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Kozmetsky Center Spring 2011 Preview: Social Equality
Kozmetsky Center at St. Edwards University

February, 2011

This spring, the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edward's University will present experts to enhance our knowledge of social equality in a globalized world. These topics will include transforming education; poverty and sustainable development; and energy, environment, and climate change. All events are free to the public.

February -- Transforming Education in the 21st Century

Fact, Fiction and the New World: The Role of Books in the Making of America.
Feb. 1–28
Exhibit in Scarborough-Phillips Library
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

When Cortés set out from Cuba for Mexico, he was told to look for the Amazons, a kingdom of women found in books but not in the geography of the real world. In many instances, books determined what people would look for in the New World and how they would interpret what they actually did see. These resources will set people thinking about the power of stories and the lure of new found lands.

Education for the 21st Century: No Child Left Behind for Higher Education?
Feb. 9, 7–8:30 p.m.
Jones Auditorium, Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center
Dr. Fritschler will discuss the role of higher education, education policy making, and educating for the 21st century. Dr. Fritschler served as Assistant Secretary of Education in the Clinton Administration, where he was responsible for setting higher education policy and administering the department's higher education programs, which include student financial aid, FIPSE, GEAR UP, TRIO, international education, the Fulbright program, graduate programs, Developing Institutions, and the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and University.

  • Dr. A. Lee Fritschler, Professor and Director of Executive Education in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University

Educating Young Leaders for Human Rights and Peacebuilding
Feb. 15, 7–8:30 p.m.
Maloney Room, Main Building and UT-Austin
Jeff Helsing, Dean of Curriculum, Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, United States Institute of Peace will discuss the role of education for peacebuilding, the relevance of human rights, international conflict, and peacebuilding for young people today. He will then take part in the conference Aftershocks: Legacies of Conflict at UT Austin. The Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance is co-sponsoring this event.

  • Jeff Helsing, Dean of Curriculum, Academy for International Conflict Management, United States Institute of Peace

"Aftershocks: Legacies of Conflict"
Feb. 17-18
University of Texas School of Law, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, Seventh Annual Conference

"Aftershocks: Legacies of Conflict" will bring together scholars, activists, performance artists and journalists to explore some of the same intersections of violence, the colonial past, memory, and trauma that Black Watch invokes, as well as the unique role that performance might play in the analysis. It will consider these issues in a variety of geographic spaces and places, with a special emphasis on the legal and political regimes that are meant to preserve memory while also transitioning into post-conflict. This conference requires registration. To register go to the conference website at http://www.utexas.edu/law/conferences/aftershocks/index.php.

March –– Poverty and Sustainable Development

Is it possible to alleviate poverty within the context of sustainable development?

March 9, 7 p.m.
Jones Auditorium, Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center

Stephen Vetter's work has been focused on helping poor communities and their leaders overcome poverty. He served as president of Eureka Communities, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the leadership skills of NGOs combating poverty. Mr. Vetter also worked for the Inter-American Foundation for 21 years in different positions including president and program vice president. He has advised a number of major foundations, including the Ford, Mott, and Annie E. Casey Foundations, the White House, the U.S. Congress, and the Inter-American Development Bank on developing a framework for supporting civil society in the hemisphere. Mr. Vetter has worked with national organizations such as the Council on Foundations, the Independent Sector and the Public Education Network.

  • Stephen Vetter, President and CEO, Partners of the Americas

Film Screening: "Los Herederos" (The Inheritors), in collaboration with Cine Las Americas
March 30, 7 p.m.
Jones Auditorium, Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center

Los herederos is a portrait of the young children in the Mexican countryside who begin to work at an early age. The film focuses on their daily struggle for survival and their activities in farming, sculpting and painting, shepherding, making bricks, weaving, looking after their siblings, collecting waste, and laboring in a myriad of other activities. They have inherited tools and techniques from their ancestors, but they have also inherited their day-to-day hardship because, as generations pass, child workers seem to remain captive in a cycle of inherited poverty.

April -- Energy, Environment, and Climate Change
April 19, 7 p.m.
Maloney Room, Main Building

Since 1982, Daniel Misleh has been involved in the social mission of the Church. He has served as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Director of Diocesan Relations for the Department of Social Development and World Peace. He has trained Catholic leaders around the country in the principles of Catholic social teaching, parish social ministry, community organizing, and the Catholic approach to issues such as agriculture, environment, criminal justice and the death penalty.

  • Daniel Misleh, Executive Director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change

Established through a gift from Ronya Kozmetsky and her late husband, George, the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance promotes understanding of global issues.

The Kozmetsky Center's programs present a broad spectrum of experts who are chosen for their ability to enrich the intellectual life of the university community, as well as to inform the broader public. Their presence is part of St. Edward's University's efforts to generate discussion of major national and international public policy issues.

More information about the Kozmetsky Center.



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