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Freistat Center peace-building conference Nov. 23

November  04, 2013

Conference speakers will include, from left, Dr. Joseph M. Hyser, Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi and Jacqueline Tome.

The William F. Freistat Center and Augustana College will sponsor a conference, "Peace-Building: Innovative Strategies, Nuts and Bolts" on Nov. 23.

The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in Hanson Hall of Science, room 102. The first 30 registrants for the conference will receive a complimentary lunch.


Speakers will include:

• Dr. Joseph M. Hyser, Augustana Class of '99, assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. Dr. Hyser is in the department of molecular virology and microbiology studying rotavirus.

• Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi, associate dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and a professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She also directs research and administrative activities of BCM's new section of pediatric tropical medicine.

• Jacqueline Tome, president and founder of Global Awareness Consulting. Tome serves international companies, hospitals, schools, governmental and non-governmental organizations.  

During concurrent sessions, conference-goers may hear from Dr. Christopher Whitt, Augustana assistant professor of  political science;  Sarah Michel, project manager of the Center for Globalization, Baylor College; Dr. Mark Blaser of Unity Point Health Medical Arts, Moline, and a member of the Haiti Committee; and Karen Metcalf of Progressive Action for the Common Good and Quad Cities Interfaith.


8:45-9:15: Breakfast/ registration              

9:15-9:30:  Introduction  

9:30-10:30: Dr. Joseph M. Hyser, "Global Burden of Rotavirus Disease"    

10:15-10:30: Break                                 

10:30-11:30: Concurrent sessions
A. Dr. Christopher Whitt, Assistant Professor of  Political Science, Augustana College
B. Sarah Michel, MPH, Project Manager, Center for Globalization, Baylor College  

11:45-12:45: Lunch presentation, Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi "Rescuing the Bottom 100 Million in the Americas"

1:00-2:00: Concurrent sessions
A. Dr. Mark Blaser, Medical Arts Associates, member of Haiti Committee
B. Karen Metcalf, Progressive Action for the Common Good and Quad Cities Interfaith  

2:00-2:15: Break  

2:15-3:00:  Jacqueline Tome "Global Awareness and Peace Multipliers: Spread Seeds of Hope Around the World"  

3:00-4:00: Reception  

The William F. Freistat Center at Augustana College provides support to encourage the development of peace studies, especially studies of the broader issues of diplomacy, such as justice and fairness. The center supports the study of historical and present conditions that contribute to violence, the cessation of violence, and the absence of violence. It also supports faculty and student research in, and academic exchange with, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. 

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833