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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

May 25, 2010

Conflict resolution expert will be guest lecturer at Northwest

David J. Smith

MARYVILLE, Mo. - David J. Smith, national educational outreach officer for the United States Institute of Peace, will be featured as a guest lecturer at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1 in The Station, located on the Northwest Missouri State campus.

Smith's evening lecture, which is open to the public, is titled, "Child Soldiers Caught in the Crossfire." He also will address Rotary Club members at their noon meeting on Wednesday, June 2.

Smith, who works on issues related to youth and violent conflict, speaks frequently to community, faculty and student groups on a variety of issues including civil society and peace, conflict resolution and international education.

Prior to joining the Institute of Peace in 2005, Smith taught legal studies, peace and conflict, and alternative dispute resolution at colleges and universities. As a Fulbright Scholar in 2003-­04, Smith taught peace studies and alternative dispute resolution at the University of Tartu in Tartu, Estonia. He has also taught peace studies at Goucher College, was on the faculties of Towson University and Stevenson University, and he has lectured on American mediator practice at Uppsala University in Sweden and the University of Jammu in India. He has worked in domestic and community conflict resolution, and as a practicing attorney.

Smith holds a bachelor's degree in political science and urban affairs from the American University School of Public Affairs, a master's degree from the George Mason University Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and a juris doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Smith's lecture is being sponsored by the history, humanities, philosophy and political science department and the Phi Theta history honor society. It is being underwritten by Rotary International and KXCV/KRNW.

Matt Johnson, instructor in the history, humanities, philosophy and political science department, said Northwest has built a relationship with Smith during its participation in the Humanitarian Consortium and Atlantic Hope, a field training exercise at which Northwest Comprehensive Crisis Response minors have participated.

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For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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