PULITZER PRIZE WINNER SHERYL WUDUNN AT LA ROCHE COLLEGE FOR SIXTH ANNUAL GLOBAL PROBLEMS, GLOBAL SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE NOV. 12-13
Pittsburgh, PA – October 15, 2010 – Pulitzer Prize winner Sheryl WuDunn will be the keynote speaker for the Sixth Annual Global Problems, Global Solutions Conference on Friday and Saturday, Nov.12-13, at the Kerr Fitness and Sports Center at La Roche College, 9000 Babcock Boulevard, McCandless. This year’s theme is the United Nations Millennium Goals as they address women’s and children’s issues. The conference is free and open to the public.
Friday’s session opens at 6:30 p.m. and features WuDunn’s address and book signing. Saturday’s plenary session and workshops run from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Along with conference host La Roche College, principal sponsors are Brother''s Brother Foundation, Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Global Solutions Education Fund and Global Studies with additional support from the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education.
Keynote speaker WuDunn, the first Asian–American to win a Pulitzer Prize, is best known for her works co-authored with her husband Nicolas Kristof including “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” This New York Times best-selling book has been featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Colbert Report” and other network television programs. WuDunn also has been leading the development of the Half the Sky multi-media effort to create a thoughtful, effective philanthropic strategy that includes an online social action campaign, a documentary series and a television special. Currently, she is president of TripleEdge, a social investing consultancy, and works as a director with Mid-Market Securities, an investment banking boutique serving the middle market.
La Roche History professor Paul Le Blanc, Ph.D., will present “The UN Millennium Development Goals in Perspective” at Saturday’s plenary session, which is followed by a panel discussion.
Among the panelists is Carolyn S. Miles, Chief Operating Officer, Save the Children USA. Miles made the transition to the nonprofit sector from American Express, where she worked in the credit card group in New York and travel-related services in Hong Kong and New York. She was also a successful private entrepreneur, building a retail coffee café business that grew to 40 stores across Asia. She brought her management skills to Save the Children in 1998, first as associate vice president and then as vice president and managing director for sponsorship and marketing. In 2004, she was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Conference workshops will cover a variety of social issues. Saturday’s topics include: Economic Empowerment of Women; The Feminization of AIDS: Culture, Poverty, and Migration; Women''s Agency within Poverty: Violence, Religion, and Strategies for Change; and Afghan’s Women’s Writing Project: Voices of Empowerment from One of the Worst Places on Earth to be a Woman.
A feature of the conference will be the exhibit “In Sisterhood: The Women''s Movement in Pittsburgh.” “In Sisterhood” is an oral history project designed to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of this inspiring aspect of the region''s history and to highlight how progress was achieved through the hard work and determination of a diverse group of local grassroots activists. This exhibit opens officially on Nov. 1 in the Cantellops Gallery in Zappala College Center on the La Roche campus. It is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through Nov. 19.
"Our conference sponsors truly believe that we can affect change and combat the difficult challenges that exist now and threaten our future generations,” notes Le Blanc. “We are proud to host this coming together of educational institutions, community organizations, students and concerned citizens. Together, we must work to make more people aware of social injustices so they may be changed and, as a result, provide a brighter future for those who will be the leaders of tomorrow.”
The complete conference schedule and online registration is available at www.laroche.edu/global. While the conference is free, registration is required. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. Saturday lunch is $6.
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About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors among today’s college students. La Roche combines educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being, and more to offer students preparation for life in a constantly changing global society.