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University chosen as viewing party for TEDx talk ‘Transforming Lives’ from Geneva

“The talk will include remarkable stories on a range of topics from human trafficking, modern day slavery, to the refugees and migration” Franc Jegede

Date posted: 5 February 2016

The Bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern, will present a live talk from the University of Derby on February 11, as part of a TEDx talk titled ‘Transforming Lives’.

The University has been invited to be a viewing party for this event, which will be broadcast from the Palais des Nations in Geneva to One Friar Gate Square in Derby. The event will be opened by the University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kathryn Mitchell. 

TEDx is a program of self-organised events that bring people together to share their experience and discuss a variety of topics.

The event will bring together eleven diverse and distinguished speakers, all of whom have made a real difference in people’s lives around the world, including: Dennis Liotta, Drug Discoverer, Thabitha Khumalo, Democracy Advocate and Scott Foster, Energy Activator.

Franc Jegede, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Derby said: “It is a great honour for me and the University to be invited to organise this TEDx event at Derby as part of a global United Nations Geneva initiative.

“The talk will include remarkable stories on a range of topics from human trafficking, modern day slavery, to the refugees and migration, which will be told by scientists, peacemakers, innovators, and humanitarian workers.

“It is my hope that our students will see how their studies could help equip them with necessary skills required to go out into the world and make a positive difference to people’s lives. To me, that is the essence and purpose of education.

“Regardless of their course or programme students will benefit from listening, discussing and sharing ideas with leading thinkers and doers who will share their experiences during the event.”

The United Nations is the highest intergovernmental organisation in the world. This global institution connects all countries and people around the world in its effort to transform and improve the social economic and political condition of people all-over-the-world.

Franc added: “As the creator and programme leader for International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Derby, I have developed academic and professional links with the United Nations’ work and activities in Geneva for over a decade. This has enabled me to provide the opportunity for our students to visit the United Nations on an annual basis to learn about their work.”

 For further press information please contact Jenny McNicholas, University of Derby Press Officer, on 01332 592279 or email: J.McNicholas@derby.ac.uk