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Race in the media in the spotlight

Journalist and reporter for Channel 4’s critically acclaimed series Unreported World and Dispatches, Seyi Rhodes, is presenting a public lecture at the University of Gloucestershire as part of Black History Month.

Race in the Media: on the front lines takes place on Wednesday October 19 at Francis Close Hall, Swindon Road, Cheltenham.

Originally from South London, Seyi spent parts of his childhood living in Nigeria and Spain – he went to school in Bath and university in Bristol. He has worked in TV for more than a decade, reporting from danger zones all over the world, from favelas in Brazil and Guatemala to war zones in Ivory Coast and Libya. He has won a mental health media award and been nominated for an Amnesty Award.

Introduced by Dr Christian O’Connell, author and Senior Lecturer in American History at the University of Gloucestershire, the free event is part of the university’s Public Lecture Series. It is organised together with Black History Month Cheltenham, a partnership between Cheltenham Borough Council, the African Community Foundation, and the Cheltenham West End Partnership.

Dr O’Connell said: “We are delighted to welcome Seyi to the University of Gloucestershire. He will be showing and discussing extracts from his work from around the world, and we are looking forward to what promises to be a fascinating exploration of contemporary issues of race.”

The event starts with refreshments at 5pm, and the lecture is from 6pm until 7pm. The public lecture is free but tickets must be booked in advance.