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Is neighbourliness a virtue? A live-streamed discussion over dinner

Tuesday 9 April, 7.30pm

This event was live streamed from our Tenancy house via Facebook Live and is now available to view on YouTube

Is neighbourliness a virtue? Tune in to a discussion over dinner with speakers Dr Erinma Bell, Professor Michael Brady and Mohammed Ullah, and guests.

Dr Erinma Bell, Professor Michael Brady and Mohammed Ullah.

Hosted in our Tenancy house in Irwell Riverside, Salford, the dinner will be broken by three provocations on the value of neighbourliness given by: Dr Erinma Bell, who founded the CARISMA charity to tackle gang crime in Inner South Manchester; philosopher Michael Brady from the University of Glasgow; and Mohammed Ullah, Muslim chaplain at the universities of Manchester.

Manchester and Salford have been subject to unprecedented growth and development in recent years. Our Tenancy project responds to this change and asks questions about how these cities are being shaped – who is making decisions and who is benefitting, and what impact is this having on the people who live here, on neighbourliness and how we live together.


Dr Erinma Bell MBE is co-founder and CEO of CARISMA, a front-line community-based group offering young people positive alternatives to street and gun crimes in Inner South Manchester. Her work aims to build social capital at grassroots levels to promote social cohesion and bring about peace. She is a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and is regularly recognised as one of the most influential and inspiring women in Greater Manchester. In 2016 she became the first woman to have a statue of herself go on display at Manchester Town Hall. The sculpture is made from 50 recycled guns as a tribute to her work reducing gun and gang crime in Manchester.

Michael Brady is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow and Quarantine’s philosopher-in-residence. His main research areas are the philosophy of emotion and the nature and value of suffering. He has published monographs on these subjects, including Emotional Insight (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Suffering & Virtue (Oxford University Press, 2018). He was Principal Investigator, along with David Bain, on a major three-year interdisciplinary project The Value of Suffering, funded by the John Templeton Foundation His introductory book Emotions: The Basics was published by Routledge in 2018, and they also published a book he co-edited Philosophy of Pain in 2018.

Mohammed Ullah is the Muslim chaplain for the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. He works alongside other faith chaplains and support services within the universities to provide pastoral care, support and be a compassionate presence on campus to students of all faiths and none. Before becoming a chaplain at the University of Manchester six years ago, he was a student there, studying law (LLB) and then Arabic and Islamic studies (BA). As well as working with mosques across the country, he is involved in various local community projects and charities as a volunteer and trustee, including #WeStandTogether and Manchester Central Foodbank.