Critically thinking about Race, Religion and Belief/Non Belief

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Upper Lecture Theatre

Peter Jost Centre, Byrom Street


L3 3AF

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Arrival: 12pm

(Multicultural food provided – followed by talk at 1pm)


Event speakers / Performer:

Barrister Zia Chaudhry MBE - Barrister, Author, Speaker

Talk title: Muslims from British and International Communities – A history or a future?

Zia will also cover in his talk, the interlink between culture, race and religious belief or non-belief and observing religious practices.


Emy Onuora – Speaker and Author

Talk title: How can sport help us to think more critically about race and racism?

Emy will critically consider race, racism, unconscious bias intercultural competence and intersectionality.


Ishi Khan Jackson - BAME stand-up comedian

Her latest show, “Ishi Khan-Jackson: I’mMigrant!” tackles migration, identity & belonging. Zambian-born, with Indian roots, Ishi calls Britain home.


Biographies of Speakers:

Zia Chaudhry MBE is a British born Muslim whose parents originated from Pakistan. Having grown up in Liverpool, he went on to establish his legal career there as a barrister specialising in criminal law after he was called to the Bar in 1991.

Outside of his legal practice, Zia has been actively involved in interfaith work for almost twenty years, with a particular emphasis on dispelling misunderstanding about Islam and Muslims.

In 2005 he became the first Muslim Chair of the Merseyside Council of Faiths. He is a trustee of Gladstone’s Library, a legacy of former Prime Minister William Gladstone, having earlier been involved in the establishing of the House of Wisdom which contains the library’s Islamic collection.  Zia has also increased his media work and has appeared on BBC Breakfast to review the newspapers.

More recently Zia’s first book, Just Your Average Muslim, was published. This timely story of his personal journey growing up as a Muslim in the United Kingdom was originally intended to serve as a guide for his own children but quickly developed to address wider issues concerning Islam and Muslims.

In Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours List of 2015 Zia was awarded an MBE for services to interfaith relations in Merseyside. 

Emy Onuora is a writer and educationalist and is the brother of former professional footballer Iffy Onuora and Olympic medallist Anyika Onuora. After working as a Careers Adviser, Emy worked in widening participation at Sheffield Hallam University, Edge Hill University and at the University of Liverpool.

In 2015, his book ‘Pitch Black: The Story of Black British Footballers’ was published, and charted the rise and experiences of black footballers in the UK and included interviews with over 20 former footballers including John Barnes, Viv Anderson and Cyrille Regis. Emy achieved a MA in Ethnic Studies and Race Relations from the University of Liverpool. He is currently researching barriers to BAME leadership in elite sports.

Ishi is a happy stand up comedian, laughter therapy workshop facilitator and tickling jester. Her latest show, “Ishi Khan-Jackson: I’mMigrant!” tackles migration, identity & belonging. Zambianborn,with Indian roots, Ishi calls Britain home. Does that make her Brizambdian?

 This is Ishi’s second stand up show. Her first, “I am Happy!” was nominated for Funny Women’s best show award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013. The renowned Three Weeks reviewed here as an “engaging raconteur” and Female Arts awarded her a four star review. I am Happy was self produced. It toured over 7 cities.

 Ishi is a qualified Mechanical Engineer, turned comedian. She started off by running a comedy night in 2008, where she was the resident compere. In reality Ishi has been making people laugh since she was born. She came out crying & they all laughed!

 Ishi has been honoured to support acts such as Signatures (Britain’s Got Talent), Sarah Millican; Mock the Week’s Dara O’Brian; John Hegley; Peep show’s Isy Suttie; Paul Foot, Patrick Monahan, Suzy Bennett, Shazia Mirza, Brian Damage & Krystal & Gary Delaney.

 She is delighted to be part of to be part of the conference on critically thinking about race, religion and belief/ non-belief. Discussion like these are extremely important to begin understanding and planning strategies to move forward together.

 As well as comedy, Ishi loves traveling, climbing trees and singing to the moon.

She speaks English, Punjabi and fluent Cat. She loves empowering, distressing and team building through unique bespoke laughter therapy workshops.

She loves to connect. So go ahead and make her day by

1. Stopping by her website

2. Adding her as a friend on Facebook

3. Connecting with her on twitter

@ishi2funny / Linkedin

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As places are limited, please do register your interest by emailing  and for more information, please contact Laura Pieroni via email at


This event is organised as part of LJMU's celebration of Black History Month.

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