Join us for the latest instalment of the Lib Dem Book Club!
WHAT IS IT?
Tower Hamlets Lib Dems are co-hosting a fortnightly book club along with the Camden and Watford local parties and in conjunction with the Young Liberals' Book Club.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
RSVP at the bottom of this page and we will send you all the details you need to join us!
Every two weeks: the next session will be Sunday 28th February at 8:00PM where we will discuss the book our members voted to read next: Black and British - A Forgotten History by David Olusoga.
|Sunday 28th February||Chapter 11 ('Darkest Africa')|
|Sunday 14th March||Chapter 12 ('We are a Coloured Empire')|
|Lib Dem Spring Conference (19th - 21st March)||Watch this space! :D|
Dates & chapters subject to change - we plan to cover the rest of the chapters after conference
This Chapter describes the Scramble for Africa in which the 'Great Powers' of Europe carved up Africa, the further evolution of racist thinking related to imperial propaganda, the rise of imperial exhibitions of (supposedly) African natives in Britain, and the communities and lives of black people who variously travelled to Britain from the United States, West Indies, and Africa, as well as the native black population of Britain, covering the period from the late 19th century until the outbreak of World War I.
WHAT'S THE FORMAT?
Read a chapter of the book and discuss it on an hour-long Zoom call once every two weeks.
We are currently reading Black and British - A Forgotten History by David Olusoga.
Bear in mind that we will discussed the unabridged version of the book. A new version has just come out entitled Black and British - A Short, Essential History (mainly aimed at schoolchildren). This version is also excellent and well worth a read (particularly if you don't have time to get into the original) but we will focus on the unabridged version in our discussions.
DO I HAVE TO HAVE READ THE BOOK TO PARTICIPATE?
Nope! You don't need to have read the book every time to participate in the discussion. However, we ask that you give priority to those who have read the book, and we ask that you keep to the topics and themes of the book.
Before each session, we will aim to send out an updated summary of the reading for the week, and some questions we will be discussing. You can find the summaries and questions to date here.
Our new book also has an accompanying BBC TV series, which can be found here:
But please bear in mind that the episodes won't match the book or our sessions exactly.
DO I HAVE TO BE A LIBERAL DEMOCRAT PARTY MEMBER TO JOIN THE BOOK CLUB?
No, the book club is open to anyone who is interested in the issues of Diversity & Inclusion and Liberalism, so feel free to bring friends along.
DOES IT COST ANYTHING?
No, other than buying, borrowing or listening to the book, there is no cost involved. We won't even try to guilt you into making a donation!
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
RSVP below and we will send you all the details you need to join us!
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