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World hunger gets focus this weekend

Aspen Times Staff Report

The 10th annual Conference on World Hunger, sponsored by World Awareness in Action Society, will be held today and Saturday in Glenwood Springs.

The conference, with a theme this year of “The New Millennium: A World Without Hunger,” aims to educate people about hunger around the world and offer solutions about what can be done to solve the problem.

The conference begins at 7:30 p.m. today with a banquet at the Hotel Colorado featuring keynote speaker Mike Dolan, a grass-roots organizer for Public Citizen, a citizens’ advocate group in Washington, D.C. He will talk about global hunger and the facts behind the international trade policies of NAFTA and GATT.

On Saturday, the conference moves to the Spring Valley Campus of Colorado Mountain College. There will be numerous workshops offering topics such as Gulf War Syndrome, stories from a Bosnian refugee, people’s experiences working with the Peace Corps, and the importance of the survival of indigenous peoples.

The workshops will last until 5:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for the workshops ($10 for students), and $20 for tonight banquet’s ($15 for students).

At Saturday night’s banquet, Dr. Kevin Danaher will speak about his work with Education for Global Exchange, a group he co-founded that works to promote stronger ties between people of the north and south. The cost is $8; the meal will be in the student center at CMC.

For more information, call Dave Harmon at 947-8262.


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