COVENTRY LORD MAYOR Jack Harrison joined many distinguished guests at Ellen Terry on Thursday for the fourth birthday celebrations of Coventry Conversations.
Cake was cut and speeches made at the event on Thursday evening, which coincided with the 200th conversation held earlier that day with Pete Clifton, Head of Multi-platform BBC News online.
Prof. Dean Martin Wooley spoke of how these innovative talks have helped raise the academic and public profile of the university: “Over a relatively short period Coventry Conversations has grown rapidly from being a series of highly successful events to become an institution – albeit one with attitude.” Writes Nadia Baird
Journalism lecturer, John Mair, the creator of Coventry Conversations, has put his 30 years in broadcast journalism and his enviable address book to good use bringing some of the biggest movers and shakers in the media industry to Coventry University over the last four years.
All guests who are invited to speak attend free of charge and recordings of the conversations are available as podcasts on ITunes U, with an impressive half a million downloads to date making them some of the most popular academic content availible.
Coinciding with this celebration is a month long exhibition in the Ellen Terry building displaying all past promotional posters for the various luminaries who have attended.
By Nadia Baird
Photos courtesy of Sai Kumar