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March 31, 2006

Women in World Affairs to Convene at Smith College

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - Prominent women in international affairs will gather at Smith College Saturday, April 8, to discuss international development, peace and security efforts, with young women who aspire to lead such efforts.

Humanitarian Joelle Tanguy, the managing director of the Global Business Coalition (GBC) on HIV/AIDS, will deliver the keynote address at the first “Women in World Affairs Conference” at 5 p.m. in the Neilson Library Browsing Room.

Registration is required and will take place that day, from 9–9:30 a.m., in the atrium of the Smith College Museum of Art. Smith students can attend for free. The cost is $10 for other college students, and $15 for the general public.

As manager of the coalition of almost 200 international companies committed to the fight against AIDS, Tanguy leads programmatic and strategic initiatives worldwide to harness the core strengths of business to stop the AIDS pandemic. 

A former computer software industry executive in California, Europe and Japan, Tanguy left the Silicon Valley in 1989 to lead humanitarian medical relief operations in East Africa, Central Asia and the Balkans, often amid political and military turmoil.

In 1994, she became U.S. executive director of Doctors Without Borders and a senior spokesperson of the international organization that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.  

A native of France, Tanguy is also a visiting professor at Bard College’s Program on Globalization in New York and has contributed to numerous publications on global health and human rights.

Other conference events include the following four panel discussions:

9:45 a.m. Spotlight on the World: Women in Media, Seelye Hall, Room 106

Panelists include: Carroll Bogert, associate director, Human Rights Watch; Trudy Rubin, Class of 1965 and Worldview columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer; and Roz Stark, interim executive director of the International Women’s Media Foundation.

12:30 p.m. Beyond Handouts: Women in International Development, Seelye Hall, Room 110

Panelists include: Manisha Shetty, Harvard Business School; Ruth DeGolia, executive director and co-founder of Mercado Global; Erika Eurkus, New England program director of ACCION USA; and Karin Ringheim, director of research and analysis, Global Health Council.

12:30 p.m. Beyond our Borders: Women in International Peace and Security, Seelye Hall, Room 109

Panelists include: Miriam Pemberton, research fellow, Foreign Policy in Focus; Sarah Harder, chair of the board and president, National Peace Foundation; Rozanne Oliver, Bureau of International Security and Non- Proliferation, U.S. Department of State; Nan Darling Borton, Class of 1962 and former director, the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.

2:45 p.m. Moving On Up: Building a Career in World Affairs, Seelye Hall, Room 106

Panelists include: Charlotte Kea, Class of 1982 and director of development, Development Gateway Foundation; Kay Maxwell, Class of 1963 and national president, U.S. League of Women Voters; Jody Rose Platt, senior program development officer, U.S. Department of State.

The conference was organized by the Smith World Affairs Committee.


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