LA ROCHE COLLEGE TO HOST GLOBAL PROBLEMS, GLOBAL SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE ON APRIL 5-6
FORMER U.S. SENATOR GEORGE J. MITCHELL WILL BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER
PITTSBURGH, March 25, 2013 – On April 5 and 6, La Roche College will partner with sponsor organizations Brother’s Brother Foundation, GlobalPittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Council for Higher Education to host the eighth annual Global Problems, Global Solutions conference.
Organized to focus on critical global concerns, the conference will relate this year’s theme of peace and justice to the Millennium Development Goals, established by the United Nations to battle issues such as hunger and poverty, HIV and AIDS, gender inequality and child mortality. George J. Mitchell, former U.S. Senator and inaugural recipient of the La Roche College Peace Medal, will give the keynote address on Friday, April 5 at the Duquesne Club in downtown Pittsburgh. Mr. Mitchell served as U.S. Special Envoy and Independent Chairman of the Northern Ireland Peace Talks and as U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace. Registration will begin at 5:15 p.m., followed by the general session at 6:00 p.m.
The event will feature opportunities for conference registrants to volunteer in and around the Pittsburgh area on Saturday, April 6. From 9 a.m. to noon, registrants can volunteer with Brother’s Brother Foundation on Pittsburgh’s north side to prepare books and other educational materials that will be shipped to developing countries.
La Roche also will hold an experiential workshop titled “A Life of Peace and Justice,” on Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at its main campus in McCandless Township. The workshop, offered through La Roche’s new Global Development and Humanitarian Aid program, will provide an overview of the humanitarian aid field. Participants will engage in a simulation exercise, complete a competency assessment and learn about different humanitarian aid specializations. Additional volunteer activities are added daily and available at laroche.edu/global.
The conference is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required. To register online for the conference and to see a detailed schedule of events, visit www.laroche.edu/global.
For more information, contact Dr. Tom Schaefer at 412-536-1198 or Thomas.Schaefer@laroche.edu.
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 most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.