Afua Hirsch: Brit(ish)
Monday 13 May 2019, 6.30 – 8.00pm (rescheduled from October 2018)
Sheffield Students' Union - The Auditorium
In association with Our Mel, The University of Sheffield BME Students' Committee and as part of the Festival of Debate, The University of Sheffield BAME Staff Network warmly invites you to a discussion with Afua Hirsch 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 Racial Justice Network.
About the author: Afua Hirsch
Afua Hirsch is a journalist and presenter at Sky News. She can currently be seen presenting Sky News World News, on Sunrise, and as Social Affairs Editor, reporting on issues ranging from radicalisation to immigration. She previously wrote for the Guardian Newspaper, both in the UK and as a Foreign Correspondent, establishing the paper's West African bureau and covering the war in Mali. She came to journalism from the legal profession where she was a barrister practising human rights law. She regularly writes for the Guardian and Observer newspapers, hosts awards ceremonies and events, and speaks widely on diversity, social justice and the media. She is the author of 'Brit(ish)' - a narrative non-fiction book about identity, published by Jonathan Cape.