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Athena Lecture: Samira Ahmed

BBC broadcaster and journalist

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11.00am - 2.00pm

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For LJMU's Athena Lecture Series,  this year’s special guest is the award winning Samira Ahmed  who will present a lecture around the International Women's Day 2018 campaign theme '#PressforProgress'.

With the recent developments nationally around gender equality, discrimination against women generally, intersectionality and visibility of women from other protected characteristics, gender pay gap and reporting, we are told we shouldn't be complacent and we must '#Pressforchange'.

Samira, has been passionate about inclusivity and promotion throughout her career and will be talking about her own experiences, how she was able to navigate her way to a successful role in the media. Samira will share her top tips for career progression.

Samira AhmedAbout Samira 
Samira Ahmed presents Front Row on Radio 4 and Newswatch on BBC1. Born and raised in London she studied English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and took a diploma in newspaper journalism at City University before joining the BBC as a graduate news trainee. She's been a reporter on Newsnight, the Today programme and covered the OJ Simpson civil trial while LA Correspondent. She won the Stonewall Award for Broadcast of the Year while a presenter and correspondent at Channel 4 News and worked as a news anchor for BBC News Channel and Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin. In her programmes Samira specialises in exploring the intersection between culture, politics and social change. She presents The Proms on BBC4 and her radio documentaries include such subjects as David Bowie, Westerns, the wife of Oliver Cromwell and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Samira's writing has appeared in The Guardian, The New Statesman and Index on Censorship and she's a visiting professor of Journalism at Kingston University.

The talk will last around 45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session, with lunch served between 1.00 and 2.00pm.

The full programme is available here

Arrival, registration and lunch will be held on the Lower Ground Floor, within the Public Exhibition Space, outside of the Johnson Foundation Auditorium.

The venue is wheelchair accessible with lifts on each floor. Arrangements for private breastfeeding facilities have been put in place and guests are welcome to bring their dependants, as long as provisions for young children have been taken into consideration (parents/guardians must supervise their children at all times).
LJMU’s Equality & Diversity Team will arrange Lip-Speakers on request (please use email address below).

Lunch will be provided for all attendees on the day and the following dietary requirements will be catered for; meat, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options will be available. If you have any other dietary and additional requirements, or have any questions please email equality@ljmu.ac.uk before Wednesday 14 March 2018 using the subject header 'Athena Lecture Series 2018'.

This lecture has been organised by LJMU's Athena Swan Working Group and Equality and Diversity Team.