History Forum welcomes scholars, focuses on U.N.

By Shae McPherson
November 9, 2011

Prominent scholars came to campus to share their expertise with faculty, staff, students, alumni and visitors at the 14th annual History and Politcal Science Forum on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m in the Widener Lecture Hall.

The scholars that spoke at the forum included Jolyon P. Girard, Ph.D., professor emeritus at Cabrini College; Matthew S. Weinert, Ph.D., associate professor and director of graduate studies at the University of Delaware; Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D., principal with GrayLoeffler; Joseph E. Thompson, Ph.D., professor at Villanova University; and Shelby M. Hockenberry, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science at Cabrini College.

Each of these speakers provided insight and knowledge about different aspects of the United Nations. The event was offered as a one-credit course for all students.

Dr. Courtney Smith, assistant professor of the history and politcal science department who was in charge of the forum presented each of the speakers before they approached the podium and began their lectures. Each scholar spoke about different people and topics that are related to United Nations such as presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt, Peace and Security, Development Policy in the Age of the Millenium Development Goals and how the United Nations operates within its organization.

”I agree on the speakers views on the criticisms and shortcomings of the United Nations issues of the Middle East,” Smith said.

After each scholar spoke, they answered questions that the audience had that pertained to the United Nations.

“There was no unity amongst the Arab countries and they became disjointed allowing Israel to become vitorious,” Dr. Ralph Nurnberger said when was asked how did Israel become successful in gaining other terrortories in the region of the Middle East while fighting agaist the other Arab countries during the six-day war 1947.

“This event was a great opportunity that opens your eyes  to what is going on in the world and what we face,” Ariel Brown, sophomore criminology major, said. “I learned a lot that makes me want to expand my knowledge to what I am going to do with my major.”

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