5/3-4: Good Works in Central America...
May 3-4, 2012
Good Works in Central America: Interrogating North American Voluntary Service
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201
Keynote presentation by
"Priest in the Revolution: A Lifetime of Service to
Youth in Poverty"
Thursday, May 3,
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Please register for the
keynote presentation by visiting Eventbrite.
Open Forum on
Friday, May 4,
2 - 5 p.m.
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Website link: http://mershoncenter.osu.edu/events/11-12events/May12/goodworksconfmay3.htm
Borland, Associate Professor of Comparative Studies at The Ohio
delegations to Central America for the purpose of providing material aid,
assisting with grassroots development, or offering direct service have
proliferated in the last four decades. This conference critically
examines travel-for-service and the micro-politics of encounters between
privileged visitors (professionals, politically motivated groups,
service-learning programs) and impoverished third-world communities they visit,
as well as the larger implications of poverty relief efforts organized outside
of and sometimes in opposition to existing national and international
institutions. Such projects promise solutions to seemingly entrenched problems
in poorer nations through virtuous vigorous action. Yet in actuality, the
dynamics of cosmopolitan interaction are complex.
This conference will
provide an opportunity for students and faculty interested or already engaged
in international service to reflect upon their motives, practices, and
experiences and to consider not only their immediate accomplishments but the
longer-term implications of the kind of citizen-diplomacy they aspire to enact.
The keynote speaker,
Nicaragua's Father Fernando Cardenal, has committed his life to direct service
to the poor within the framework of a religious vocation and training, more
specifically, liberation theology. In 1980, he directed Nicaragua's National
Literacy Crusade, an internationally acclaimed voluntary effort to teach
reading and writing to rural and underserved populations, organized through the
revolutionary state as a nationalist project.
The academic speakers
come from a variety of positions within the university but share a concern for
reflection and the identification of "best practices." They have all
either volunteered with or facilitated volunteer missions/delegations.