Mine Detection Dog Comes to JMU on Monday

From: Public Affairs

Mine detection dog, Utsi, will visit James Madison University from 1-4 p.m. Monday, April 2, on The Festival Lawn to demonstrate how mine detection dogs can help save lives.

The demonstration is the first event of the fourth annual Post-conflict Recovery Week hosted by the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery at JMU. The week will conclude Thursday, April 5 when a pair of JMU alums discuss their recent trip to South Sudan as employees of the U.S. Department of State.

The week's events offer insights into landmine action, humanitarian assistance and post-conflict reconstruction.

Throughout the week, CISR will host six events pertaining to international affairs, current U.S. foreign policy and nongovernmental organizations. Guest lecturers will represent the U.S. Department of State, Mines Advisory Group and Marshall Legacy Institute.

Here is a rundown of the week's events:

Monday, April 2: Marshall Legacy Institute’s Vice President of Children’s Programs and Victims Assistance, Kimberly McCasland, will visit JMU with members of her staff and Mine Detection Dog, Utsi, to illustrate the humanitarian threat of landmines and demonstrate how Mine Detection Dogs can help save lives. MLI will give a mock demonstration of Utsi detecting landmines from 1– 4 p.m. on the JMU Festival Lawn.

Later in the evening, MLI will return to give a lecture on its Mine Detection Dogs and Victims Assistance Activities at 7 p.m. in JMU Miller Hall 1101.

Tuesday, April 3: A table in the JMU Commons will offer information to students looking for more information about Post-conflict Recovery Week, internships or employment with CISR. Student jobs are currently available! CISR will provide information regarding how to apply and what to expect. The table will be set up from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Also Tuesday, Col. Nick Spignesi, Deputy Director for Mine Action Programs for the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA), will lecture in Miller Hall 1101 at 7 p.m. Col. Spignesi will speak about the U.S. Government’s Conventional Weapons Destruction Program and the ongoing humanitarian situation in Libya.

Wednesday, April 4: The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Mines Advisory Group will come to JMU to explain more about its international activities. JMU alumna, Jennifer Lachman, MAG America’s Executive Director will screen the short film “Surviving the Peace” and will lead a question-and-answer session into the organization’s work. Co-sponsored by the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence, the event will take place in Miller Hall 1101 at 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 5: Fresh off a trip to South Sudan, former and current PM/WRA Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Humanitarian Demining Fellows and JMU alumnae Emma Smith Atkinson and Katie Smith will discuss the year-long U.S. Department of State Fellowship, their experiences working with the U.S. Government and how the U.S. Government is responding to the ever-evolving humanitarian situation in the newly independent Republic of South Sudan. The Department of Political Science will co-sponsor the event.

CISR was founded at JMU in 1996 as the Mine Action Information Center and became CISR in 2008. CISR specializes in research, education, information exchange and training related to the international effort to combat the effects of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW), and recovery from conflict and trauma. For more information, visit: http://maic.jmu.edu/!other/pcrw.html

Posted March 30