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Charles MacCormack to Speak on "Humanitarianism and the War on Terror," April 28


Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children, will speak on "Humanitarianism and the War on Terror," on April 28, 2004, at 4:30 p.m., in Room 128. The talk is sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy and the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights and is free and open to the public.

Save the Children, a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian relief in more than 40 countries around the world, runs major health, education, and landmine awareness programs in Afghanistan, where it has been active since 1989. Save the Children also currently employs more than 150 aid workers in Iraq, in programs that focus on child protection, education, health, nutrition and community reconstruction. Charles MacCormack, the group's president and CEO, will speak about the connection between current humanitarian efforts and the war on terror.

MacCormack has been President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors of Save the Children Federation, Inc. since January, 1993.

MacCormack was President of World Learning (previously known as The Experiment in International Living) in Brattleboro, VT from 1977 through 1992. Among his positions prior to becoming President of World Learning was serving as an International Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Assistant to the Dean of the International Fellows Program at Columbia University, and lecturer at the University of New Hampshire.

He is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Executive Committee of InterAction, the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and the Food Security Advisory Committee. He was selected by the United Nations Secretary General to participate in the founding of the United Nations University and served as a member of the United States Delegation to the World Food Summit and the United States Delegation to the Preparatory Committee for the 2001 General Assembly Special Session on the Children. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Education by Middlebury College, an honorary Doctor of Laws by Clark University and was made a member of the Grand Cordon of the Order of Al-Istiolal by King Hussein of Jordan.

He received his doctorate and master's degree from Columbia University; was a National Science Foundation Fellow at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City; was a Fulbright Fellow at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas; and is a graduate of Middlebury College.