Writer and political commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to assess the state of Britain today

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Next DICE Annual Lecture at University of Leicester on 19 October to focus on equality, diversity & belonging

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 7 October 2016

A journalist considered one of the few female Muslim voices on the political stage is to speak on the state of Britain at a University of Leicester lecture that celebrates diversity and community cohesion.

The unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE) at the University of Leicester is delighted to announce that the journalist and political commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown will deliver this year’s DICE Annual Lecture ‘Equality, Diversity & Belonging in 21st Century Britain’ on 19 October 2016.

Members of the public are warmly welcomed to this FREE public engagement event which takes place in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, University of Leicester at 6pm.

Britain today is experiencing major social change and a range of new difficulties: EU membership & Brexit; the pressures of austerity; questions over devolution and identity; the challenges of globalisation and new migration; and the threat of terrorism. The strains and tensions around issues of diversity, equality and belonging in Britain in this new global order of uncertainty and insecurity remain acute.

The journalist, author and political commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown will offer her own searching personal insight into how we might address such issues in 21st century Britain – and where exactly questions of gender equality fit into this equation.

Yasmin will assess the state of Britain today as a complex multi-faith, multi-cultural pluralist society, one facing new dilemmas. Her presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Professor Surinder Sharma, co-Director of DICE said: “We feel very fortunate indeed to have Yasmin Alibhai-Brown delivering the second DICE annual lecture. Last year’s lecture produced a very large diverse public audience and we fully expect the same this time.

“Yasmin’s is a very important public voice on questions of equality and diversity in Britain today, one which is directed at all members of the community. She is straight-talking and challenging – the type of speaker that will engage to a very diverse audience from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.”

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a journalist, author, and political commentator, one of the few female Muslim voices on the political stage. She was born in Uganda in 1949, before moving to Britain in 1972. Yasmin was a regular contributor to The Independent and now writes columns for the International Business Times, I newspaper, The Guardian and other journals, often on issues around culture, equality, ethnicity and gender. She was awarded, and later returned, an MBE, partly in protest at the Iraq War.

Yasmin describes herself as an ‘anti-racist’ and is highly forthright and - for some - controversial in her views on subjects ranging from Middle East politics, civil liberties, terrorism & radicalisation, women’s rights, and sex abuse. She is author of several books, most recently Exotic England, an untold story of England’s fascination with the East.

Associate Professor John Williams, co-director of DICE said: “We recruit our speakers because we want to offer accessible and relevant views on the issues that we know members of our local communities in Leicester are concerned about.

“Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a very well-known public figure for her journalism and regular appearances on BBC’s Question Time and a wide range of other TV programmes that deal with questions about diversity and belonging. She offers a distinctive women’s voice in debates often dominated by men – but she speaks to everyone, irrespective of gender.”

Booking link for lecture by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on Wednesday 19 October at 6pm: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/equality-diversity-belonging-in-21st-century-britain-tickets-20855497354

You can find out more about DICE here: www.le.ac.uk/dice



For more information please contact:

Professor Surinder Sharma,

University of Leicester,

Unit for Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement (DICE), Department of Sociology, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH,


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