Posted: Thursday Jan 24, 2013
Jan. 24, 2013
Saint Vincent College will host a presentation by Brittany Aubin of the Global Poverty Project at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8 in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center. Admission is free and open to the public.
The program will include a multimedia presentation, entitled 1.4 Billion Reasons, that focuses on the plight of the 1.4 billion people in the world living in extreme poverty and the opportunities that everyone has to reduce that number to zero.
The presentation is part of the project’s spring tour of the United States during which they are engaging and inspiring audiences to understand and get involved in the movement to end extreme poverty.
The presentation focuses on five questions: What is extreme poverty? Can we do anything about it? What are the barriers to ending extreme poverty? Why should we care? What can I do?
“I believe this presentation and the mission of the Global Poverty Project are very much in line with Saint Vincent College’s Benedictine values and Catholic social justice principles,” commented Dr. Elaine M. Bennett, assistant professor of anthropology. “I can imagine many ways our faculty from many disciplines might integrate this kind of discussion into their teaching. The presentation will focus on systemic problems such as inequitable distribution of resources and solutions such as the need for better and more transparent international aid as well as ethical and fair trade.”
In conjunction with the presentation that day, all Saint Vincent College students having breakfast in the dining hall will be presented with an option of plain rice and tea. “This option is meant to represent the type of meal that might be available to someone living in extreme poverty,” Bennett explained. “The station set up for the poverty breakfast will be directly juxtaposed against the typical menu offered in the cafeteria on a daily basis to encourage students to think about the lives of the poor. We are inviting faculty and staff to also take part in this effort to raise awareness of extreme poverty. For each student who opts for the poverty breakfast, $1 will be donated to a charity that serves people in extreme poverty.”
The event is being co-sponsored by the Saint Vincent College School of Humanities and Fine Arts and its History and Theology Departments, Saint Vincent College School of Social Sciences, Communication and Education and its Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Alpha Chi Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Anthropology Club, Office of Serving Learning and Community Outreach, Student Government Association, Multicultural Student Coalition and the Dean of Studies.
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