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Canadian Ambassador to the Dominican Republic to Speak at Glendon

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<p><img class="nophotoborder" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://myglendon.yorku.ca/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/imagemanager/files/20110225/Hispanola_Symposium_2011_resized.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="216" /><strong>Toronto, February 9, 2011.</strong> Glendon College&rsquo;s 16th Annual International Studies Student Symposium is hosting a one-day forum on the Glendon campus on March 5, 2011, entitled <em>Transcending the Border: Dialogues on the Challenges of Hispaniola</em>. The keynote speaker is Canadian ambassador to the Dominican Republic Todd Kuiack, a York alumnus currently stationed in the Canadian Embassy to the Dominican Republic.<br />&nbsp;<br />This forum is an integral part of a project which seeks to challenge the boundaries of International Studies research for undergraduates. The project is under the mentorship of Dr. Arturo Victoriano-Mart&iacute;nez, a course instructor at the University of Toronto (Mississauga campus), who specializes in border conflicts between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. This full-year endeavor extends beyond the symposium: it includes a field research trip and the publication of research papers that range in topic from social media to sex tourism, and from the garment industry to child trafficking. The entire project is envisioned, facilitated and executed by the six Glendon students who have created it and everyone is encouraged to join them on their &lsquo;journey&rsquo; to Hispaniola on March 5, 2011.<br />&nbsp;<br />These young researchers are attempting to explore the two nations by opening a dialogue with various scholars, government officials, field workers and non-academics who wish to discuss more than the earthquake. Panelists include Dr. Ernesto Sagas, political scientist and Latin American expert, as well as the Honorable Don Boudria, former member of the Privy Council.<br />&nbsp;<br />The symposium is comprised of six panels, three in the morning and three in the afternoon. The morning sessions discuss: Language, Cultural Expressions &amp; Religion; Gender, Development and Human Rights; Ethnicity and Citizenship. The afternoon sessions cover the topics of Interstate Relations; Global Dynamics; and Post-Earthquake Analysis.<br />&nbsp;<br />Tickets are now on sale with a cost of $25 for students - with ID; $50 for general admission. The fee includes breakfast, an authentic lunch and the cocktail reception following.<br />&nbsp;<br />For more information on tickets and to reserve your ticket, please send an e-mail to:&nbsp; <a href="mailto:communication@hispaniolasymposium.org">communication@hispaniolasymposium.org</a> or call 416 440 9297.<br />&nbsp;<br />We invite you to join our Facebook page: Hispaniola Symposium, for interesting articles and information on the Island.&nbsp; You can also join us on twitter @Hispaniola 2011<br />&nbsp;<br />For more information, visit our website at <a href="http://www.hispaniolasymposium.org" target="_blank">www.hispaniolasymposium.org</a></p>

Published on February 24, 2011