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Presbyterian United Nations Office to Offer

Date 04 May 1996 19:49:42


95441      Presbyterian United Nations Office to Offer  
                    U.N. Study Term in January 
                         by Julian Shipp 
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--College students will have a unique opportunity to examine 
the work of the United Nations and the international community in New York 
City during the Presbyterian United Nations Office Fifth Annual Global 
Studies Term, Jan. 4-20. 
     According to the Rev. Richard L. Kilmer, Presbyterian Peacemaking 
Program coordinator, participants will learn about the work of the U.N. in 
areas such as peacekeeping and collective security, human rights, the 
situation of women and children globally, economic development and the role 
of the religious community and nongovernmental organizations at the United 
     Kilmer said these issues will be explored through videos, 
presentations, dialogues with speakers and small group discussions. 
Conversations will take place with U.N. staff persons, delegates from 
member states, missions and representatives from U.N. nongovernmental 
organizations. There will also be time to explore New York City, its 
museums, galleries, cafes, shops and ethnic neighborhoods. 
     Dr. Gilbert Johnson, professor emeritus from Eckerd College in St. 
Petersburg, Fla., will provide academic guidance for the program. Students 
can earn three college credits for this study.  Credit will be provided by 
Eckerd College, a liberal arts college and member of the Association of 
Presbyterian Colleges and Universities. 
     In 1995, 50 students from 15 different countries attended the January 
term.  "I'm really glad I was part of this wonderful program," said Tamara 
Zgonjanin, a student studying at Bucknell University who is originally from 
Bosnia-Herzegovina. "I met lots of new people from around the world and 
learned a great deal about the United Nations. Our discussions were 
stimulating and challenging." 
     Although the application due date has expired, applications are still 
being evaluated and limited space is available. The cost of the program is 
$775. The fee includes lodging throughout the program, three days of meals, 
all academic materials, U.N. briefings and activities, and some evening 
     For those who wish to commute, the program fee is $400. An additional 
tuition of $400 applies to those students requiring academic credit for the 
course. For more information and an application, write the Presbyterian 
United Nations Office, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017. 
     The Presbyterian United Nations Office is part of the Presbyterian 
Peacemaking Program, Congregational Ministries Division, and is funded by 
the annual Peacemaking Offering. 

For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
  Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
  phone 502-569-5504            fax 502-569-8073  
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