Minister of Defence at Week of Inspiration

| Michaela Nesvarova

The annual Week of Inspiration will take place from the 26th until the 29th of November. As opposed to previous years, the 2018 edition will not feature any workshops, only lectures. It will also include an interview with the Dutch Minister of Defence and a UT alumna Ank Bijleveld.

Photo by: Gijs van Ouwerkerk

This year’s event is bringing a few changes. It is organized by several parties - Studium Generale, the Young Academy of the UT and a student committee. The programme will only include lectures and, for the first time, no registration is required for joining the lectures. 

What are the main highlights of the 2018 Week of Inspiration? ‘We try to cover as many fields as possible in the programme,’ says Leon Smook, the chairman of the student committee. ‘I would of course say all the lectures are worth a visit, but if I had to pick only one I would recommend the interview with Ank Bijleveld. Where else will you get a chance to ask questions to the Minister of Defence?’

Another lecture Smook would call attention to is ‘Chinese Dreams’ by a Dutch photographer Ruben Terlou, who will share his experiences from China through his photographs. ‘That is something you would normally not encounter at the UT,’ thinks Smook.

Although most of the lectures are given by Dutch speakers, many of them will be in English - with the exception of the interview with Bijleveld. Lectures held during lunch will come with free lunch for all participants and the visitors of the evening lectures can look forward to a free drink. The full programme of Week of Inspiration can found here.  

Week of Inspiration is held every year in the week leading up to the Dies Natalis ceremony. It is open for anyone at the UT and intends to inspire through various activities and lectures by speakers from all disciplines.

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