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2/22/2007 Linfield speaker to discuss global issues

McMINNVILLE – A talk focusing on international issues for students will be given at Linfield College.

Josef Jarab, professor of English and American Literature and director of the Center for Comparative Cultural Studies at Palacky´ University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, will present “Preparing Students for the Global Arena” on Monday, Feb. 26, at 1:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, located in Melrose Hall.

Jarab was the first freely elected university administrator in Czechoslovakia following the Velvet Revolution and served as the rector of Palacky´ University for seven years. He also served as the rector and president of Central European University in Budapest and Warsaw from 1997 to 1999. He is a founding member of the Czech Learned Society and the first chairman of the Czech Fulbright Committee and the Czech and Slovak Association for American Studies. He was a member of the Senate of the Czech Parliament where he was responsible for the Committee on International Affairs, Defense and Security, and for a decade he represented Czech humanities in the European Science Foundation. Jarab has been awarded honorary doctorates from Durham University, England; Moravian College, Bethlehem, Penn.; and Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is the first Czech recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Freedom Award and has written or edited a score of books and hundreds of essays on cultural pluralism, African American literature and culture, modern poetry and fiction, and issues of higher education.

This event is part of a week-long celebration in honor of the inauguration of Thomas L. Hellie as 19th president at Linfield. For more information call the Linfield International Programs Office at 503-883-2222.