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The University’s Department of Geography and International Development has organised the series, which is free to attend and open to all.

On Tuesday, February 12 at 7.30pm, in partnership with Amnesty International, the country of Eritrea will be under the spotlight. Amnesty International’s Country Coordinator, Alex Jackson, will be discussing its history, politics and human rights record. Alex has lived and worked in Eritrea and offers an insight into human rights issues in the country, particularly since the recent political agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia. He will also discuss Amnesty’s prisoner of conscience, Aster Fissehatsion, who has not been seen for 15 years.

On Tuesday, March 5, global debt and its impact on development will be discussed, in partnership with Chester World Development Forum. The guest speaker will be Nick Dearden, CEO of the charity Global Justice Now. Global Justice Now is a democratic social justice organisation, working as part of a global movement to challenge the powerful and create a more just and equal world. The charity acts in solidarity with those fighting injustice, particularly in the global south.

The final lecture in the series is Dealing with disease: evaluating global and local responses in the developing world’. In partnership with the Royal Geographical Society, Senior Lecturer Gill Miller’s talk on Tuesday April 30 will be exploring the challenges facing global and local stakeholders in dealing with disease in the developing world. It uses the examples of ebola and the jigger epidemic to illustrate the complexity of the ‘therapeutic landscape,’ which brings together geographical, social, cultural, economic and political aspects of health.

Gill Miller said: “The Department of Geography and International Studies has a proud history of attracting a range of key strategic global players in the field of International Development to speak in Chester. I am delighted that we will continue that tradition with our current lecture series. These lectures are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend – no need to book in advance, just turn up on the evening.”

All three lectures take place on the Parkgate Road Campus in the Best Building, Room CBB115 at 7.30pm.

‘Eritrea: history, politics and human rights’ takes place at Tuesday February 12;Global debt and its impact on development’ takes place on Tuesday March 5; andDealing with disease: evaluating global and local responses in the developing world’ takes place on Tuesday April 30.

More information about studying International Development Studies at the University of Chester can be found at: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/international-development-studies-combined/201909

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