Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

May 9, 2006

Political Advisor to Present Whitworth Lecture,
"Rebuilding Afghanistan," May 22 at 6 p.m.

Carmela Conroy, J.D., who served as political advisor for the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamyan, Afghanistan in 2004-05, will present a lecture, "Rebuilding Afghanistan," on Monday, May 22, at 6 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth College. Admission is free. To attend, R.S.V.P. to Paul North at ( 509) 777-4606 or pnorth@whitworth.edu.

Conroy's lecture is presented by the School of Global Commerce & Management at Whitworth, and is co-sponsored by the International Trade Alliance and the World Affairs Council of Spokane.

As political advisor for the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan, Conroy counseled the PRT commander on issues relating to humanitarian assistance, military activities, political and economic developments, security sector reform, and government capacity building.

Since 2005 Conroy has served as the political military officer at Con-Gen Okinawa, where she is responsible for operations and training in support of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty. Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State, Conroy has lived and worked in several countries throughout the world as an advisor on issues related to seaport access, humanitarian aid, commercial affairs, intellectual property rights, and base-related environmental issues.

Conroy is a graduate of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and the University of Washington School of Law. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and a former prosecuting attorney with the criminal division of the Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Paul North, assistant director of marketing, School of Global Commerce & Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4606 or pnorth@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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