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The Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival will host a panel discussion on 21 October 2021 with the founders and members of the editorial board of Unapologetic. Unapologetic is a new magazine that brings together artists, academics, creatives, and activists to support minority voices and to build a comprehensive view of the social issues in Irish society. The panellists are Sandrine Uwase Ndahiro, Gareth Brinn, Margaret Mills Harper, Aisha Bolaji, Ashley Chadamoyo Makombe, and Mary Conlon. You can book a free ticket to this online event here.

About the panellists:

Sandrine Uwase Ndahiro is an English Ph.D. student in the University of Limerick. Sandrine’s research centres on third generation African writers, such as Afrofuturists, who have emerged during the era of late liberalism and who have introduced multiple and nuanced perspectives for reflecting on African lives and aspirations. She recently co-produced a documentary entitled Unsilencing Black Voices which details personal stories and accounts by members of the black community in Ireland. Sandrine’s work now highlights the lived experiences of the Black and Irish community with her recent publication of her essay ‘Irishness does not mean whiteness’.

Gareth Brinn is an MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning Student at the University of Limerick. Gareth also has a BA in Joint Honours (English and Sociology). Gareth has been an active member of the University’s community having volunteered with the Communities Committee and been a student leader. Gareth also believes in writing as a form of activism having published work for Unsilencing Black Voices and Douglass Week. Gareth is also a panellist for Gorm Media which produces a bi-weekly YouTube series that dissects the social issues facing Ireland today.

Margaret Mills Harper is Glucksman Professor of Contemporary Writing in English at the University of Limerick. She specialises in twentieth- and twenty-first–century Irish and American (US) literature in English, especially poetry, with particular attention to gender/race/class. One abiding focus is on the occult life and work of W. B. Yeats. She is the author or editor of seven books and numerous essays.

Ashley Chadamoyo Makombe is a writer, producer and Co-Founder of The GALPAL Collective, an arts and multimedia collective created to highlight and celebrate the work of marginalised and diverse young creatives in Ireland. Ashley has always been interested in arts, having studied both musical theatre and acting in her youth, and during that time she has also worked with Tallaght Community Arts, Eurobug Lithuania and Ireland, Tallaght Young Filmmakers, Rua Red Youth Arts Council and NOISE Flicks film festival and HER International Film Festival. She is currently in her 2nd year of Journalism Studies at the Technological University Dublin, Irelands largest media training centre.

Mary Conlon is the founder and Artistic Director of Ormston House, a cultural resource centre in Limerick city. She was the inaugural International Curator-in-Residence at the Aarhus Billedkunstcenter in Denmark, and the Artistic Director of Memory of Water, the Creative Europe project in six international cities. In 2019, she was nominated to the Arts Council’s peer panel, and in 2020, she was elected by the Public Participation Network to the local government’s Strategic Policy Committee for Community, Leisure and Culture. Also in 2020, she was selected for the Helsinki International Curators Programme by Frame Finland and HIAP, and for the Cultural Leadership Programme by Trans Europe Halles.

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