US class invites Rudd to have Skype conversation

Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, ninemsn
6:10pm February 20, 2013
February 20, 2013: A university lecturer from Virginia Tech has invited former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to a live Skype session and has offered a beer as payment for his time.

A US university professor has described Kevin Rudd as "the most digitally interactive politician on the entire planet" in an effort to get him to have a Skype conversation with his students.

In a video message uploaded to YouTube, Virginia Tech professor John Boyer praised Rudd's social media output and invited him to speak with students of his world regional geography class.

"Instead of just talking to people in Australia, we want you to hook up with people on the other side of the planet," Professor Boyer said.

"This is a formal invitation for you to Skype with us so you can inform an American audience what's going on and what's happening in Australia."

"But this just isn't me, a crazy college professor, asking you this."

"We got some peeps backing us up who want to see you here in this class," he said, before the camera panned to a room full of cheering students.

He even offered the former prime minister a beer for his time.

Kevin Rudd was receptive to the incentive, tweeting the class: "I was sceptical about your offer until I saw free beer."

Source: John Boyer

Author: Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, Approving editor: Nick Pearson

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