Emory Report

September 13, 1999

 Volume 52, No. 4

1999-2000 to feature more Carter Center Conversations

Cutting edge issues in peace, health and education are on the bill for the 1999-2000 Conversations at The Carter Center series, a program of four panel discussions that provide an opportunity to learn about the center's work.

The series kicks off Sept. 14 with a sold-out program featuring President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, the center's founders. Recent recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, the Carters will talk about projects that had them and center staff circling the globe this past year: election-observation missions in Venezuela, Nigeria, Indonesia and the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma; a project in North Korea to help increase crop production; collaborating with former heads of state in the hemisphere to reduce government corruption, and more.

On Nov. 4 the dialogue shifts to Emory's leadership in global education--applying classroom knowledge to real-world problems and using technology to create a global dialogue on social challenges. The discussion, "Globalization of Education," will include President Bill Chace; Marion Creekmore, vice-provost for international affairs; Cynthia Hooks, director of educational programs at The Carter Center; and center interns Michael Bindell, a graduate student at Georgia State University, and Stephanie Shemin, an Emory junior. The interns will share their experiences studying abroad.

The series continues in the spring with "Millennium Bugs: Fighting Diseases in 2000 and Beyond." Leading experts from the health field will attempt to address such questions as which diseases are likely to be eradicated in 2000, which are re-emerging and what can be done to stop new strains. Don Hopkins, associate executive director of The Carter Center's health programs, leads the Feb. 10 discussion. Joining him are William Foege, Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and Carter Center senior fellow for health policy, and Jeffrey Koplan, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Amnesty International and the International Rescue Committee will join the fourth and final discussion on April 20 to talk about "Countries in Crisis: Issues for the Next Century." These nongovernmental organizations will give their perspective on the problems facing nations today. Panelists include Ajamu Baraka, director of Amnesty International's southern regional office; Peter Herbert, regional director of the International Rescue Committee; and The Carter Center's Charles Costello and Jennifer McCoy, directors of the democracy program and the Latin America and Caribbean program, respectively.

All events are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and are held at The Carter Center. Each discussion is followed by a question-and-answer session. Tickets are $6 for the public, $4 for Emory faculty, staff and students, and can be obtained by calling 404-420-3804.

-Natasha Singh

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