University of Sussex to bring theatre, spoken word and Channel 4 news anchor to festival

Jon Snow with Professor Andrea Cornwall, Head of Sussex's School of Global Studies.

The School of Global Studies will be hosting a wide range of performances and events including body mapping, theatre and comedy in its Bedouin-style tent.

The University of Sussex’s School of Global Studies will be bringing theatre, spoken word and a Channel 4 news anchor to the WOMAD festival this week (23-26 July).

Jon Snow, the face of Channel 4 News, will be appearing at the School of Global Studies-sponsored Global Voices tent along with the University’s Chancellor Sanjeev Bhaskar, the acclaimed Iranian film director Amir Amirani, and a host of performers and Sussex academics.

The Chancellor will be giving an introduction to a screening of Amirani’s film We Are Many, which focuses on the global protests against the Iraq War that took place in 2003.

Snow, who has previously criticised the UK’s involvement in the Iraq War, will be hosting a Q&A with the director after the film.  

Snow was awarded an honorary doctorate at one of the University’s summer graduation ceremonies last week, and recorded an inspiring message in which he told students who were graduating to “love each other, enjoy and give back”.

Visitors to the Global Voices marquee at the festival in Wiltshire will be treated to a range of other performances and events including body mapping, poetry from the spoken word artist Potent Whisper, and talks by researchers and students from the Anthropology, Geography, International Development and International Relations departments in the School of Global Studies.

Researchers and PhD students will use images, footage and objects to relive their travels to places as far flung as Japan, the Persian Gulf and Central Africa, while Professor Andrea Cornwall, Head of the School of Global Studies, and other faculty will be leading interactive workshops that will engage festival-goers in the work of the School.

The line-up will also include author Alain Stephens, who will be explaining complex philosophical ideas in five minutes using glove puppets; singer and music teacher Sophia Efthimiou, who will be encouraging the audience to sing together in harmony; and Sajeela Kershi, Asian Woman Of Achievement for Arts And Culture 2015, who will use stand-up comedy to explore how it feels to be a British Muslim with little faith.

Professor Cornwall said: “Global Voices gives us a wonderful opportunity to share two dimensions of our work in the School of Global Studies at Sussex that we care deeply about - engaged research that makes a difference and the use of the arts in the struggle for social justice.”

Through its research and teaching, the School of Global Studies addresses the most pressing global issues of the current day – global inequalities and global justice, climate and environmental change, war and peace, global health and finance crises, intolerance and discrimination.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 21 July 2015