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2010.09.22> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Two Conferences on International Issues

Omaha - Two conferences will convene at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 7 to 9, which will focus on international issues.

The 33rd annual Global Studies Conference: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East (GSC) will feature more than 25 panels and presentations on economics, immigration, ethics and ideology, media, security, literature and health issues. Said Tayeb Jawad, former ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United States, will be the conference’s keynote speaker.

As ambassador to the United States, Jawad has created one of the most successful missions in Washington, D.C., where he not only serves in the United States but also acts as non-resident ambassador to a number of South American countries. A fluent speaker of English, French and German, Jawad was educated in Afghanistan, France and Germany before earning his MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Subsequently, he worked for a number of prominent law firms in the United States.

Jawad has played a versatile and crucial role in the Afghan government, serving as presidential press secretary, chief of staff and director of the Office of International Relations, and as the president’s principal liaison for the Constitutional Commission. He has been equally active in his role as author, addressing issues relating to Afghanistan’s politics, social development, and historic heritage.

The social hour prior to the Oct. 7 keynote address begins at 5 p.m.; dinner and Jawad’s speech, at 6 p.m. The cost to attend the dinner is $40. Pre-registrations can be made by calling Vickie Stone at (402) 554-2376. For further information on the Global Studies Conference, please call Sajida Grande at (402) 554-2293 go to the conference website: http://world.unomaha.edu/twsc/

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The 35th Annual European Studies Conference (ESC) will also be held over the same three days as the GSC. It will feature 40 panels that will focus upon multifaceted perspectives on the present, past and future of the European continent. This interdisciplinary conference will draw more than 100 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.

Terry Clark, a politlcal science professor and the director of the graduate program in international relations at Creighton University, will give a special conference luncheon address on Friday, Oct, 8. He is a specialist in comparative politics, and received his bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Clark has published four books and numerous articles in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Public Choice, Political Science and Politics, Europe-Asia Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, Slavic Review, Eastern-European Politics and Societies, among others. He has also received grants to support his research and travel from the American Political Science Association, the Fulbright Committee, the International Research and Exchange Board, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Kennan Institute.

The event starts at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. While his address is primarily for those attending the conference, interested members of the public can call Tatyana Novikov, a UNO professor of Russian who serves as ESC coordinator, to make lunch reservation arrangements. Contact Novikov at (402) 554-4840. To see the entire ESC program, please visit http://www.unomaha.edu/esc.

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Activities for both conferences take place on the third floor of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) on the UNO campus. The UNO William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center will host the GSC dinner. All events, except for the Oct.7 GSC dinner/keynote address, and the Oct. 8 ESC luncheon/keynote address are free to UNO faculty, staff and students.

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