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United Nations Ambassador of Ireland discusses ‘World in Crisis’ at Elizabethtown College (Rescheduled)

Sep 7th, 2016 | By | Category: Front Page, News

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA – Economic events in Europe and, most recently, the fiscal position of Ireland have been splashed across worldwide news media.

David Donoghue, Ambassador of Ireland to the United Nations since 2013 is watching the situations more closely than most. Donoghue, previously served as co-facilitator with Kenya in major U.N. negotiations. He is co-facilitator of the U.N. Summit on Global Migration and Refugee Issues and was the political director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin. He brings his talk, “The U.N. in a World of Crisis,” to Elizabethtown College at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 (new date).

Donoghue, who was born in Dublin and holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in French and German and a master’s degree in German from the National University of Ireland, speaks in Gibble Auditorium, Esbenshade Hall.

Cost of this Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking (CGUP) event is free, and more information is available online.


Additional CGUP events include:


International Peace Symposium with Imam Bashar Arafat    

10 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 10

Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat is founder and president of Civilizations Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (CECF).  This non-profit organization brings people together to promote peace and cooperation. Currently, the organization provides religious and cultural training, consultation and orientation services for the international exchange students and staff of the U.S. Department of State’s sponsored Youth Exchange Study Program (YES). Arafat organizes annual youth leadership and interfaith conferences, Better Understanding for a Better World (BUBW) in Orlando, San Diego, and Baltimore.

Born and raised in Damascus, Syria, he is president of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland, based in Baltimore. Arafat has taught courses on Islamic Studies at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College and the Renaissance Institute. He also has taught comparative religions at Potomac College in Washington, D.C. Currently, he teaches at Notre Dame of Maryland University.

The event is held in the College’s Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall. Reservation and registration information is available at the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg. (checking their site; it presently is DOWN)


Lecture: “China Friends: New Discoveries for the Church of the Brethren”

7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 20

David Kenley, director of the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking and professor of history, and Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies and associate professor of religious studies, discuss their March 2016 research trip to Shanxi Province in China to trace the activities of Brethren missionaries. The free event is held the College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies.


之声音乐会 or A Musical Trip to China
3 p.m.

Saturday, September 24

Featuring Suping Chen, vocalist, and Connor Rohrer, pianist. Chen is an instructor of Chinese language at Elizabethtown College; Rohrer is a junior at Trinity High School.The program includes songs in Chinese and English, traditional Chinese folk dance, musical solos, Chinese classical orchestra pieces, choral music and martial arts demonstrations. The free event is held in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center.


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