Below is the original draft of a speech I gave on November 23, 2015 — in the framework of the Professional Speaking Skills class, at the University of Graz.
I was nervous and my speech didn’t go according to plan, so the text and the video are not exactly the same. For YouTube version click here.
[Taking a picture of the podium and sending via WhatsApp it to mother in Syria.]
A few months before I was born, my uncle passed away. Decades before that, when he was my age, he completed his studies in the UK, where he lived for years away from his mother. My mother once told me that grandmother used to ask her to put on Radio London, even though she never understood English. At the time, telephone was not an option, not in the part of Syria where they lived. Somehow, listening to the BBC was the only way my grandmother could relate to her son. Continue reading “Digitization and Social Networks (Pros and Cons)”