Globalization and Sustainability Speaker Series opens

September 28, 2010

Teaching International and Greener Allegheny opened the Globalization and Sustainability Speaker Series for 2010-11 with a talk by Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history at Penn State Beaver. Szymczak is a specialist in European, American and Slavic history with a special emphasis on Poland and Polish Americans. He also is an expert on the Katyn Forest Massacre of 1940. His talk provided some historical perspectives on Eastern Europe, the region that the campus will focus on this year.

The next speaker will be Edith Bell, a Holocaust survivor. She will address the campus on Oct. 12 and will discuss human rights, the thematic focus that accompanies the study of Eastern Europe.

Later speakers are expected to cover such topics as environmental ethics and gender-related attitudes in Eastern Europe.

In addition to speakers and a film series, the yearlong concentration of Eastern Europe includes field trips and student research presentations. The first field trip took students to see the Max Vanko murals in Millvale. Student research presentations for Fall 2010 will take place on Nov. 18.

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Last Updated September 30, 2010