Who is 'we the people'? Elif Shafak in conversation with Rachel Shabi

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The Centre for Turkey Studies is delighted to invite you to a discussion with award-winning novelist Elif Shafak. Shafak will be in conversation with journalist and author Rachel Shabi, questioning who are the 'people', who are the 'elites' and how do these pervasive conceptualisations affect debates about diversity, multiculturalism and racism in the context of Brexit, Trump, and rising populism around the world.

The event will take place in Committee Room 12 of the House of Commons on Tuesday 26th of March from 7pm to 9pm and will kindly be hosted by Alex Sobel MP.

Please note that security checks are required to enter the Houses of Parliament, we kindly ask you to arrive at 6.30pm, allowing the event to start and end on time.

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Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published seventeen books, eleven of which are novels. Her work has been translated into fifty languages. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne's College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. She is a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). An advocate for women's rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech, Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice a TED Global speaker, each time receiving a standing ovation. Shafak contributes to major publications around the world and she has been awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2017 she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people who would make the world better. She has judged numerous literary prizes and is chairing the Wellcome Prize 2019. www.elifshafak.com

An award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster, Rachel Shabi has reported extensively on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - she was a Jerusalem-based Guardian correspondent for five years - and the wider Middle East region, from the war between Lebanon and Israel in 2006, the Gaza war of 2008 and the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. As well as the Guardian, she has written for a variety of international publications, including The New York Times, The London Times, The Independent, Al Jazeera English, Foreign Policy, The New Statesman and The Nation.

Now based in the UK, Rachel is a regular commentator across broadcast media, including BBC News, Sky News and Al Jazeera English as well as BBC World Service radio. You can find her on news debates, papers reviews and programmes such as the Andrew Marr Show, BBC Newsnight, Dateline London, the Daily Politics and CNN Talk - bringing analysis and opinion on UK and world events. www.rachelshabi.net

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