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AASU, GSU to Host Third World Studies Conference

Savannah, GA–Armstrong Atlantic State and Georgia Southern universities will host the 19th annual conference for the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS) from October 11 through October 13. The conference will be held at The Coastal Georgia Center for Continuing Education located on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Savannah.

Panelists from all academic disciplines relating to the study of Africa, Asia (except Japan), Latin America, and the Middle East will present papers at the conference. The annual meeting provides an environment for unique intellectual exchanges across these disciplines and regions.

"ATWS welcomes scholars who study a variety of third world issues, said Steve Rhee, president of ATWS and professor of political science at Armstrong Atlantic. "Presenters will link past events and trends to issues of regional security, politics, economics, and social and environmental concerns of the future."

Registration for the conference will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. on October 11 at the Days Inn-Historic Riverfront. Following registration, Dr. James Anderson, Armstrong Atlantic Director of the Office of International Education, will deliver a brief greeting during a reception from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the same location. Korean Classic "Palace" Dancing Team will perform for conference participants.

On October 12, panelists will make presentations from 8:50 A.M. to 5:35 P.M. during four separate sessions. Some of the topics will include: "Arms Trade, Criminilization, Violence and Banditry Economy," "The Growing Influence of International Government/Non Governmental Organizations in the Third World," "Dynamics and Dilemmas of Third World Social Change," "Critical Issues in the Americas," and "Legal and Human Rights Issues." Nancy Shumaker, who has written extensively on women in and development of the third world, will be keynote speaker at the luncheon from noon to 2:00 P.M.

Following the afternoon presentations, a dinner banquet will be held for conference attendees from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Speaker Ali A. Mazuri, one of the leading experts in third world studies, will be the invited speaker. Mazuri is the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and director of the Institution of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York in Binghamton.

On October 13, panel presentations will be made from 8:30 A.M. to 5:35 P.M. Topics will include "Islam in a Globalization Era," "Minority Issues in the Middle East and Europe," "Science, Technology and High-Level Manpower Resources," and "Effects of Globalization in Africa." Poet Joe Amoako, an associate professor of linguistics and African languages at Delaware State University, will be the invited speaker.

Dr. Harold Issacs, professor of history at Georgia Southwestern College, founded the Association of Third World Studies in 1983. ATWS, now the largest professional organization of its kind in the world, is expecting about 150-175 participants to attend this year's conference.

For more information, contact Steve Y. Rhee, Dept of Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science, Armstrong Atlantic State University at 921.5675.

September 21, 2001


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