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University of Bayreuth, Press release No. 180/2021, 09. December 2021

"Educational justice - the pandemic and its consequences for children and young adults": Invitation to the Christmas Lecture

The University of Bayreuth and the Universitätsverein Bayreuth e.V. invite you to the traditional Christmas Lecture, organised and designed by the Institute for Medical Management and Health Sciences. This year, Elke Büdenbender, administrative judge and wife of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, could be won as a keynote speaker. She will speak on the topic of "Educational justice - the pandemic and its consequences for children and young adults".

Peace, contemplation, and coming together with the people who are close to you. This is what the Christmas season represents more than any other time of the year. However, as in the past year, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic means that this year's get-together is only possible on a small scale. This was also the case at the traditional Christmas Lecture of the University of Bayreuth and Universitätsverein Bayreuth e.V.

Coronavirus is not only looming over Christmas, but also over everyday life. That is why the pandemic is the focus of Elke Büdenbender's lecture.

Children and young people are among the most vulnerable groups. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic of the past two years has made this clear to us once again. Not because the viral disease is particularly threatening to the health of this age group, but because contact restrictions, school cancellations, kindergarten closures, and empty lecture halls have led to manifold burdens and dangers. This hits the socially vulnerable the hardest, and the question is whether there can be fair compensation for the younger generation in the future.

Elke Büdenbender, a highly distinguished lawyer, has gained a wide range of experience at the side of the Federal President, particularly in this area. In her Christmas lecture, she will report on this and engage in a discussion with students.

Date / Time / Place

16 December 2021, 6:00 p.m., as a live stream at https://www.img.uni-bayreuth.de

About the lecturer

Elke Büdenbender comes from Weidenau in the district of Siegen. After training as an industrial clerk, she caught up on her Abitur at the Siegerland-Kolleg. In 1985 she began studying law at Justus Liebig University in Giessen. During her studies she met Frank-Walter Steinmeier in 1988, whom she married in 1995. Since Steinmeier became Federal President, Büdenbender has been Germany's First Lady and has taken a leave of absence. Before that, she had been a judge at the Berlin Administrative Court from 2000. Among other things, Büdenbender is patron of Unicef Germany.

 The annual Christmas Lectures…

are jointly organised by the Institute for Medical Management & Health Sciences of the Faculty of Law, Business & Economics at the University of Bayreuth and Universitätsverein Bayreuth e.V.. They are an integral part of the pre-Christmas University events in Bayreuth, and offer an excellent opportunity to reflect on the last twelve months, and to discuss relevant socio-political issues in a festive setting. In previous years, the following personalities have held the Christmas Lecture: Hubertus Heil (2020), Martin Schulz (2019), Katrin Göring-Eckardt (2018), Sigmar Gabriel (2017), Christian Wulff (2016), Bert Rürup (2015), Wolfgang Thierse (2014), Christine Bergmann (2013), Norbert Lammert (2012), Jean Asselborn (2011), Joachim Gauck (2010), Gerhard Schröder (2009), Wolfgang Huber (2008), Thomas de Maiziére (2007), Stefan Krieger (2006), Jürgen Fliege (2005), Brigitte Zypries (2004), Wolfgang Schäuble (2003), Lothar Späth (2002), and Joachim Gauck (2001).

Jennifer OpelDeputy Press & PR Manager

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