TEDx Newcastle University is holding a ‘Would you ever…?’ event on Saturday, 3rd March.
The full-day event, starting at 9 a.m. with a talk by Dr Kevin Felstead titled “‘A National Disgrace – the Carol Felstead Scandal: a true story of false memory”. Dr Felstead is the Director of Communications for the British False Memory Society.
His talk on false memories will centre on his late sister Carol whose childhood memories were reordered through 20 years of protracted psychotherapy.
Dr Felstead’s talk on false memories will centre on his late sister Carol
Fodder for inspiration, no doubt, is a talk by Joseph Valente titled “Expelled from the Classroom to Billionaire Boardroom”. As BBC’s The Apprentice winner, Valente gained Lord Sugar as a business partner in his existing boiler installation business before parting ways in August 2017.
In his talk, Valente will reflect on his troubled schooldays and how an unflappable desire to succeed took him to his present station.
The next talk, titled “You can’t heal what you don’t acknowledge” by activist and campaigner Horcelie Sinda Wa Mbongo aims to end the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS.
The 22-year-old Fine Arts student was born with HIV. Her highly personal talk will centre on finding out – age 11 – that she was HIV-positive, on growing up with HIV and her views on the AIDS response.
The ‘Would you ever…?’ event is the latest in a series of informative events held by TEDx Newcastle University. In December, it held a ‘Technology’ session. This looked at the possibility of machines taking over human responsibilities. The week before that, it held a ‘Inspire Me’ session, which explored the theme of inspiration.
“This could be a tremendously informative event. I especially look forward to the talk by Dr Kevin Felstead”
Jamie Cameron, second-year politics student
Jamie Cameron, a second-year politics student, said: “This could be a tremendously informative event. I especially look forward to the talk by Dr Kevin Felstead on his late sister Carol. The mind is such a fragile thing, and I’ve always thought about how we remember our pasts.
It can do us all some good to remember this, and then seek to treat others with sensitivity and understanding. The way this shows how easily manipulated we can be is also a cause for concern.
This event may give us thoughts on how we should structure society to best make use of scientific developments and understanding”.