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International Development Week features leader of Global Poverty Project

By Janet Harron

Memorial’s International Centre presents Hugh Evans, CEO of the New York branch of The Global Poverty Project, speaking on 1.4 Billion Reasons on Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the keynote address of International Development Week.

In this 90-minute presentation, Mr. Evans will clearly articulate the facts of extreme poverty and demonstrate that by making simple changes everyone can be part of the solution. The presentation will take place in the Inco Innovation Theatre from 7-8:30 p.m. Free parking will be available in Lot 16 and 16A and all are welcome to attend.

Mr. Evans was one of the key leaders behind the successful Make Poverty History campaign which included running Melbourne’s Make Poverty History concert in 2006 which involved major Australian artists as well as Bono of U2. Hugh has been awarded Young Australian of the Year, Junior Chamber Young Person of the World Award and 'Free Your Mind' award. Hugh is the Founder and Director of the Global Poverty Project; a slideshow presentation and film that will communicate the realities for extreme poverty and what we can do about it.

“International Development Week was launched by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in1990 and is an annual opportunity for students and the wider community to engage in the sharing of global concerns,” said Sonja Knutson, director of Memorial’s International Centre. “Both the St. John’s and the Marine Institute campuses will be showcasing our international activities, our diverse cultures, as well as the opportunity to learn how to make a difference by becoming involved locally and globally.”

Other events during International Development Week

Tuesday Feb. 8
• The Human Library, presented by the Refugee Immigrant Advisory Council
• Lunch & Learn with the Canadian International Development Agency

Wednesday Feb. 9
• Go Abroad Fair, presented by Memorial’s Go Abroad Office
• Migration & Migrants, presented by the International Development Research Fund
• Black History Month presents a documentary on Lanier Phillips
• High School Students and Society Justice: An Appreciation Evening presented by the Global Citizenship Initiative

Thursday Feb. 10
• International Bazaar presented by the Memorial’s International Student Advising Office
• Lunch and Learn: National Film Board documentaries presented by Memorial’s Career Development and Experiential Learning
• Women’s Rights and Maternal Health: Global and Local Perspectives presented by Memorial University chapter of World University Services Canada

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