Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Barack Obama at the Writing on the Wall festival in Liverpool

Well, maybe not but there will be a discussion about him that I'll be contributing to. The details are below:

Monday 18th May

Can he do it? Obama and the movement for change.

The election of Barack Obama brought huge excitement to Liverpool . People on both sides of the Atlantic are desperate for change from the politics of war and profit. WoW invites all our communities to consider and discuss the question of whether Obama can and will bring about real and lasting change.

Guest speakers:

Anthony Painter, political writer, commentator, and activist, has two published works, Barack Obama: The Movement for Change and Viral Politics: Communication in the New Media Era. He was awarded the New Statesman Prize for Political Writing in 2003 and has been published in the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent and the New Statesman.

Dr Tony Sewell, a regular columnist for The Voice newspaper, is an education adviser, who has published widely on issues related to race, social justice and emotional and behaviourally difficult children. He is currently director of the charity, Generating Genius, which aims to promote the advancement of education in medicine and research science amongst children and young people from underrepresented backgrounds.

Councillor Anna Rothery, Liverpool ’s only BME councillor, sits on the education and Skills Select Committee and is also a member of Liverpool City Council Planning Committee. She has worked in community development for over 20 years, and is also the chair of Liverpool Black Leadership Forum.

Laurence Westgaph, a historian, journalist, presenter and broadcaster, has worked with BBC Television and Radio, Channel 4, The History Channel, Trinity Mirror Group newspapers, English Heritage and the National Trust. Laurence has worked with a diverse group of people including Jimmy McGovern, Melvyn Bragg, Caryl Phillips, Arthur Smith, Trevor Phillips and the late John Peel. He is founder member of the Liverpool Black Leadership Forum.

6.30pm
Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, 34 Princes Road , L8 1TH
Entry: £4.00/£2.00 on the door

Writing on the Wall
Tel: 0151 703 0020
Address: First Floor
Mission hall
36 Windsor Street
Liverpool
L8 1XE
www.writingonthewall.org.uk

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