Upcoming Events

Hi folks,

I’m getting this out today to make sure it goes out in good time. While there are some repeats, the events listing has some nice new things to look over, including a rare chance to hear Tom Leonard talk on his work. Enjoy.


Mon 24th February
Local Food Social Support Hub
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington St, G4 9AJ
1800 – 2000


Feeling Isolated? Worried about Winter Bills? Affected by Welfare Cuts? Want tips on how to cook on a budget? Woodlands Community Garden’s local food social support hub provides a friendly welcome and access to a hot and healthy meal for people experiencing hardship as well as access to training/volunteering opportunities. No referral or voucher needed, so if you are in need of a wee escape from your worries then come along.


Mon 24th February
Animal Intelligence? – Prof. Dick Byrne – Glasgow Skeptics
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street
1900 – 2130

Although many of our everyday judgements of intelligence in other species can be shown to be dubious, the idea that some species have developed superior intelligence is a respectable one. The tricky part is measuring it! Brain size seems more ‘objective’ than intelligence, but it too is not easy to compare across species. Also, having a large brain is not necessarily a ‘good thing’. Despite these difficulties, there’s been real progress in understanding what sorts of animal have specialized in intelligence, and what ecological problems have pushed their evolution in that direction. But there’s much less agreement about what their ‘higher intelligence’ actually is, perhaps because it can be several things. Purely quantitative differences in learning and memory may be responsible for a lot of what we notice and can measure. Yet human intelligence did not come from nowhere: and human intelligence includes the ability to understand how things work, whether those things are other people or systems of inanimate objects in the world. The big challenge will be discovering the precursors of this qualitative advance in other species.

Dick Byrne studies the evolution of cognition, particularly the origins of distinctively human characteristics, using evidence from species as diverse as great apes, elephants and domestic pigs. In 1987, with three colleagues, he set up the Scottish Primate Research Group, which now links 17 faculty and their research teams in an informal collaboration spanning 5 Scottish universities. Professor Byrne has published 1298 refereed journal articles, 64 invited book chapters, and edited 3 books. He was awarded the British Psychology Society Book Award 1997 for his O.U.P. monograph The Thinking Ape, and appointed to the fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2002.


Tue 25th February
G.U.PalSoc Film Screening: Budrus
Room 513, Boyd Orr Building, University Gardens
1805 – 1955

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. As part of Israeli Apartheid Week we’ll be screening Budrus on Tuesday 25th February 2014.

About Budrus: “Budrus is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat.” http://www.justvision.org/budrus Budrus Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hqYR7OkqL4


Tue 25th February
CHE public talk: Burning the planet at both ends: how can we cool it? The struggle for the global commons- with Justin Kenrick
The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Govan, G51 3UU

What connects the torching of indigenous communities in Kenya and Osborne’s ‘Sermon on the Pound’?

The Kenyan government is currently torching thousands of homes of indigenous Sengwer communities in the name of conservation. The global clearances continue despite the fact that the poor in Kenya do have lawyers – for the courts are simply ignored. Can aligning communities struggles, national concern and international campaigns counteract local, national and international elites attempts to capture resources from those who have maintained their resources for centuries? Can the independence debate enable us to focus on, rather than distract us from, responding to the state of the world? How?

Justin Kenrick received a BA in Social Anthropology at Cambridge and his PhD in Social Anthropology at Edinburgh. He was a lecturer in social anthropology at Glasgow from 2001 to 2009. He left to work with the Forest Peoples Programme to support Central African Forest Peoples’ rights, and to work on parallel processes of community resilience in Scotland (www.pedal-porty.org.uk and http://www.holyrood350.org).


Wed 26th February
CHE library chat: A Thousand Huts, the campaign to promote huts and hutting Feb with Karen Grant
The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Govan, G51 3UU
Space strictly limited: please email info@che.ac.uk to confirm attendance.

Do you dream of a hut in the woods? Changes are afoot that could bring that dream a few steps closer. Karen Grant, from Reforesting Scotland’s campaign for A Thousand Huts, will introduce the world of hutting, discuss the recent campaign developments, explore the current barriers to hutting and celebrate the many causes of hope for a new hutting movement in Scotland.


Thu 27th February
Opencast moratorium and public inquiry now!
All day


The Scottish Government are currently consulting on new regulation for what they hope will “regulate restoration effectively”. But whilst they consult, Hargreaves are being allowed to mine under even less regulation and oversight than before the collapse of Scottish Coal and ATH Resources. Communities living next to opencast mines in Scotland don’t need another CON-sultation – they need effective action to safeguard their health, well-being and local environment.

It is not acceptable that this crisis is being used as yet another opportunity for yet another mining company to scrape what they can out of communities and the environment whilst taking no responsibility for their actions. It is is time to seek justice for communities living near opencast mines – please respond to the consultation by sending the response below (or write your own) and demand a moratorium and independent public inquiry now!

Consultation ends Thursday 27th February – please tell tell you friends, family and colleagues to take part too!


Fri 28th February
Ibrox Writers: Meet Tom Leonard
Upstairs Community Room, Ibrox Library, Midlock Street,
1030 – 1200

Glasgow born Socialist poet & author, “radical Renfrew” etc. is giving a rare talk on his writing to Ibrox Writers at Ibrox Library Community room, Midlock St. (nearest U Cessnock). Open to public.


*FREE* entry.


Fri 7th March
Winter Warmers Film #5: ELEMENTAL – THE FILM
Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder Street, G42 7RA
1930 – 2200

Our final screening in the Winter Warmers – 5 Elements series. Note the change of venue / starting time! ELEMENTAL – THE FILM 2012, 93mins. Director: Gayatri Roshan

Summary: Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. The film follows Rajendra Singh, an Indian government official gone rogue, on a 40-day pilgrimage down India’s once pristine Ganges river, now polluted and dying. Facing community opposition and personal doubts, Singh works to shut down factories, halt construction of dams, and rouse the Indian public to treat their sacred “Mother Ganga” with respect. Across the globe in northern Canada, Eriel Deranger mounts her own “David and Goliath” struggle against the world’s largest industrial development, the Tar Sands, an oil deposit larger than the state of Florida. A young mother and native Denè, Deranger struggles with family challenges while campaigning tirelessly against the Tar Sands and its proposed 2,000-mile Keystone XL Pipeline, which are destroying Indigenous communities and threatening an entire continent. And in Australia, inventor and entrepreneur Jay Harman searches for investors willing to risk millions on his conviction that nature’s own systems hold the key to our world’s ecological problems. Harman finds his inspiration in the natural world’s profound architecture and creates a revolutionary device that he believes can slow down global warming, but will it work? Separated by continents yet sharing an unwavering commitment to protecting nature, the characters in this story are complex, flawed, postmodern heroes for whom stemming the tide of environmental destruction fades in and out of view – part mirage, part miracle.

Watch the trailer here: http://elementalthefilm.com/trailer/


Sat 8th March
Grow Your Own Course
Battlefield Community Garden, Ledard Road

This course is spread across two, four hour sessions.

The course is FREE but places must be booked in advance.

Please contact projects@urbanroots.org.uk or tel:0141 613 2766 to reserve a place

Saturday March 8th at Battlefield Community Garden, Ledard Road, 1:30pm –5:30pm Saturday March 15th at Langside Parish Church, 167 Ledard Rd, 1:30pm –5:30pm

Whether you have a spare window ledge for a window box, or an allotment plot, this course will help you to get started growing your own food. The course will cover the basics of seed sowing, planting, composting, and harvesting, and there will also be help to design your own space for growing fruit and veg.

There will be lots of practical activities, help and advice, and visits to gardens in the area.


Wed 13th March
Sites of Love & Cannibalism: Excess and Dependencies in City Music Spaces
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6RQ
1800 – 2300

Thu 14th March
Sites of Love & Cannibalism: Excess and Dependencies in City Music Spaces
Stereo Cafe, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH
1800 – 2300

The Art School and Stereo present a free two-day investigation into music, economy and space, involving performances, presentations and panel discussions with musicians, industry workers and DIY crews.

Q: What is excess? Can there be too much music? Too many people with nothing to do apart from sound out what could’ve of been?

Q: What’s the difference between art and music, commercial and not commercial, DIY and entrepreneurialism? What’s new music? Why are you not getting paid enough? What kinds of spaces do we want to gather in? What musics do we make, how and why do we make them?



Sat 15th March
Bring & Buy Sale / Coffee Morning
Croftfoot Parish Church, Croftpark Ave, Glasgow, G44 5NR

WestGAP is an anti-poverty community group run by and for people who have first – hand experience of living in poverty. We are holding a fundraising event at Croftfoot Parish Church. If you’ve done your spring clean early, we would love donations of clothes you no longer wear, books you’ve finish with etc.

The Church is reached by taking the nos. 34 or 75 First buses from town to Castlemilk Drive at Croftpark Ave. The no. 5 First bus from opposite the St Enoch Centre goes to Carmunnock Rd at Croftpark Ave (the other end). If you get off at the Co-op supermarket just before a roundabout you just only need to walk a tiny bit back down the hill to Croftpark Ave.



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