SJC Welcomes Guest Speaker from American Red Cross

BROOKLYN AND LONG ISLAND, N.Y – October 16, 2009 – The Office of Global Studies at St. Joseph’s College is pleased to announce that David Dunn, Director of Disaster Staffing & Partner Groups for the American Red Cross in Greater New York, will be presenting “The International Red Cross Movement Emergency Response” as part of a college-wide Global Studies Colloquium. Presentations on both campuses will be followed by a course on "International Humanitarian Law," which is regularly offered by the American Red Cross.

Mr. Dunn will talk in the Alumni Room of Tuohy Hall on the Brooklyn Campus on November 3, 2009 from 12:40 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. and in the Shea Conference Room on the Long Island Campus on November 9, 2009 from 12:40 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.  His talk will focus on the role of the Red Cross in modern emergency situations.

Following each presentation, the "Introduction to International Humanitarian Law" course will be offered. In Brooklyn, the course will take place in Room 409 of McEntegart Hall from 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on November 3, 2009. In Patchogue, the course will be held in the Shea Conference Room from 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on November 9, 2009. 

The “Introduction to International Humanitarian Law” course is intended to raise awareness among the public about the Geneva Conventions, the basic rules of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the role of the Red Cross during armed conflict to implement IHL. Through a hands-on approach utilizing group activities, class discussion and multiple audiovisual aids, this newly-updated course invites participants to reflect on their images and perceptions of armed conflict and explore the powerful and fundamental concept of human dignity even in the midst of the excesses of war.

The American Red Cross in Greater New York is a nonprofit humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to individuals affected by disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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