Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Feb. 24, 2009

Disaster Management Specialist to Present Lecture at Whitworth March 5

Steven Jensen, an expert in the development of emergency management systems, will present the second lecture in the 52nd annual Great Decisions Lecture Series at Whitworth University. The series features five speakers who focus on current political, cultural and economic subjects of interest to the international community. The public is invited to attend the lectures free of charge.

Jensen will present "In the Shadow of Slums" on Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth. For more information, please call (509) 777-3270.

Jensen has 25 years of experience in managing emergencies and disasters across the globe, including his work for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Southeast Asia. He is researching ways to prepare the next generation to manage disasters and catastrophes. In particular, he's exploring the future effects of oil depletion on the poor, especially those who live in the slums of the developing world. Jensen holds a bachelor's degree in international studies from Whitworth, a master's degree in emergency management from California State University, and he's working on doctorate in policy and planning at the University of Southern California.

In addition to the March 5 lecture, Great Decisions lectures will take place on April 23, April 30, and May 7. The lectures will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre. For information on upcoming lectures, please call (509) 777-3270. Great Decisions 2009 is sponsored by the Whitworth Political Science Department.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Barbara Brodrick, academic program assistant, political science department, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3270 or bbrodrick@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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