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Fulbright Scholar to Discuss International Women’s Health Issues at Ferris

FVeena Siriamulbright Scholar and doctoral student Veena Siriam will discuss “Improving Women’s Health by Improving Health Systems – Perspectives from Ghana and India” at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Ferris State University.

Siriam, who was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study sexual and reproductive health among Muslim women in Accra, Ghana from June 2006 to August 2007, is completing her doctorate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Her presentation, part of the World Conflict Resolution Lecture Series, will be held in the Interdisciplinary Resource Center, Room 120.

“Our society is so globalized, it is essential for our students to have a global perspective,” said Danielle Voorhies, president of FSUbuntu, a registered student organization dedicated to promoting international awareness on campus. “Siriam is also a current student, so our students will be able to relate to her.”

Siriam is the first of three Fulbright Scholars who will appear at Ferris as part of a collaborative effort between FSUbuntu and Ferris’ Center for Global Studies and Engagement. FSUbuntu recently received $2,000 in funding support from the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative of the United States Institute of Peace. The USIP award will be used to cover travel expenses and matching support from the Center for Global Studies and Engagement will be used to pay for accommodations, per diem and program promotion.

The World Conflict Resolution Lecture Series will continue with Henry Greenspan, a psychologist and playwright at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7; and Jimmy Gurulé, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 3.