Today is the International day of Human Space Flight, celebrating the anniversary of the very first space flight made by a human being. This day of celebration was created by the United Nations in 2011, to acknowledge the start of the space era for humankind. However, it has been celebrated by the Russian people as a national day since 1962, where it was called Cosmonautics day.
Making Sense of ASD
While researching notable autistic people for the presentation currently running in the ground floor atrium area in Augustine House as part of Autism Awareness Week (AAW), I noticed something of a common theme. Many of the celebrities I was finding on lists of famous figures with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) had been diagnosed not as children but as adults – whether they had been encouraged by their partners and families to seek the opinions of medical experts, or had read about symptoms that resonated with their own experiences and behaviours and gone on to self-diagnose, it seemed clear that for many of these people, the lack of awareness and understanding of autism during their childhood and adolescence had meant that only as recognition of autism developed during their lifetime had they come to realise that ASD is a fundamental part of their identity.
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MALALA YOUSAFZAI: Pakistani Activist for female education and youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate
Born 12th July 1997
Pakistani born education activist Malala Yousafzai became famous overnight following an assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012 at the age of 15, as a result of her championing the right of girls to go to school. Immediately after the attack, she and her family were brought to UK for her to receive medical treatment, and they have now made their home in Birmingham. She has continued the crusade that she had begun as a child at home in the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan, and has become a global ambassador for female education. Former Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has called her “the most prominent citizen” of the country.
I have been asked to write a blog post about Neville Chamberlain to commemorate his birth 150 years ago. I knew very little about him, although my interest was piqued by the 2017 film Darkest Hour in which Chamberlain is portrayed as exhausted, ill and overshadowed by the irascible, bullish and eccentric Churchill. I felt immense sympathy for him. Like a magpie looking for shiny things, I had ‘collected’ Churchill. He loomed large in my imagination. I had visited Chartwell, his Kentish home, I have admired his garden and his paintings, I had gone to a film about him, I had even bought the book. Would I have watched Darkest Hour if it had been billed “the story of Neville Chamberlain”? Possibly not. Had I been guilty of lionizing Churchill at the expense of Chamberlain?
Pioneer and Audio Visionary
When CCCU announced that the new creative arts building on the North Holmes Road campus was to be named after Daphne Oram I must admit I knew very little about the British composer and electronic musician who lived and worked in Kent, and lectured at the university. With the building having recently been opened and March being Women’s History Month, this is a timely opportunity to use the library’s resources to find out more about the life and work of the woman described as an ‘unsung hero’ of electronic music, who generated a whole new way of creating and thinking about sound.
The 91st Academy Awards are just round the corner but you’ll need to stay up late in to the wee small hours to watch it as the ceremony begins at 1:00 am on the 25th February. What better way to get into the Oscar’s spirit then checking out some great film resources that you can access for free with your Library account? So turn the lights down low, grab your favourite movie snacks and get comfy. Here’s some of what we have available.