Previous CityTalks events
Black Studies City Talk - 'The end of racism?'
Wednesday 7 March 2018
To celebrate the launch of Europe’s first Black Studies degree, Birmingham City University hosted a lively discussion with leading experts on contemporary issues surrounding this discipline.
The panel was made up of renowned speakers, including Princeton University's Professor Imani Perry, one of the world’s most influential experts in race and African-American culture and who has written books on race, politics, feminism, society and citizenship.
She was joined by Dr Kehinde Andrews, one of the UK's leading Black British voices, and founder of the Black Studies course, and Johny Pitts, photographer, author and founder of Afropean. Chairing the discussion was award-winning broadcaster and former Blue Peter presenter Ayo Akinwolere.
The panel explored the topic of ‘The end of racism?’ and why the University's launch of a degree in Black Studies is now more important than ever.The discussion was followed by an engaging audience Q&A.
A C Grayling Guest Lecture
Wednesday 24 January 2018
One of the UK's foremost philosophers, Professor A C Grayling, joined on Wednesday 24th January for BCU City Talks event to discuss Brexit and the effects on Democracy.
A.C. Grayling is Professor of Philosophy and Master of the New College of the Humanities, London. He has written and edited many books, both scholarly and for a general readership, and has been a regular contributor to The Times and New Statesman. He is a frequent contributor to television programmes, including Newsnight and CNN news.
Professor Grayling believes that philosophy should take an active and useful role in society. In his new book, Democracy and its Crisis, Professor Grayling argues that the Brexit result was the consequence of giving too much power to the "wrong sort of people" and that the rush to Brexit could have been halted.