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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown comes to Bradford

26 May 11

The University of Bradford's School of Lifelong Education and Development will host a lecture by journalist and author Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on Wednesday 8th June 2011.

The talk 'Reclaiming Faith from Religion and Politics' is part of the 'Faith and the City' programme, and has been developed by the University's School of Lifelong Education and Development in partnership with Bradford District Faiths Forum.

During the talk Yasmin will be discussing her opinions and thoughts about why society should reclaim their faith since, she believes, it has been silenced by politicised religion.

As a journalist, Yasmin has written for The Guardian, Observer, The New York Times, and Time Magazine.  She is now a regular columnist for The Independent. She is also a radio and television broadcaster and author of several books, including; 'No Place Like Home', 'Who Do We Think We Are?' and 'Mixed Feelings'.

In 2001 she was awarded an MBE for services to journalism in the New Year's honours list, but she returned it in 2003 as a protest against what she believes is "the new imperial and illegal war in Iraq."  In 2005 she was voted the 10th most influential black/Asian woman in the country and in 2007 she set up the charity ‘Muslims for Secular Democracy’ to promote democratic values among young British Muslims.

Dean of the School of Lifelong Education and Development at the University, Nadira Mirza, said: "We are delighted that Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is coming to Bradford to speak at the University's Faith and the City programme.

"Yasmin is well known for her strong, clear and often controversial views about faith and factors which shape or clutter it. This will prove to be a lively discussion with opportunity to debate."

The lecture will take place at 6pm on Wednesday 8 June in the John Stanley Bell Lecture Theatre, D Floor, Richmond Building at the University's City Campus.


Tickets cost £5/£3 Students and must be booked in advanced. To reserve your place email or telephone 01274 234009.

26 May 11

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Further information for Media Enquirers

For further information please contact the University of Bradford Press Office on 01274 23 3089/3084.

Out of office hours call 07879 437996. Alternatively, e-mail or fax on (01274) 236280.