Representatives from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, the American Red Cross, Amizade, the clergy, and the Peace Corps will lead a panel discussion on international service at Pitt-Johnstown. Offered as part of “Pitt-Johnstown @ Your Service Week” the forum is the second event in the campus’ new GLOCAL Society Series (GSS), which will focus on pressing global and local (GLOCAL) issues of our time. In a world where global and local are increasingly and sometimes vexingly intertwined, the GLOCAL Society Series will bring focus on how the pressing global issues of our time are affecting our communities, as well as how the latter can leverage the positive aspects and mitigate the negative features of the processes of globalization.
At 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 30 in the Living/Learning Center, an assembled panel of experts will talk about the rewards of international service and to share their experiences on international service. Panelists for the evening will include:
• Dr. Monica Frolander-Ulf – Associate Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and Amizade Instructor (Jamaica and Navajo Nation). She is also currently an Advisory Board member of Amizade and has presented workshops on integrating community into the academic curriculum for Amizade weekend training programs and the Forum for Education Abroad. For many years she led student groups on study abroad experiences in Jamaica and, after connecting Amizade with a Jamaican grassroots organization, she taught a month-long service learning course there, titled Globalization: A Jamaican Case Study. In 2004 and 2008 she directed service-learning courses in the Navajo community of Crownpoint focusing on globalization and Native American contemporary issues within the context of Navajo Nation history and traditional philosophy.
• Eric Hartman – Executive Director, Amizade Global Service Learning and Volunteer Programs, where he oversees more than 300 global service-learning placements annually, in cooperation with 14 partner communities around the world. He completed his dissertation on global service-learning methodology and outcomes at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He has presented on global citizenship and global service-learning several times each at American Political Science Association and International Service-Learning Research Conferences. He served as lead author on a chapter contribution to “Learning to Serve: Promoting Civil Society through Service-Learning” and has published articles on service and citizenship for Transitions Abroad and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He has taught global service-learning courses in Bolivia, Ghana, Jamaica, Pittsburgh, Peru, and Tanzania.
• Dr. Reinhard Heinisch – Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies at Pitt-Johnstown and Amizade Instructor (Bolivia). Dr. Heinisch has been with Amizade Global Service Learning in Bolivia 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, the construction of an orphanage and a village school in the Province of Cochabamba. He has led small groups of students who were taking political science course while working on the project. He has also led study abroad programs with Semester at Sea to the Middle East (2000), and with St. Lawrance University, N.Y., to Central Asia and the Soviet Union (1987-1989). He worked as development volunteer in Nicaragua for a year in 1984 and with Chilean refugees in Austria 1980-1984. He currently directs an International Summer University in Austria.
• Reverend Dr. Joseph Maurizio – Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and Founder of Humanitarian Interfaith Ministries. Father Maurizio is founder and president of Humanitarian Interfaith Ministries, working with orphaned and abandoned children in Central America and directing an International Sponsor Child Program with approximately 150 children in two countries. He directs mission teams from the Johnstown area and Saint Francis University, where they have constructed a dozen buildings at the home and education center for orphaned and abandoned children of the streets in Honduras and buildings in Costa Rica. Father Maurizio has made over 35 trips to Central America and also has been International Mission Teams Coordinator for Honduras for over eight years. He has shipped over 150 tons of salvaged goods from Johnstown to Honduras for orphanages.
• Kathleen Pino – Instructor with American Red Cross International Services and International Humanitarian Law.
• Dr. Melissa Reed – Peace Corps Volunteer (Chad), Associate Director of Global Studies and Director of the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
Also as part of “Pitt-Johnstown @ Your Service Week” Pitt-Johnstown international students from Syria, Hong Kong, Australia, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, and Vietnam will share stories of their native countries with elementary school children from Conemaugh Township and West Side and discuss the ways that life differs in the United States.
Speakers, panelists, and discussants will explore key issues in our interdependent, globalizing world and their impact on our localities. The series will address topics including, but not limited to:
• global economic conditions and international development,
• global health,
• international conflict, violence, terrorism and intercultural strife,
• sustainability, global resources, energy and environmental governance,
• population, migration and international refugees,
• world religions,
• human rights and the protection of vulnerable persons,
• international trade,
• technology and globalization, and
• other international political and economic issues.
The event is part of “Pitt-Johnstown @ Your Service” week. Pitt-Johnstown is embarking on the most extensive community service initiative in our history. During the week of March 28 to April 4, Pitt-Johnstown faculty, staff and students will be at locations throughout Greater Johnstown participating in more than a dozen service projects.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.