New year, new public health lecture series

A PUBLIC lecture which explores the role history has to play in the future health of Stoke-on-Trent is taking place at Staffordshire University in the New Year.

Entitled  ‘Potteries, Public Health and Karl Marx’, the lecture will take place in the Ashley Building on Leek Road on Thursday January 19 from  5.30pm – 7pm.

Led by Dr Zafar Iqbal, Acting Director of Public Health at Stoke-on-Trent Primary Care Trust and visiting Professor at Staffordshire University, the lecture will argue that an understanding of local history is vital to inform the future transformation of the City.

Professor Iqbal said: “This session will explore the public health legacy of the Potteries and how the experience of local pottery and mining workers was used by Karl Marx when writing Das Kapital to highlight the poor working and living conditions of local people in the 19th Century, as part of his treatise to expose the exploitation of the working classes.

“It will also look at the way the city’s new Mandate for Change could create opportunities, not only for economic growth, but also potentially for increased health gain for the city as well.”

The lecture series has been introduced by Tony Stewart, Professor In Public Health in the University’s Faculty of Health and an NHS Consultant in Public Health

Professor Stewart said: “The subject of Professor Iqbal’s lecture will have wide appeal for people with an interest in their local area and promises to be an illuminating start to the series.”

“It also takes on extra significance as we will be using the occasion to present a posthumous Extraordinary Contribution Award to the family of our late MPH student and midwife Kate Ray, who died in November.”

Anyone wishing to attend should contact Kay Steele on 01782 298130 or email:


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