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Ninth Annual Graduate School of Public & International Affairs
Third Annual Association of Women in Public Health (GSPH)

Student Conference

Transcending Boundaries: EnGendering Human Security

University of Pittsburgh

April 2 - 3, 2004



The Agora, an organization of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, in collaboration with the Association of Women in Public Health, a women’s organization of the Graduate School of Public Health, will bring together students, academics, practitioners and activists to discuss issues relevant to global human security.

Conference Documents

Friday April 2, 2004


11:30 – 12:00                         Registration (University Club)

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.                    Keynote Luncheon- Theresa Loar (University Club)

2:15 – 2:50 p.m.                     Individual Panels

·         Ehaab Abdou, Fat’het Kheir  (3J12 Posvar Hall)

·         Faina Linkov, NIH funded Supercourse project (3N51 Posvar Hall)

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.                     Skill-building workshops

·         Linda Babcock, Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide (3J12 Posvar Hall)

·         Ron Porter, Fundamentals of Facilitation - What Every Facilitator Should Know (3S07 Posvar Hall)

4:35- 5:15 p.m.                       Refreshments (Registration area)


Saturday April 3, 2004
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.                      Breakfast (Registration area, 3rd Floor, Posvar Hall)
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.                    Panel Session 1

Weapons and the Destruction of the Masses (3J12 Posvar Hall)

Discussant: Daniel Simpson, Associate Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • Whitney McIntyre: The Continued Presence of Landmines: A Bosnia-Herzegovina Case Study
  • Andre Ashley, Janean Fazio, Mattias R. Fenton: India and Pakistan: What are the peacekeeping options?
  • Mardann Olsen: The Viability of a Nonproliferation regime in the 21st century

Gearing Up for the Epidemic: HIV/AIDS Awareness Programming and Women’s Vulnerability Factors (3S07 Posvar Hall)

Discussant: Martha Terry, Senior Research Associate, Behavioral and Community Health Services, University of Pittsburgh

  • Jaime Nguyen, MD, MS: Why Are Standard Prevention Messages Failing Disadvantaged Communities?
  • Phi Huynh Do, MD: The HIV Epidemic & Human Trafficking in Asia
  • Phamotse Ntleu: Food Security & the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Lesotho

Sustaining Life: Human Rights and Natural Resource (3N51 Posvar Hall)

Discussant: Paul Nelson, Director of International Development Division (GSPIA), University of Pittsburgh

  • Brant Hahn: Water’s Influence on Israel’s Territorial Expansion

  • Nathan Shaffer: Indigenous Rights Confront Environmental Concerns

  • Joy Braustein: On Security, Water, Rights and Life Altering Decisions: A Qualitative Study on Adult Female Immigrants from Israel

10:35 – 12:05 p.m.                  Human Security Roundtable (5J53 Posvar Hall)

·         Facing the Human Security Challenges of the 21st Century Moderator: Dr. Silvia Borzutzky, Carnegie Mellon

o        Dr. Linda Christiansen-Ruffman, FAFIA

o        Dr. Gigi Kwik, Center for Biosecurity

o        Dr. Benoit Morel, Engineering and Public Policy, CMU


12:05 – 1:05 p.m.                   Lunch

1:05  – 2:00 p.m.                    Information Fair with local community organizations (registration area, 3rd Floor Posvar Hall)             

2:05 – 3:35 p.m.                     Panel Session 2

   The Once and Future Plague: Africa’s HIV/AIDS Social Epidemic (3J12 Posvar Hall)

   Discussant: Buba Misawa, Professor of Political Science, Washington and Jefferson College

  • Faith Brebnor: Ethnographic Evaluation of an HIV/AIDS Program in Tanzania, Africa

  • William Strachan: AIDS as a Human Security Threat in Africa: The Economic Consequences

  • James Ricci: Generic HIV Drugs for Sub-Saharan Africa: Corporate America versus National Security

    A Call to Peace: Global Intervention in Conflict and Genocide (3S07 Posvar Hall)

   Discussant: Simon Reich, Director of the Ford Institute for Human Security, University of Pittsburgh

  • Ian Boyd: Towards Defining Intrastate Conflict

  • Stephanie Mlynar: Somalia:  Conflict and Peace in a Stateless Geography

  • Mardann Olsen: Genocide and the United States' Response in the 1990s

   Laws of the Lands: Fostering Gender Equality Amid Cultural Diversity (3N51 Posvar Hall)

   Discussant: Thomas Haase, Doctoral Student (GSPIA), University of Pittsburgh

  • Jacob Simon: A Theoretical Comparison of Gender Equity Law in the United States and China

  • Leonora A. Kivuva: “Say No!” Empowering Widows in Rural Kenya to protect themselves against wife inheritance

  • Laura Rosas: Health Disparities and Physician Bias:  The Potential Impact on the African-American Birth Experience

3:40 – 5:10 p.m.                     Panel Session 3

     New World Slavery: Child Labor and Human Trafficking (3J12 Posvar Hall)

     Discussant: Lance Hampton, Doctoral Student (GSPIA), University of Pittsburgh

  • Lisa Berardi: The New Slave Trade: Sex Trafficking as a Response to Economic Instability within East Europe

  • Vera Achvarina: Child Labor in Asia: Does GDP per capita Matter?

  • Martin Greenberg: A Citizen’s Role in the Prevention of Human Trafficking

  Women's Movement: Female Status in a Changing World (3S07 Posvar Hall)

  Discussant: Jennifer Baldwin, Graduate Student, University of Pittsburgh

  • Dagmar Rudhrig: Gender-based Violence in Refugee Camps: The Situation of Bhutanese Refugee Women in Nepal

  • Hanne Muller: Empowerment of Guatemalan Refugee Women

  • Sambriddhi Kharel: Nepali Women in a Changing Economy

  Managing Violence and Conflict Through Civil Participation (3N51 Posvar Hall)

  Discussant: TBA

  • Joshua Kivuva: Civil Society and the Management of Ethnic Conflict in Africa: The Role of Ethnic Based Associations in Kenya

  • Sanaz Raji: NGO Advocacy at Home and Abroad: The Case Study of Iran and Iranian-Americans

  • Peter Baofu: Terrorism and Civilization in the Coming Post-Democratic Age

5:10 – 6:00 p.m.                     Refreshments/Wrap-up (registration area, 3rd Floor Posvar Hall)


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