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November 7 , 2003

Land Mine Conference Attracts Global Participation

Keynote speaker Mary Jean Eisenhower

A conference entitled “Clear a Path to a Safer World: Addressing the Tragedy of Landmines” will be held November 14 to 16 at Smith College. Representatives from nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and government agencies, landmine survivors, concerned citizens, and students will participate in workshops and discussions involving such issues as landmine removal, survivor assistance, and mine risk education. Anthony Lake, former MHC professor and national security adviser to the Clinton administration, will speak about national policy, the effect of landmines on economic development, and his experience with the Marshall Legacy Institute, which trains demining dogs. The keynote address will be given by Mary Jean Eisenhower, CEO of People to People International, an organization that promotes understanding between people of different cultures around the world.

United Nations demining equipment

Brianna Armbruster ’02 is helping organize student outreach for the conference. “The conference is a wonderful opportunity to
learn about a real-world issue,” Armbruster said. Saturday evening will feature a networking dinner at which students are welcome to bring their re´sume´s and talk to representatives from organizations and government agencies about internships, research, and career possibilities. Some of the participating organizations include the United Nations Mine Action Service, Adopt-A-Minefield, and Clear Path International, a Vermont-based NGO that serves landmine and bomb accident survivors, their families, and their communities in former war zones in Southeast Asia.

Working in the field

Armbruster served as a Take the Lead mentor during the first two years of the program at MHC. “Take the Lead taught me about the power of change,” said Armbruster, who majored in philosophy and critical social thought at Mount Holyoke.
“The landmine problem really spoke to me,” she said.”I am interested in power relationships and the differences between cultures.”

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