UGA educational forum to focus on global security and development

UGA educational forum to focus on global security and development

Athens, Ga. – A cross-section of University of Georgia faculty and students will discuss their research and teaching efforts on issues surrounding global security and development during a two-day educational forum at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel on March 25-26.

Many of the presenters at the UGA Educational Forum for Globalization on Culture, Research and Teaching are scholars with expertise in this year’s topics-security and development. Security is broadly defined to include not only the welfare of ordinary people but also nations. Development concerns human and material resources used to advance economic and social progress in global societies.

The two-day forum offers the opportunity for professors and students from colleges across campus, as well as visitors, to learn about the research and teaching taking place within other colleges at UGA.

Some of the faculty presenters, their departments and topics include:

– Sergio Quesada, anthropology, “NAFTA, Immigration and Drug Cartels: All in the same dish;”

– Igor Kripunov, associate director, Center for International Trade and Security, “Africa and its Nuclear Renaissance;”

– Alan Godlas, religion, “Resources for Applying Terror Management Theory, Hermeneutics, and Emotional Intelligence Training in Educational Development of Islamic Africa and the Middle East.;”

– Maria Navarro, agricultural leadership, education, and communication, “Teaching about Latin America, Agriculture, and the Millennium Development Goals;”

– James Oloya, epidemiology and biostatistics, “Food Security in the Greater Horn of Africa: A case study of the Karamoja pastoral system.”

The first day of the forum will focus on research concerning Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. The second day will focus on sia, Oceana and Europe. Registration is free.

This year’s presenters are from a variety of colleges and backgrounds including the College of Arts and Sciences (Bram Tucker, Susan Tanner, Thomas Whigham), the College of Public Health, the Warnell School of Forestry and National Resources (Uttiyo Raychaudhuri), (the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Cesar Escalante) and the School of Public and International Affairs (Maurits Van Der Veen, Markus Crepaz). In addition, speakers from the Center for International Trade and Security (Dmitriy Nikonov, Scott Jones) and International Center (Michael Beck) will provide research on topics such as “Powering Asian Growth: Energy Security Challenges,” “Nuclear Energy Renaissance: Security for Central/Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union,” and “Nuclear Disarmament Efforts: Implications for Security and Development.”

Sponsors of the forum include the President’s Venture Fund, the African Studies Institute, the College of Education, the department of kinesiology, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of African American Studies, the Office of Institutional Diversity and the Latin America and Caribbean Studies Institute.

For more information and online registration, see www.coe.uga.edu/cuspa/conference/.