October 16, 2006

HARRISONBURG—The Annual Report 2005-2006 of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University is now available.

Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Institute, delivered it to JMU President Linwood H. Rose and other academic and administrative officials last week.

Among other highlights, the document notes that:

• twelve scholars and practitioners came to JMU as part of the Institute’s Guardian Lecture Series;

• the Nelson Institute organized a two-day conference for the Justice Studies Major, Innocents Lost: The Human Trafficking and Exploitation of Children, which brought officials from the United Nations and the United States government, human rights advocates, and even Hollywood celebrities to JMU, including actor Ron Livingston and Oscar-nominated director Charles Kiselyak;

• n partnership with the U.S. Army War College, the Institute hosted a panel discussion on War and Peace in the 21 st Century: Experiences, Prospects, and Implications for the United States of America, which brought ten senior officers representing all four branches of the U.S. Armed Forces as well as the U.S. Department of State to the JMU campus, where they also guest lectured a number of classes;

• and ninety-two faculty members, representing thirteen different departments and academic units and all of JMU’s colleges, participated in the series of Faculty Roundtables organized by the Institute during the course of the year.

Dr. Pham said, “I look forward to an even more successful series of programs for the Nelson Institute during the current 2006-2007 academic year, including additional outreach efforts to the wider JMU community, including alumni and other friends of the university, as well as the wider public.”

A copy of the Annual Report is available by clicking here.