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FMU hosts NanYa international lectures, featuring State Department representative, foreign dignitaries, and FMU professors

FLORENCE -- Francis Marion University will host the NanYa International Lecture Series April 5, 7 and 8 to focus on world population pressure issues and implications of the Pacific Rim’s rise as a new global power center.  The series will begin Monday, April 5, with visiting U.S. State Department foreign dignitaries meeting with students in various FMU classes. 

Suzanne Petroni, a U.S. State Department representative, accompanied by foreign dignitaries from Mexico, India and Nigeria will be present at a luncheon on April 5 and will participate in discussions regarding the world’s rising population and related issues.  The group will meet with selected area businessmen, faculty and students at a dinner at 6 p.m. in the Ervin Dining Hall and a panel discussion on population issues will begin at 7 p.m. The lecture series was made possible by a gift from NanYa Plastics Corp.

Nine foreign dignitaries are visiting three sites in the United States through a U.S. Information Agency (USIA) two-week program.  The program is designed to share U.S. perspectives with representatives of non-governmental, community-based organizations.  The representatives visiting the U.S. were chosen from among delegates who are attending the 32nd session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development March 24-31.

Groups of three dignitaries are traveling to Columbia and Florence; Des Moines, Iowa; and Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. during April 4-7.  The visitors are to visit health clinics serving the disadvantaged and to learn about and contribute to academic perspectives and approaches to population and development issues.

Visiting South Carolina are Nirupama Sarma of India, a representative of the Center for Development and Population Activities; Maria Antonieta Alcalde of Mexico, a representative of Elige, a youth network for sexual and reproductive rights; and Patrick Odin of Nigeria, a representative of the Association for Reproductive and Family Health.

On Wednesday, April 7, the evening’s lecture and panel discussions will focus on Taiwan.  A reception will be held at 5 p.m. in the Cauthen Education Media Center (CEMC) Lecture Hall - Reception Area, and a panel discussion will follow in the lecture hall at 6:30 p.m., featuring FMU faculty. 

Panelists will discuss business, economic, scientific, and technological implications of the rise of the Pacific Rim as a new global power center.  At 8 p.m., a cultural celebration focusing on Taiwan will be held in the Lecture Hall.

On Thursday, April 8 the evening lecture and panel discussions will focus on Japan.  Again, the evening will begin with a 5 p.m. reception in the CEMC Lecture Hall - Reception  Area, and a panel discussion by FMU faculty will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the CEMC Lecture Hall. 

Panelists will discuss political, military, societal, and cultural implications of the rising power of the Pacific Rim countries and at 8 p.m. a cultural celebration focusing on Japan will be held.

Moderator for the panel discussions will be Ed Freedman, associate professor of mass communication at FMU.  FMU faculty panelists discussing business and economic implications of the Pacific Rim’s rise as a global power will be Barry O’Brien, associate professor of economics; and Ash Dhir, assistant professor of management. Panelists discussing scientific and technological implications will be Peter King, assistant professor of biology, and David Peterson, professor of physics.

FMU faculty panelists discussing political and military implications for the area’s rise to power will be John Britton, Suzanne Lucas and Benjamin Pratt Gasque Professor of History; and David Xu, assistant professor of history.  Panelists discussing societal and cultural implications will be Mark Scarbecz, associate professor of sociology; Kevin Lasher, assistant professor of political science; and Ken Autry, associate professor of English. 

Events are open to FMU students, faculty & staff, and the general public.  Please telephone Professor Dhir for more information about the International Lecture Series at 843-661-1417.  Discussions will be taped for later viewing on the Time Warner Cable Access Channel 11.

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Last Published: June 25, 2004 7:19 AM
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