Roman Krznaric’s talk to Imagine Belfast

This is the Between The Lines podcast and this time we will not be hearing about people and events in North Belfast. We hear a fascinating talk given as part of the Imagine Belfast festival.

This year the 7th Imagine! Belfast festival of ideas. But this time – because of the circumstances we find ourselves in – it was an online only event.

In the festival we are encouraged to discusses the big issues of our times including new ideas on politics, culture, and activism. The team who put it together – led by Peter O’Neill – aim to bring a unique way of imagining the future of this great city.

One of the speakers this year was Roman Krznaric. His talk is “ROMAN KRZNARIC: CAN WE REDESIGN DEMOCRACY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS?”

He is a public philosopher who writes about the power of ideas to change society.

His new book is The Good Ancestor: How To Think Long Term in a Short-Term World.

He wants us to think about the ways we can redesign democracy for the benefit of both current and future generations.

In the book and in this talk, he explores the citizen assembly movements in Japan, pioneering legal struggles for intergenerational justice, and the appointment of ‘guardians of the future’.

Here at Between the Lines podcast we think Roman has something important to say about how we can work together to design our future. So, we are grateful to him and Imagine Belfast for allowing us to record the event and include it in this series.

Roman presented a number of slides during the presentation. You can see the most important ones at his website.

The talk was given on a Zoom link from his home and the audience were able to post some questions in the message box. Some of those questions are included in this recording.

Peter O’Neill to introduces the talk.

You can find a link to Roman’s website here  where you can find out more about the ideas behind The Good Ancestor and other ideas.

Once again, thanks to him and Peter O’Neill at Imagine Belfast for your co-operation.

The podcast is supported by the Community Relations Council and funded through the Executive Office.

Hugh Russell Interview

Boxer Hugh Russel

Gordie Walker is back for a new series of the Between The Lines podcast.

This episode features an extended interview with a man who has had two successful careers. And we’ll be meeting our new team member.

But first our main guest. When Hughie Russell was born, he weighed about the same as a bag of sugar you’d buy in supermarket. His family were living in north Belfast, then.

From there, he would go on to travel the world representing his sport at the highest level even winning a medal at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.

Boxer Hughie had the nickname Little Red – but boxing was not the only career that brought him celebrity and respect.

In this episode Gordie joined by our new guest interviewer Seamie O’Neill who visited Hughie to talk about that boxing career and how it led to him becoming a highly respected photographer for the Irish News and about growing up in Belfast in the 1960s and 70s.

 

The podcast is supported by the Community Relations Council and funded through the Executive Office

The Eamon Phoenix Lectures – Secret Societies in Ireland

Dr Éamon Phoenix

At the beginning of the first Covid lock-down this year, Intercomm started a series of public lectures given by Belfast historian Eamon Phoenix. And of course, these lectures had to be given online and live over Zoom.

Eamon is a distinguished historian and well-known broadcaster. He’s a teacher who tells stories and brings history to life.

Now, we are making some of the lectures available here on the Between the Lines podcast.

The first was about the history of Slavery in Belfast and the story of some of the statues in Belfast and further afield. The lecture was given in October 2020 during Black History Month.

The second lecture is about secret societies in Ireland. Many of these organisations began as secret but have over the years and decades, become mainstream social and political organisations. Many others are a mere memory – even a legend.

Some of the images Eamon refers to are below.

 Freemasons’ Hall, Molesworth St, Dublin

Freemasons’ Hall, Molesworth St, Dublin

Masthead of The Northern Star: organ of the
United Irishmen (1791-98)

Crown Entry: Birth-place of the United
Irishmen, 14 Oct. 1791

Link to:
The Twelfth of July in Portadown
John Lavery (1856–1941)
Ulster Museum

Orange Lodge with Henry Cooke banner

 

A Ribbon Lodge Meeting, 1820s

‘Wee Joe’ Devlin (1872-1934), West Belfast
Nationalist MP and AOH Leader

An AOH (Board of Erin)  Parade in Northern
Ireland, 1980s

A meeting of the American AOH

The Knights of Columbanus

The Eamon Phoenix Lectures – Belfast and Slavery

Dr Éamon Phoenix

At the beginning of the first Covid lock-down this year, Intercomm started a series of public lectures given by Belfast historian Eamon Phoenix. And of course, these lectures had to be given online and live over Zoom.

Eamon is a distinguished historian and well-known broadcaster. He’s a teacher who tells stories and brings history to life.

Now, we are making some of the lectures available here on the Between the Lines podcast. And this is the first.

It was given in October this year during Black History Month.

Over 45 minutes, Eamon explores Belfast’s history during the slave trade, the relationship between the city and the early days of America and the Caribbean. Also, at a time when staues were being brought down in the US and Britain, he also talks about some of the statues around Belfast.

The second lecture, Secret Societies in Ireland is available here.

(Illustration: Olaudah Equiano known for most of his life as Gustavus Vassa was a writer and abolitionist from, according to his memoir, the Eboe region of the Kingdom of Benin, today southern Nigeria.)

Limestone United

In this episode of the podcast we hear about Limestone United, a cross community football team that does a lot more than play football.

Gordie Walker talks to three menbers of the cross community football team who are working with young people at the interface.

In recent times there have been incidences of anti-social behaviour along the interfaces involving both large and small groups of young people. Limestone United members have been out almost every night talking to the young people and trying to get to the bottom of the anti-social behaviour.

Gordie Walker spoke to two players of the team – Phil and Deccie – and the founder former PSNI officer Brian.

If you want to get in contact with Limestone United or find out more, visit the Limestone United website and Facebook page.