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Leadership for Development: Heinz College Alt. Convocation: Liberian Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs

Today at noon

Hamburg Hall 1000

In August 2008, Amara M. Konneh was appointed as the 16th Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs, after serving as Deputy Chief of State in the Office of the President from 2006–07 and spearheading several initiatives — including rebuilding Liberia's ICT (Information, Communication, Technology) infrastructure and policies. His convocation lecture, entitled “Leadership for Development,” focuses on the importance of strong leadership in both the development and rebuilding of a country such as Liberia. Konneh also believes passionately in President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s vision of a Liberia that is at peace with itself and neighbors, creating opportunities for all its citizens regardless of their socioeconomic status.

Milking the Rhino, Film and Discussion

Today at 7:00 p.m.
McConomy Auditorium

Milking the Rhino focuses on the growing conflict between humans and animals in our constantly shrinking world. It is the first major documentary that explores wildlife conservation from the perspective of people who live with the wild animals. Shot in some of the world's most magnificent locations, Milking the Rhino offers intimate portraits of rural Africans that are the heads of a revolution, turning poachers into preservationists and locals into stewards of their precious homeland.

Archaeology, National Identity and the Coup in Honduras: The Role of the Ancient Maya

Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

This past June, the elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya Rosales, was exiled in a coup; however, the new regime has not yet been recognized by the international community. In Honduras, the new government has replaced almost all ministers and high-level officials, including Darío Euraque, the former director of the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History. This institute is the state agency in charge of protecting and promoting Honduras’s cultural heritage, taking special importance with the famous archaeological site of Copán. Darío Euraque is currently a professor of history at Trinity College.

Where's Babeldaob? Sending Students Abroad as a Global Technology Consulting Corps

Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Since its beginnings back in 2004, Technology Consulting in the Global Community has sent abroad 49 students from all Carnegie Mellon colleges in order to provide assistance in computing, information systems, and advanced applications. Over a span of 10 weeks in the summer, the students travel to technologically underserved countries (such as Niue, Palau, Ghana, India, and the Philippines) and work with local governments, schools, or NGO leaders to more effectively use technology in their organizations. In his talk, Joseph Mertz — an associate teaching professor in the H. John Heinz III College and the School of Computer Science here at Carnegie Mellon — will outline the capacity-building consulting model the program is built on, describe the results the students have brought about, and explain the plans to dramatically expand the program.