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1992 "Difference" conference to redefine national security
STANFORD -- "Redefining National Security: Moving Beyond the Military" will be the theme of Stanford University's ninth annual You Can Make a Difference conference on Saturday, Feb. 1.
The conference will explore ways in which the concept of national security might be reappraised to meet the changing nature of threats to the United States, and ways in which individuals can make a difference in that process.
Confirmed speakers include Anna Chavez, KGO-TV anchorwoman; Stanford Prof. Condoleezza Rice, former special assistant to President Bush for national security affairs; Hoover research fellow Joseph McNamara, former San Jose chief of police; and Stanford radiologist Herbert Abrams, co-founder of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.
"Since World War II, U.S. national security advisers have directed foreign policy almost exclusively toward a single end: the containment of communism," said Laurence Chang, conference co-director and graduate student in political science at Stanford.
"In light of recent events in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, the United States has a unique opportunity to reshape national security policy to address the more pressing threats to the country, both international and domestic."
In addition to featured panelists, small group workshops led by experts will focus on affecting social change through lobbying, grassroots organizing, media and elected office. A midday Opportunities Faire will provide an opportunity for community organizations to educate conference participants on volunteer or career options.
The annual You Can Make a Difference conference draws 1,000 to 2,000 participants and is organized by student volunteers through Stanford's Haas Center, the campus focal point for local, national and international public service opportunities.
In 1984 the first conference explored "Entrepreneurs in the Public Interest." Since then themes have included: "World and Local Hunger," "Institutional Racism" and "Changing Education for a Changing World."
The event is open to the public. Advance registration is recommended. For more information and to register, call (415) 725-2872.
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