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Michelle Brown to deliver “Aftermath of War” Lecture at Texas State

Date of release: 10/09/03

SAN MARCOS — Humanitarian aid advocate Michelle Brown will deliver a free public lecture in cooperation with Texas State University-San Marcos Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Brown will present “The Aftermath of War” for the University Public Lecture Series at 7 p.m. at the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with a student musical performance.

A graduate of San Marcos High School and Texas State alumna, Brown was active in the University Honors Program before earning a degree in history and international relations at Texas State. She traveled extensively in Mexico, Central America, and Germany before teaching English in Japan and volunteering with Mother Theresa’s Hospital for Children in Calcutta, India. Her master’s from George Washington University in International Development Studies focused on refugee women.

Her current work as a humanitarian affairs advocate with Refugees International involves conducting emergency assessment missions in Africa and Asia, as well as making recommendations to policy makers on a variety of humanitarian issues including protection of war-affected populations, war-affected children and child combatants. This past summer she traveled to Afghanistan and most recently to Uganda. Brown’s work puts her in direct contact with those who are struggling to rebuild their lives after the violence of war.

Brown’s University Public Lecture Series presentation culminates her two-day visit to Texas State. On Monday, Oct. 13 at noon, she will present “NGOs: Independent Humanitarian Actors or US Government Mouthpieces?” for the Philosophy Dialogue series in Psychology 132.

Brown’s visit is sponsored by the University Public Lecture Series, the University Honors Program, Multicultural Student Affairs, the Honors Student Association, the University College, the Center for International Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Sociology, the Student Affairs Diversity Team, the College of Liberal Arts, Career Services, Alumni Affairs, the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies, the Campus Christian Community Center and Community Relations.

Brown’s presentations are free and open to the public. For more information on her work, visit www.refugeesinternational.org or contact the University Honors Program at (512) 245-2266.