NELSON INSTITUTE TO HOST OXFAM DIRECTOR SPEAKING ON THE FUTURE OF HUMANITARIANISM

January 17, 2006

HARRISONBURG—Thomas J. Zimmerman II, acting director of regional programs for Oxfam America, will speak at James Madison University on January 25, 2006. His presentation on “The Future of the Humanitarian Enterprise” will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Taylor Hall, Room 404. The presentation is a Wellness Passport event.

Zimmerman oversees the work of the globally-based regional coordinators for Oxfam Boston-based international development and relief agency and an affiliate of Oxfam International. Working with local partners, Oxfam delivers development programs and emergency relief services, and campaigns for change in global practices and policies that keep people in poverty. Prior to joining Oxfam in 2005, he served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Kenya and held a series of increasingly responsible management positions with international non-governmental humanitarian organizations in Somalia, Sudan, Niger, Ghana, Israel (including the West Bank and Gaza), and Ethiopia.

Zimmerman’s visit to JMU is part of the Nelson Institute’s Guardian Lecture Series and is being supported as part of an “International At Home” grant administered by the Office of International Programs.