Clarion University PEACE (People Encouraging Awareness in Community Economics) Club
partnered with the College of Business Administration Nov. 12 to present “A World on Fire,” a panel discussing global issues and hot topics in the modern world.
The panelists, Clarion University faculty members, hail from various world regions:
Dr. Yao-Yu Chih, economics, Taiwan
Dr. Stephen Mensah, computer information sciences, Ghana
Dr. Thomas Rourke, political science, the United States
Dr. Gustavo Barboza, finance, Costa Rica
Dr. Vasudeva Aravind, physics, India
Dr. Yasser Ayad, geography, Egypt
“It gives students an opportunity to get different perspectives they wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to, about topics that are of significance to the professors,” said Kate Coen, president of PEACE.
Students asked questions, which were then debated among the panelists. Topics included
energy sustainability in India, international trade agreements and social networks, capacity building in information technology and the use of information technology to drive economic growth in Africa, the recession and its impacts in the United States and world, re-emerging slavery around the world and poverty in the developing world.
Along with Coen, Blayze Stefaniak served as masters of ceremonies. Dr. Phil Frese, CoBA dean, introduced the event to the faculty and students who attended. He praised PEACE and the panel of scholars for planning an event that allows students to learn about current events from different vantage points.
Each year, PEACE joins with All Hands Volunteers, a nonprofit disaster aid organization, to make a humanitarian trip. Last year the members traveled to New York to help with Hurricane Sandy relief, and they will make a similar trip this spring.
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