NIU conference to focus on world conflict, peace

James W. Pardew
James W. Pardew

DeKALB – Scholars from Northern Illinois University and Macedonia’s University of Tetovo will discuss approaches to peace and transcultural communication at the local and international level April 19, as part of the “Global Problems and Community Praxis” conference.

Patrick Roberts, NIU professor in the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations, said these are particularly timely issues these days.

“Our key goal is to facilitate scholarly exchanges, to foster public awareness of global conflicts and to examine ‘how can I make a difference in my local community?’ and ‘how does local action have global impacts?'” Robert said. “We want to broaden awareness of what the issues are.”

The conference, which will include four professors from Tetovo among the presenters, begins at 9 a.m. in the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, 231 N. Annie Glidden Road.

James W. Pardew, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, will be the keynote speaker at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of Barsema Hall, 740 Garden Road.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Questions? Contact Roberts at 815-753-9539 or email

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