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2012.09.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Shane Pekny- International Studies and Programs
phone: 402.554.2376 - email: spekny@unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Dual International Conferences in October

Omaha - Two conferences that focus on international issues will convene at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Thursday Oct. 4 to Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

Oct. 4 marks the start of the 35th Annual Global Studies Conference. This year’s conference will feature panels on the theme of water and global food security. Other topics will include Afghanistan, Africa, the Middle East, nation building, democratization, health care and literature.

Concurrently, the 37th Annual European Studies Conference will address multifaceted perspectives on the past, present and future of the European continent. Areas discussed will include art, history, languages and literature, philosophy, music, religion and film.

The interdisciplinary conferences draw students, scholars and professionals from many fields, colleges and universities across the United States and around the world. This year’s keynote speakers include Roberto Lenton and David Forsythe.

Lenton, is the founding executive director of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute. He will address the Global Studies Conference Oct. 4 starting with a 5 p.m. social hour and dinner before a 7 p.m. presentation.

Lenton is a professor of biological systems engineering at UNL and has decades of experience in water resources and sustainable development.

Forsythe is a professor emeritus of political science at UNL and will address the European Studies Conference at noon on Oct. 5 with his presentation, “Are Europeans from Venus?” As UNL’s Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor, Forsythe is widely known for his studies on human rights, international law and international organizations.

Lunch will be served during the presentation.

Those planning to attend either keynote event are asked to RSVP. All other conference events are free and open to the public, including students, faculty and staff at UNO.

For more information on the Global Studies Conference, contact Assistant Director Anne Ludwig, 402.554.2293, or visit world.unomaha.edu/gsc.

For more information on the European Studies Conference, contact Russian Professor Tatyana Novikov, 402.554.4840, or visit www.unomaha.edu/esc.

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