Monday, February 28, 2011

Join UNAI/Lehigh University virtual panel "Promoting Women's Rights through Higher Education"

On March 3 from 12:15 - 2 p.m. (NYC time) Lehigh's Comparative and International Education program and the LU/UN Partnership, in cooperation with United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), will host a virtual panel "Promoting Women's Rights through Higher Education: The Interdisciplinary Vision of the United Nations Academic Impact" as a part of parallel events of the 55th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Inspired by the Academic Impact Launch and the CSW commitment of gender equality and the advancement of women, the panel was organized by Dr. Iveta Silova (Lehigh University Professor of Comparative and International Education) and Michele Vella (Lehigh University Ph.D. student and UNAI intern).

Through the co-sponsorship of Lehigh University's United Nations Partnership, the virtual panelists will speak about the role of academia and higher educational institutions, in catalyzing activities, solving problems, and initiating policies that advance women worldwide. Virtual panelists' specializations include: the arts, political science, psychology, sports, and international education. Using video-conferencing technology, UNAI supporters and members, including high-school students, university students, teachers, professors, and researchers, are encouraged to share their unique voices in this cross-national dialogue. Participants include:

Sharon E. Girard, Ph.D.

Professor of Musicology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California Countess of Count Federico Sangirardi Quinto of Wardal

Michael Church, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Suzanne Grant Lewis, Ph.D.

Philanthropic consultant on African Education and former coordinator of Partnership for Higher Education in Africa

Sophie Denis

Good Will Ambassador for the Nepal Tourism 2011, Mountain Climber, Banker, Representative of the “G-Movement” (a partnership between Gatorade and Action Against Hunger)

The CSW/UNAI virtual conference will be held on March 3, 2011 from 12:15-1:45 United States Eastern Standard Time. To attend the session, use the following link:

You will be able to see and hear the conference presenters. There is a text chat feature in Elluminate that you can use to pose a question or comment for the speakers.

The link above is currently active, so please test the link as soon as you can to determine if your computer is correctly configured to participate. If you have any technical questions, please call the Office of Distance Education at 610-758-4211.

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