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2008.10.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: bnewsam@unomaha.edu

Global Studies and European Studies Conferences Set for Oct. 2-4

Omaha - Two conferences will convene at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 2-4, to focus on international issues. New this year, “Conference Within a Conference: Afghanistan” will coincide with the other conferences and discuss a variety of topics involving Afghanistan, including natural resources, reconstruction and the country’s future.

Conference activities will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) on the UNO campus. All events - except for the Oct. 2 “Global Studies Conference: Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East” (GSC) dinner/keynote address and Oct. 3 luncheon/keynote address - are free to UNO faculty, staff and students.

The 31st annual GSC will feature more than 30 panels and presentations on economics, immigration, ethics and ideology, media, security, literature and study abroad. The keynote speaker is Lawrence Crandall, former Mission Director for USAID Afghanistan.

Crandall has 30 years of experience in developing and managing large and politically complex development programs in areas throughout the world, including the former Soviet Union, Haiti, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Vietnam and Bangladesh. Crandall will present a keynote address, “A Few Painful Counterinsurgency Lessons Since 9/11,” on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the MBSC Ballroom. The social hour prior to the keynote address begins at 5 p.m. in the MBSC Chancellor’s Room, with dinner at 5:45 p.m. in the MBSC Ballroom. The cost to attend is $30, and pre-registrations can be made by calling Vickie Stone at (402) 554-2376.

The 33nd Annual European Studies Conference (ESC) will take place concurrently with the GSC and feature 42 panels focusing on multi-faceted perspectives on the present, past and future of the European continent. The interdisciplinary conference will include more than 120 participants from colleges and universities in the United States and from abroad. Areas of interest include art, history, languages and literature, along with current issues and future prospects in cultural, political, social and economic areas, philosophy, music, theater and film.

The ESC keynote speaker is M. Jean-Baptiste Main de Boissière, consul general of France in Chicago since 2007. Jean-Baptiste Main de Boissière is a career diplomat and a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, France’s top school for civil service, and the Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Jean-Baptiste Main de Boissière has held positions in both the public and private sectors. Prior to being posted in Chicago, he was designated as special representative for business affairs in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Jean-Baptiste Main de Boissière will speak at a luncheon planned for Thursday, Oct. 2, beginning at noon in the MBSC Ballroom. His talk is titled “Which Role for Europe in the XXI Century?”

“These conferences are a valuable supplement to our students’ coursework,” said Rory Conces, GSC program chair and associate professor of philosophy at UNO. “They are informative arenas in which students get an opportunity to listen to scholars and practitioners from around the world.”

For more information about the GSC, visit http://world.unomaha.edu/twsc/index.php or call Conces at (402) 554-2628. Details on the ESC are available at http://www.unomaha.edu/esc/index.html or by calling Tatyana Novikov, conference organizer and UNO professor of foreign languages, at (402) 554-4840.

For details on the “Conference within a Conference: Afghanistan,” call Jack Shroder, conference organizer and assistant dean of International Studies and Programs, at (402) 554-2770 or visit http://world.unomaha.edu/twsc/downloads/2008_conference_at_a_glance.pdf.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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