Previous CityTalks events

In Conversation with Lily Pebbles

Wednesday 14 March

YouTuber, lifestyle blogger and author Lily Pebbles returned to her alma mater to talk about life as a digital superstar and how she had time to write her first ever book – ‘The F Word’, a personal celebration of female friendships.Lily Pebbles Author of "The F Word"

Lily, who has over 394,000 Instagram followers and 452,000 subscribers on YouTube, has collaborated with huge brands such as ASOS, Bobbi Brown, Revlon and Evian. In 2016, she won InStyle’s Project 13 Award for Best Beauty Blogger and recently, Lily has launched a new Podcast titled ‘At Home With…”  

During the City Talk, Lily will looked back over her incredible career, offered tips for budding writers and explored what’s next for this online sensation.

Starting her blog as part of a Digital Marketing module, Lily graduated from Birmingham City University’s Business School with a Marketing, Advertising and PR degree eight years ago, and was named as one of our Alumni of the Year 2017.

Lily will be in conversation with friend Rose Gallagher, Birmingham-based beauty blogger and founder of Mixed Gems.

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, Imani Perry - Princeton Professor - Black Studiesincluding 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.