ROME, Ga. (Nov. 9, 2012)—The 30th annual meeting of the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS), Inc., was held at Berry College in Rome, Ga. last month, featuring over 100 attendees from around the globe. 

30th annual ATWS meeting held, discussed 'Winds of Change'

ROME, Ga. (Nov. 9, 2012)—The 30th annual meeting of the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS), Inc., was held at Berry College in Rome, Ga. last month, featuring over 100 attendees from around the globe. During the event 35 panels and round table discussions were organized all focusing on the theme, “Winds of Change: Crisis and Critique in the Third World.”

The conference was co-sponsored by ATWS, Berry College, and Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW). ATWS was founded in 1983 by Harold Isaacs, Ph.D., professor emeritus of history at Georgia Southwestern.

Two GSW faculty members and one student participated in the conference. Philip Szmedra, Ph.D., professor of economics, and Li Zhenzhong, an international student from China, presented a paper titled “The Effects of Implementing a Healthy Cities Plan in China: Prevention and Control of Diabetes in Changshu, Jiangsu Province, PRC.” Isaacs chaired a panel on Globalization.

The meeting’s keynote address, “United States Foreign Policy and Global Health Diplomacy: History and Prospects for Action in the Third World,” was presented by David Bruce Conn, Ph.D., dean of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at Berry.

A number of awards were presented to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the academic discipline of third world studies. Entertainment was provided by Kofi Mawuko and Band, and the Berry Jazz Combo.

“We have come a long way over the past 30 years from the two panels we had at our first annual meeting at GSW in 1983,” Isaacs said. “I am very proud that our organization has a large and active global membership, consultative status in the United Nations, and a publication, Journal of Third World Studies, that has a worldwide circulation.”

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