. Will they reflect trade justice? What can we do?
Wed 20th February 2019
world film club: soy cuba
Dir: Mikhail Kalatozov (The Cranes Are Flying, True Friends) Winner: Archival Award, National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA, 1996 Initially commissioned as propaganda, its technical tour-de-force and celebration of communist kitsch has made it a cult film, earning admiration from film-makers Francis Ford Coppola to Martin Scorsese. In four stories of the revolution, Mikhail Kalatov’s astonishingly acrobatic camera takes the viewer on a rapturous roller-coaster ride of bathing beauties, landless peasants, fascist police, and student revolutionaries.
Wed 6th February 2019
world film club: in our hands
Black Bark Films with Landworkers’ Alliance. Official selection: British Documentary Film Festival, 2018. The inspiring story behind the blood, sweat and tears of nine British farmers seizing the Brexit moment to outgrow an outdated industrial food system.This film explores their daily reality and refusal to be ground down by the machinery of big agribusiness and reveals the wisdom of the old and the innovations of the young, who are bringing back the worm to the soil, the ‘culture’ to ‘agriculture,’ and the flavour to the tomato!
Thu 31st January 2019
risc book club: musical youth
By Joanne Hillhouse – Antigua/Barbados. Zahara is a loner. She's brilliant on the guitar but in everyday life she doesn't really fit in. Then she meets Shaka, himself a musical genius and the first boy who really gets her. They discover that they share a special bond, their passion for music, and Zahara finds herself a part, not just of Shaka's life, but also that of his boys, the Lion Crew. When they all get roles in a summer musical, Zahara, Shaka, and the rest of the Lion Crew use the opportunity to work on a secret project. But the Crew gets much more than they bargained for when they uncover a dark secret linking Shaka and Zahara's families and they're forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about class, colour, and relationships on the Caribbean island of Antigua. 280pp
Wed 30th January 2019
odious debts - how banks cause misery for the poor
British banks and companies give secret loans to poor countries, by-passing local laws. Then British companies make huge profits while poor people suffer. Come to hear Tim Jones, campaigner and economist at Jubilee Debt Campaign, explain the situation and what the UK can do about it.
Thu 24th January 2019
let's be fair
Workshop for anyone who has ever been shopping! Explore how the whole school community can become more aware of the issues behind the products they buy & take action to support producers. Find out how Fair Trade makes a difference.
Sun 20th January 2019
reading repair cafe
Reading Repair Cafe is a community project to bring people together to repair items rather than throw them away! Electronics, computers, bikes, clothes, tools etc. Please visit www.readingrepaircafe.org.uk to find out more.
Wed 16th January 2019
world film club: Nae Pasaran!
Director: Felipe Bustos Sierra (Tixeon, Five Six Seven Eight!) Winner: Best feature Film, BAFTA Awards Scotland, 2018 A heartfelt documentary that tells the true story of Scottish workerswho managed to ground half of Chile’s Air Force, from the other side of the world, in the longest single act of solidarity against Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship that had toppled the government of Salvador Allende.
Thu 20th December 2018
risc book club: The Incomplete Manuscript
By Kamal Abdullayev - Azerbaijan. Translated from Azerbaijani by Anne Thompson, this is a novel narrating the imaginary life of medieval icons. When a young researcher accidentally comes across a manuscript in the Manuscripts Institute, he discovers the unexpected but well-known epic Kitabi Dada Korkud, combined with the history of Azerbaijani shah and poet Shah Ismail's life set in an entirely new interpretation. 210pp
Wed 5th December 2018
The tech industry has levels of knowledge about our lives that George Orwell could only dream about in his book 1984. Should we be concerned about global justice and the e-commerce trade agenda? If so, what can we do about it?
Thu 29th November 2018
risc book club: The Hundred Wells of Salaga
By Ayesha Haruna Attah – Ghana. Aminah lives an idyllic life until she is brutally separated from her home and forced on a journey that turns her from a daydreamer into a resilient woman. Wurche, the willful daughter of a chief, is desperate to play an important role in her father's court. These two women's lives converge as infighting among Wurche's people threatens the region, during the height of the slave trade at the end of the 19th century. Set in pre-colonial Ghana, The Hundred Wells of Salaga is a story of courage, forgiveness, love and freedom. Through the experiences of Aminah and Wurche, it offers a remarkable view of slavery and how the scramble for Africa affected the lives of everyday people. 234pp
Wed 21st November 2018
world film club: the gleaners and i
Dir: Agnès Varda(Le Bonheur, Vagabond) Winner: European Film Academy Documentary Award, 2000. Gleaning is protected by law in France. Gleaners traditionally follow the harvest, scavenging what was missed the first time around. In Agnes Varda’s meditative new film we see them in potato fields and apple orchards, where the farmers actually welcome them (tons of apples are missed by the first pickers). Then we meet urban gleaners, including an artist who finds objects he can make into sculpture, and a man who has not paid for his food for more than 10 years.
Thu 15th November 2018
global citizenship education - meet the new team
Join Ruth, Abha and Manju to share food and find out about the new team.
Wed 7th November 2018
the palestine book awards
Hear from the people behind this year’s Palestine Book Awards’ fabulous shortlist of authors. Dr Ibrahim Darwish, chair of Palestine Book Awards and one of the judges, and short-listed author Tareq Baconi, whose writings have appeared in Sada: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace & The Guardian. Followed by informal discussion and refreshments.
Sat 3rd November 2018
what to do with your harvest
Learn different ways to preserve, dry and freeze what you have grown so you can use it throughout year.
Fri 2nd November 2018
a celebration of Palestinian art & culture
A cultural evening that will include: cookery demonstrations, pop art exhibition by artist Mohammad Z Bassyouni, videos highlighting Palestinian political and cultural resistance, presentation about Keep Hope Alive Olive Campaign by Reading volunteers recently returned from helping with the olive harvest in Bethlehem.
Thu 25th October 2018
risc book club: The Museum of Innocence
By Orhan Pamuk - Turkey. The Museum of Innocence - set in Istanbul between 1975 and today - tells the story of Kemal, the son of one of Istanbul's richest families, and of his obsessive love for a poor and distant relation, the beautiful Fusun, who is a shop-girl in a small boutique. In his romantic pursuit of Füsun over the next eight years, Kemal compulsively amasses a collection of objects that chronicles his lovelorn progress-a museum that is both a map of a society and of his heart. The novel depicts a panoramic view of life in Istanbul as it chronicles this long, obsessive love affair; and Pamuk beautifully captures the identity crisis experienced by Istanbul's upper classes that find themselves caught between traditional and westernised ways of being. 752pp
Thu 25th October 2018
VEDANTA’S BILLIONS & THE CITY OF LONDON
On 22 May 2018 thirteen people, including women and children, were shot dead by police on their 100th day of protest against pollution by British mining company Vedanta Resources’ copper smelter in Tamil Nadu, India. Samarendra Das and Miriam Rose from grassroots solidarity group Foil Vedanta share cutting edge research, and expose the complicity of the City of London and the Financial Conduct Authority in Vedanta’s abuses.
Wed 24th October 2018
borders: the good, the bad & the ugly
Do we need borders at all? *Ruben Andersson*, Associate Professor of Migration and Development at Oxford University, examines contemporary and historical borders. Focussing on Europe’s fortified frontiers he shows how bordering shifts over time, and asks whether we should aim for ‘good borders’ rather than ‘no borders’ as we grapple with the deadly consequences of walling off countries and continents.
Thu 18th October 2018
ENVIRONMENTAL INJUSTICE & RESISTANCE in North Africa & Middle East
The ecological crisis is a reality from Morocco to Iraq, and it is already undermining the socio-economic and ecological basis of life in the region. It is seen in disruptive climate change, polluting extractive industries, wars, occupation, diseases, exhaustion of natural resources and water scarcity. People across the region are resisting and demanding sovereignty over their land, resources and livelihoods. Documentary series "Paradises of the Earth" plus Q&A with producer Hamza Hamouchene from Environmental Justice North Africa.
Thu 27th September 2018
risc book club: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race
By Reni Eddo-Lodge – UK Writing on black life in Britain has long been the poor relation of its African American equivalent, not least because, in the hierarchy of suffering, the daily slights endured by black Britons do not bear comparison to the existential threat to African American lives. She’s strong on the pervasive racial marginalisation of black people, for example in the depiction of the working class that still so often comes with the prefix “white”. It’s striking that the discourse on race today is stronger in tone than in the 70s suburban world in which I grew up, where British people were (usually) polite to the point of rudeness; the stakes are higher now. 288pp