February 19, 2008

WNC Carson Events on February 26 & March 6

WNC Discussions Focus on War, Genocide and the Victims

Area residents and Western Nevada College students will have two opportunities in the next few weeks to learn more about important world events and their consequences in lectures at Western Nevada College Carson City. The WNC Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will present a discussion on genocide, with instructors from three different academic disciplines offering their views on why it is happening, what America's involvement should be, and why political leaders have avoided or delayed involvement.

PTK will present "What is This Thing Called Genocide? A Discussion on What the News Doesn't Tell Us," Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Marlette Hall.

The following week, on Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m., Marlette Hall, Laura Whitelaw will present a lecture: "Lost in Poverty, The Plight of Children in Africa."

Admission is free to both events.

Nikki Peterson, PTK vice president for leadership, said, "In the past few weeks I've seen at least four small articles in the newspaper about the situations in Darfur and Kenya. This issue is much bigger than what is presented in the news. I feel this is really a great time to listen to professors present their perspective in their related disciplines.

"There is so much more that I don't know," she said. "The professors want to be part of this and present information from different disciplines.

Speakers at the genocide discussion will be Dr. Robert Morin, instructor of political science; Chris Ryan, community college professor in geographic information systems; and Dr. Hal Starratt, instructor in anthropology.

At the discussion on March 6, participants will learn how 30 years of war in Angola have taken a tremendous toll on the children of that country. Whitelaw spent three weeks in Africa on a missionary trip, and will speak about how war, disease, pollution, land mines and other tragedies are affecting the lives of African children.

"I visited an orphanage where children slept in a cramped room on the hard floor and their toilet was a hole in the ground," she said. "Those were the lucky ones. Each month the director turns away hundreds of orphans because there's no more room.

Whitelaw, a financial aid advisor at WNC, will present photos and a talk on "what these kids are going through. I want to make people more aware of how some young children are forced to live and how perhaps some of us can lend a helping hand. I came home with a much better understanding of how good we have it here."

As part of a mission with the Methodist Church, Whitelaw taught English as a second language to university students in Luanda, but during her trip she also had time to visit orphanages.

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