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Meredith Alexander, News Service (650) 725-0224; e-mail

Globalization conference to be held at Stanford

The World Association of International Studies (WAIS) is sponsoring a conference at Stanford University July 28-31. Organized by Ronald Hilton, professor emeritus of Romanic languages, the conference, titled "Globalizations: Reflections on the State of the World and Its Discontents," will cover a wide variety of international issues.

The interdisciplinary panels and talks will seek to develop a broad vision of the way global interaction affects countless areas of human activity.

The conference will kick off with a day of authors' presentations at the Stanford Bookstore on Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Art Alcove. Several authors, including Hoover Institution Senior Fellows Thomas Henriksen, Thomas Gale Moore and Alex Inkeles, will speak about their writings on various aspects of globalization, foreign policy and the environment. This portion of the event is free and open to the public.

The following morning, Scotty McLennan, dean for religious life, will convene the rest of the conference at 10 a.m. at Memorial Church, where he will speak on the topic of religion and international affairs.

The remainder of the conference will include panel discussions on aspects of international issues ranging from terrorism to the role of the United Nations to the globalization of science. Panelists from around the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world are expected to participate. For instance, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Larry Diamond will chair a panel about global prospects for democracy that includes Chinese scholar Pan Wei, a professor at Beijing University, who will present his views on Chinese politics and the rule of law.

Most of the conference will be held in Tresidder Union.

The conference fee is $35. Checks should be made payable to WAIS and sent to WAIS, attention Ronald Hilton, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-6010.


By Meredith Alexander

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