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Oxfam America president to speak Feb. 23

Author: Arts and Letters


Raymond C. Offenheiser, president of the international relief and development agency Oxfam America, will give the luncheon keynote address Saturday (Feb. 23) at a symposium at the University of Notre Dame titled “Solidarity in the Pursuit of Authentic Human Development.”

A 1971 Notre Dame graduate, Offenheiser has led the U.S. affiliate of Oxfam International since 1995. During his tenure, the organization has grown more than fourfold and has positioned itself as a leader on international development and global trade. Offenheiser is a recognized expert on poverty alleviation, human rights, foreign assistance and international development.

“Solidarity in the Pursuit of Authentic Human Development: A Student Symposium” will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30p.m. Saturday in Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Center for International Studies.

Students from Notre Dame and Uganda Martyrs University in Uganda, East Africa, will present their research on human development. Faculty from both institutions will serve as discussants for each of the panel presentations on health, education, environment, rural development and approaches to development.

The symposium is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Ford Family Program in Human Development and Solidarity, Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Center for Social Concerns.

Contacts: Tim Lyden, Ford Family Program in Human Development, 574-631-3744, , or Rachel Tomas Morgan, Center for Social Concerns, 574-631-5293,

Originally published by Rachel Tomas Morgan at on February 20, 2008.