21 May 2010: Immaculee Ilibagiza, author and survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, will be the keynote speaker at The Big Event 2010 (TBE2010) in July, a four-day national conference to be held at Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Melbourne Campus.
The national event is designed to engage students from all six campuses in social and conversational activities which explore personal, social justice, leadership, professional and spiritual issues.
Stephen Lawrence, Director of Identity and Mission at ACU, said the theme of this year’s event was Making a Difference. A future with hope (Jer 29:11).
“The Big Event 2010 is going to be four full days of pure fun, constant inspiration and amazing opportunities,” he said.
“The highlight without a doubt will be Immaculee Ilibagiza, whose journey through the darkness of genocide has touched millions of hearts worldwide. She is today regarded as one of world's leading speakers on peace, faith, and forgiveness.
“I encourage all students to get involved in what is sure to be the event of the year.”
Yvette Nehme from ACU’s Campus Ministry said TBE2010 was a great opportunity for staff and students from other campuses to meet, participate in workshops, listen to inspiring key-note speakers, and discuss and debate issues central to our lives.
“The Big Event is open to all students,” she said. “It’s about the Australian Catholic University community, so no matter what your faith, beliefs or values, it’s the worth of the person that counts, and all are welcome.”
TBE2010 will be held in Melbourne from 2- 5 July 2010.
TBE2010 is an initiative of the Identity & Mission Directorate in association with ACUNSA and the Office of Student Success.