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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:30

Global Poverty Project CEO to speak at WCU

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The 28-year-old co-founder and CEO of a global organization committed to eradicating extreme poverty will visit Western Carolina University on Wednesday, Sept. 7, to inform campus and surrounding community members about the issues and inspire them to take action.

Hugh Evans of the Global Poverty Project will present an interactive multimedia presentation called “1.4 Billion Reasons” at 7 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The event, which kicks off a yearlong, poverty-focused interdisciplinary learning and service initiative at WCU, is free and open to the public.

In the presentation, Evans will discuss simple, everyday changes community members can make in what they learn, say, buy, give and do to be part of the solution. He will explore five questions: What is extreme poverty? Can we do anything about it? What are the barriers to ending extreme poverty? Why should we care? What can I do?

Evans’ presentation kicks off a year-long interdisciplinary learning and service initiative called the WCU Poverty Project. Throughout the 2011-12 academic year, students, faculty and staff from across campus will take part in engaged teaching, learning, service and creative and scholarly opportunities focused on poverty, locally and globally.

For more information contact John Whitmire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.227.2636, or Cooper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.227.2595.

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