G-0319-Festival of Cultures; 20th March 2019

3 March 2021

5 min read

Language lessons, global movies, and how forensics can save the world’s most trafficked animal, all feature University of Portsmouth’s Global Week events this year. 

The free offerings span the week 15 - 21 March, and celebrate the diversity of the people who make up the University of Portsmouth community.

The week will also see the launch of the University’s Global Cookbook, featuring student, staff, alumni and community members’ favourite recipes from around the world - including one pot jollof rice, pierogi, and masala chai.

Throughout the week, students and staff can take part in the Global Staircase challenge Can you climb the height of famous landmarks around the world? Enter yourself or a team, with a chance to win prizes.

Discover all events 

Planned events include:

Off the Scale - Can Forensics Save the World's Most Trafficked Mammal?

Monday 15 March, 10.00am – 11.00am

Open to: Students, staff and public

In this 1-hour interactive webinar, Dr Nick Pamment and Jac Reed will discuss wildlife crime within the UK and internationally, including scale and enforcement challenges. They’ll provide an overview of cutting-edge research, exploring how forensics can save the pangolin, the world’s most trafficked mammal.

The impact of racial equality on our global society with Chris Lubbe

Tuesday 16 March, 11.00am – 12.30pm

Open to: Students and Staff

Chris Lubbe will share his experience and insight, from growing up during Apartheid to his role as Nelson Mandela's body guard. Chris will explore racial equality in today's global society, and open the floor up for Q&A from the audience.

Global Horror 21st Century Fears

Wednesday 17 March, 5.00pm – 6.00pm

Open to: Students, Staff and Public

What truly scares us in the 21st century? Join Dr Emma Austin, senior lecturer in the School of Film, Media and Communication, for an exploration of modern Global Horror. Drawing on her research expertise in horror studies and zombie culture, Emma will offer a snapshot of contemporary global fears in cinema, looking outside of the Hollywood hegemony that so often dominates worldwide cinema culture.

The Language and Culture of the Middle East

Thursday 18 March, 2.00 – 2.30pm 

Open to: Students and Staff 

Learn and practice some useful Arabic words and phrases in this taster workshop as well as discovering some Arabic culture.

Croeso i Gymraeg! Welcome to Welsh!

Friday 19 March, 11.00am – 12.00pm 

Open to: Students and Staff

Interactive and communicative language taster workshop run by Rhiannon Thompson, covering intro to the language, basic greetings etc.

Get going in Russian! A language and culture taster

Saturday 20 March, 10.00am - 11.00am

Open to: Students, Staff and public

Join us for an interactive and communicative language taster workshop run by Geoffrey Thompson, giving you an intro to the Russian language!

See the full Global Week programme for a rundown of what's happening throughout the week.