Gary Younge: Who Are We and Does It Matter in the 21st Century?

Sun 23rd Oct 2011


“The imitable, US based and award winning Guardian columnist Gary Younge comes to Oxford Oct 23rd to give a talk at Christ Church College.”

Clarissa Pabi, Oxford’s PPE Society and Tilt


Gary Younge’s latest book 'Who Are We – and Should It Matter in the 21st Century?' (Viking) probes questions of identity, solidarity and our affiliations in changing times. How we define ourselves affects every part of our lives: from violence on the streets to international terrorism; from changes in our laws to whom we elect; from our personal safety to military occupations. In this talk Younge will offer a timely overview of identity and affiliation in changing times featuring extracts from his book and followed by a Q & A and discussion.

Gary Younge is an award-winning journalist and writer based in New York. As a columnist and feature writer for the Guardian in 2009 he won the prestigious James Cameron award for his coverage of the Obama election and the "combined moral vision and professional integrity" of his work. His previous books include Stranger in a Strange Land, a compilation of his writings from the US and No Place Like Home, in which he retraced the route of the civil rights Freedom Riders through the Deep South.

Born in Hertfordshire to Barbadian parents, he grew up in Stevenage until he was 17 when he went to teach English in a United Nations Eritrean refugee school in Sudan with Project Trust. Gary Younge read French and Russian in Edinburgh before going on to study Newspaper Journalism. With his insightful gravitas, witty anecdotes and commentaries, this chance to hear Younge live at Oxford is truly unmissable.

Tickets are £4 for students and £6 for non-students and can be purchased here in advance or else on the door

This talk has been organised by student Clarissa Pabi and is in association with Oxford’s PPE Society and OBSC.

Younge’s ‘Who Are We and Does It Matter in the 21st Century? talk is part of a Book Tour produced by Tilt

Admission: £6(£4)

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