"I danced here on other peoples' dreams" - Gary Younge
|Starts:||18:30 24 Feb 2022|
|Ends:||18:30 24 Feb 2022|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|How much:||Free - £9.21|
|Who is it for:||External researchers, Adults, Current University students, General public, Post 16, Secondary schools|
This is a young people's talk organised by Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society.
This lecture will explore the topic of building a more diverse, respectful and inclusive society, and we encourage as many young people as possible to attend this unmissable event.
The diverse, inclusive, respectful society that we wish to build does not exist yet; it is constantly in the making. We are in some senses closer than we were; although what is gained in one quarter is often conceded in another. But in almost every sense we are not even close to where we need to be.
The COVID pandemic laid bare both our vulnerabilities and potential. It exposed the inequalities and precarities that are the fault lines of societal unrest and global inequities. It has also made the case, as no politician can, that there is such a thing as the common good, that we have a collective responsibility for our common wellbeing and that we are capable of adapting to meet the challenge. We all suffered and we all made sacrifices; we did not, however suffer or sacrifice equally.
But in order to build that diverse, inclusive, respectful world we must first imagine it. That is precisely what oppressed people have been doing for centuries as they fought for rights that seemed impossible and a world they could not see. Whatever diversity, inclusivity and respect we have attained thus far has not been the inevitable product of decency, natural evolution or time and tide; it is the product of struggle by generations of people who waged battles they were unlikely to win for a world they did not know was possible. People who fought not because victory was plausible but because not fighting ensured defeat.
That is also the story of my own unlikely journey from a single parent migrant home to being an author and professor. But while it is my personal story, it's not just my personal achievement. It was the collective struggles of others that have gone before me that made that journey possible. That suggests that there are myriad other journeys, yet to be made to destinations unknown, that we can make possible through our struggles today.
Travel and Contact Information
This is a hybrid event. You can go take part online or at the Manchester Conference Centre.