Speaker Panel: Zoom sessions on Wednesday 10th March 2020.

Here are the the people who will be helping to lead the discussions at the events on Wednesday 10th March 2021. Click here to book your place.

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Gary Younge

2.00pm Discussion

Gary will discuss the global context in which public memorials are contested and how these issues have been tackled elsewhere.

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Kerin Morris

2.00pm & 7.00 pm Discussion

Kerin will discuss the importance of young people’s voices in helping to make decisions about public spaces, now and in the future.

Gary Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster and a professor of sociology at the University of Manchester.

Formerly a columnist at The Guardian, he has also written for The New York Review of Books, Granta, GQ, The Financial Times and The New Statesman and made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from gay marriage to Brexit.

An Honorary Fellow at the British Academy, he has written five books, most recently Another Day in the Death of America which won the Anthony J Lukas prize from Columbia University.

Kerin Morris is an artist & youth mentor. Kerin has been making music and mentoring young people for the past 13 years. Kerin supports young people to have a voice, feel empowered and make informed decisions by raising awareness of contemporary issues.

Kerin’s music career has seen her perform on a UK arena tour with JLS, on Live TV, radio and festivals across the country.

Kerin also runs her own business ‘actively mad’ which helps young people and vulnerable adults access the arts.

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Hakim Adi

7.00pm Discussion

Hakim will discuss how decision-making must be in the hands of local people, and public monuments should reflect the history of the majority not that of those privileged and elite white men of property.

Alan Rice

Alan Rice

2.00pm & 7.00pm Discussion

Alan will discuss Black Lives Matter then and now with examples of histories and memorial projects that show the centrality of black lives to telling the history of Manchester and Lancashire.

Prof. Hakim Adi is Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at the University of Chichester. Hakim was the first historian of African heritage to become a professor of history in Britain.

He was one of the founders of the Black and Asian Studies Association and History Matters, as well as the founder and consultant historian of the Young Historians Project.

Hakim has written widely on the history of Africa and the African Diaspora, including three history books for children. He is currently writing a history of African and Caribbean people in Britain to be published by Penguin.

Alan Rice is Professor in English and American Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, co-director of the Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR) and director of the UCLan Lancashire Research Centre in Migration, Diaspora and Exile (MIDEX).

He has worked on the interdisciplinary study of the Black Atlantic publishing Radical Narratives of the Black Atlantic (2003) & Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic(2010).

He was a founder member of the Slave Trade Arts Memorial Project in Lancaster which was responsible for unveiling a memorial commemorating victims of the slave trade in 2005, co-curated Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery at the Whitworth Gallery Manchester in 2007 and has been consultant and talking head on a variety of documentaries with the BBC and other broadcasters.

He has given keynote presentations in Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, the United States, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands and France. His latest co-written work, Inside the Invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid(2019) is the first academic monograph on the 2017 Turner Prize Winner.

In 2020-21 he is curating the exhibition Lubaina Himid: Memorial to Zong for the Lancaster Maritime Museum and working on projects with Preston and Lancaster Black History Groups, Fashion Revolution Week and Lancaster Jazz Festival.

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