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Elizabethtown Presents Ware Seminar

Posted on 1.30.2013

The Judy S. ’68 and Paul W. Ware Colloquium on Peacemaking and Global Citizenship will sponsor the Ware Seminar on Afghanistan Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at 7 p.m. The event, to be held in the Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall, will feature CEO of Aid Afghanistan and women’s rights activist, Hassina Sherjan; Matt Southworth, legislative associate on foreign policy with the Friends Committee on National Legislation; and Joyce Davis, president of the Harrisburg World Affairs Council. The event will be moderated by Jonathan Rudy, Global Peacemaking Scholar-in-Residenceat Elizabethtown College. Rudy recently returned from Afghanistan where he worked with peace building and development issues under OXFAM. The event is free and open to the public. The seminar will look at past, present and future factors that affect the capacity of Afghanistan to become a stable, productive anElizabethtown College Presents Ware Seminar d peaceful society. Brief presentations by the panelists will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aid Afghanistan, Hassina Sherjan, is an avid women’s rights activist. Sherjan received her master of Public Administration degree from Harvard Kennedy School and received an honorary doctorate of law degree from Queens University in Canada. In addition to her work with Aid Afghanistan, Sherjan is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Boumi Company, an internationally recognized women-owned home accessory business. Sherjan coauthored “Toughing It Out in Afghanistan” and has had several op-eds published in the NY Times, the Washington Post, Guardian and USA Today.

Former U.S. Army member Matt Southworth is an avid anti-war activist. His experiences while stationed in Iraq turned him against war, and continue to motivate his work today. After his military service, Matt attended Wilmington College, a small Quaker school, and earned a bachelor’s of arts in Political Science and History. Matt then traveled to Israel-Palestine and studied Arabic in addition to volunteering at a Christian community center. Currently, Matt works on Afghanistan policy and drone issues on Capitol Hill for Friends Committee on National Legislation and serves on the board of directors for Veterans for Peace.

Joyce Davis is president of the Harrisburg World Affairs Council and a member of the Elizabethtown College Board of Trustees. She formerly served as a foreign correspondent. In her more than 30 years of journalism she has been a reporter, columnist and editor.

Jonathan Rudy is Global Peacemaking Scholar-in-Residence at Elizabethtown College, teaches classes in peace building and conflict transformation, and offers more than 25 years of peace building and development experience in Africa and Asia.


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