United Nations' 60th Birthday Bash on Oct. 16 at Towson U.

Music, Dance--and the Fight Against Global Poverty

SOURCE: United Nations Association of Maryland
The United Nations Association of Maryland and Towson University’s Political Science Department and International Studies Program are co-sponsoring an event to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations and to draw public attention to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals for the year 2015. The Goals are designed to sharply reduce global poverty and hunger in the developing world. The event will take place on Sunday, October 16 from 1-5 P.M. in the Chesapeake Room of the University Union on the Towson University campus.

The event, entitled UN’s Anniversary Celebration, will include both a celebration and an information component. To help us celebrate, a variety of performers are donating their time and talent. The audience will be treated to the transcultural vibes of Telesma, the artistry of Alzaruba, the regional music of Mexico Vivo, the drumming and dancing of the Bumbada women, and the dramatic costuming of the Chinese Dancers from Johns Hopkins University.

The informational aspects will include a speech on the Millennium Development Goals by Dr. Alison McCartney of the Political Science Department at Towson University; two brief speeches by Towson University students about their international experiences in Iran and Rwanda; international film clips; and information stations, one for each of the 8 Millennium Development Goals. These stations will be staffed by individuals knowledgeable about the specific goal.

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNS-USA) is the nation’s largest grassroots foreign policy organization and the leading center for policy research on the United Nations and on global issues. The UNA-USA is a non-profit , nonpartisan organization that seeks to educate Americans about the work of the United Nations and to encourage public support for strong United States leadership in the United Nations. The Maryland Chapter (UNA-MD) offers local programming to Marylanders interested in international affairs.

Dr. Alison McCartney, Director of the International Studies Program and member of the Political Science Department, will give a brief overview of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Political Science and International Studies students will be showcasing their research and experiences as part of the day’s events.

The UN’s Anniversary Celebration is free and open to the public. We invite everyone to attend and to come early so as not to miss any of the afternoon’s events. Free parking is available in the Union Garage accessible from Osler Drive. Please visit our web site at www.unamd.org.

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This story was published on October 4, 2005.