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January 31, 2013

GC symposium to focus discussions on 21st century literacy

MILLEDGEVILLE — Keynote speakers from the community and across the nation will share and discuss the implications of literacy from a local, national and global perspective with the public during the sixth annual Georgia College Global Citizenship Symposium, titled “Literacy, Learning, Leading: Education for a 21st Century World.”

“The Global Citizenship Symposium is an annual effort. Every year we look at different issues that have a local, national and global impact. In the past we have worked on personal health and around the world, environmental justice and poverty,” said Gregg Kaufman, American Democracy Project coordinator. “This year, our focus is on literacy. We’re delighted to welcome speakers not only from around the nation, but people from within our own community, including leaders and educators, to participate in discussing the importance of literacy in our community as well as in the world.”

Sponsored by the International Education Center, American Democracy Project, Georgia College academic departments, and faculty and student organizations, the three-day Global Symposium activities are free and open to the public. Events begin Monday and will run through Wednesday in the Student Activities Center in the Magnolia Ballroom, unless the schedule states otherwise.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Carol Sapp will moderate a panel discussion on health literacy and patient safety followed by break out sessions focusing on living wills, the durable power of attorney, readability of health literature, access to health care and personal health records. There will be a 2 p.m. showing of the documentary film “Race to Nowhere” before a 4 p.m. children’s show about the power of literacy with an anti-bullying message.

“The keynote speaker for Monday will be a college freshman from Harvard University [Alex Wirth] who has an interest with youth involvement in government from local to international levels. He will talk about building a campaign for change,” Kaufman said. “He was appointed by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.”

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