Desiree talks to Afua Hirsch on Race and belonging, 18th October

Desiree talks to Afua Hirsch on Race and belonging, 18th October


In collaboration with Our Mel, Festival of Debate, BAME Staff Network – The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Students’ Union as part of MelaninFest – Sheffield’s Black History Month Festival.

Join Afua Hirsch for a discussion on her Sunday Times Bestseller, Brit(ish).

Brit(ish) is about a search for identity. It is about the everyday racism that plagues British society. It is about our awkward, troubled relationship with our history. It is about why liberal attempts to be ‘colour-blind’ have caused more problems than they have solved. It is about why we continue to avoid talking about race.

In this personal and provocative investigation, Afua Hirsch explores a very British crisis of identity. We are a nation in denial about our past and our present. We believe we are the nation of abolition, but forget we are the nation of slavery. We are convinced that fairness is one of our values, but that immigration is one of our problems. Brit(ish) is the story of how and why this came to be, and an urgent call for change.

This event will be chaired by Desiree Reynolds – journalist, author and a trustee of The Racial Justice Network.

This event will take place in Lecture Theatre 4 in The Diamond at The University of Sheffield.

Tickets: Free