9
Mar
2011

Mafia Women in Contemporary Italy

Dr. Ombretta Ingrasci (Queen Mary College, London & University of Milan) visits Coventry University to deliver a lecture to students.

She discusses mafia women, from traditional roles to leadership positions in contemporary Italy, and answers student questions on the changing role of women within mafia organisations.

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8
Mar
2011

African High Commissioners Q & A

In March 2011, the high commissioners from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Cameroon and Nigeria visited Coventry. In Coventry Cathedral, the high commissioners talk to students from Coventry University, and answer their questions on a variety of topics including politics, student issues and how young African people can contribute to the future of their country.

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23
Apr
2009

Why all Governments Need Spin - Nicholas Jones

Nicholas Jones was for many years BBC political correspondent. His books include Sultans of Spin, The Control Freaks, Soundbites and Spin Doctors and Trading Information. He has been involved in the world of politics for more than 30 years as a journalist, most prominently as the BBC’s political correspondent and in uniquely qualified to talk about how politicians can manipulate the media.

In this Coventry Conversation, Nicholas discusses why spin is central to all governments, both Tory and Labour.

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13
Feb
2009

Gordon Brown - ‘How We Are Helping the Nation out of the Economic Recession’

Gordon Brown recently visited Coventry University to speak to the City of Coventry about what the Government is doing to help Britain out of the financial crisis.

In this talk, the Prime Minister answers questions about jobs, unemployment, the local economy and the global recession. He also addresses the ways in which the crisis is effecting the public and charitable sectors.

This event took place on 13th February 2009 at Coventry University's Technocentre.

21
Jan
2009

Barack Obama? - John O Oucho

John O. Oucho holds a PhD in Population Geography from the University of Nairobi and was a post-doctoral fellow of the Carolina Population Centre in the University of Nairobi, University of Ghana and University of Botswana. He is a well-travelled and well-published academic and has participated in many international conferences, presenting papers and chairing sessions.

This Coventry Conversation was recorded just a day after Barack Obama won the presidency in the US. This is the subject of John's talk.

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27
Nov
2008

Spin, Blair and PR - Richard Peel

Richard Peel is at the top of the PR tree in Britain. He has ‘spun’ for many of the bluest chip organisations in Britain – The BBC, The ITC, Ofcom, The England and Wales Cricket Board and now Camelot the lottery operator.

In this Coventry Conversation Richard talks about spin, politics and public image.

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22
May
2008

Media and Politics - Nicholas Jones

Nicholas Jones has spent forty years chronicling the media’s relationship with politicians, trade union leaders and other prominent personalities. He is an active campaigner in groups promoting high journalistic standards and the widest possible spread of media ownership.

In this Coventry Conversation, Nick talks about spin and government.

More information can be found on Nicholas’ blog http://www.nicholasjones.org.uk/

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24
Apr
2008

Making 10 Days to War - Colin Barr

Colin Has worked as a TV Director and Producer, his credits include, as director, ‘The Secretary who stole £4 Million’ and ‘The Lavender List’. He was Director and Producer on ‘Get Carman: The Trials of George Carman QC’, ‘The rise of the Celebrity Class’, and a Producer on ‘Maxwell’ and ‘10 Days to War’.

In this talk, Colin describes his experiences of working in TV and focuses on the making of ‘10 Days to War’.

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17
Apr
2008

Zimbabwe, Kenya: Can Africa do Democracy? Dr Mano and Professor Oucho

Dr Winston Mano discusses Zimbabwe and Kenya with Professor John O. Oucho.

Dr Mano is a Course Leader; he has a Graduate Diploma in Media and Communication Studies and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Media and Communication Studies.

Prof Oucho has undertaken consultancies for various United Nations agencies, among them UNFPA, UNICEF, UNESCO, ILO, the world bank, UNHABITAT and other organisations.

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28
Feb
2008

Resigning from Government - Clare Short

lare Short was Secretary of State for International Development from 1997 to May 2003. DFID was a new Ministry created after the 1997 general election to promote policies for sustainable development and the elimination of poverty.

In 2003, Ms Short resigned from the government over the Iraq war and in 2006, she resigned the Labour Whip. She now sits as an Independent. She will leave Parliament at the next election.

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