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 Tuesday, April 26, 2005 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


DART Program Advances Research on International Development
By Vanessa Lozano, junior, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

The Developing Areas Research and Teaching (DART) program at the University of Colorado at Boulder encourages ideas and thoughts on issues of international development through the promotion of interdisciplinary research and community outreach.

"In a world that is increasingly interconnected, the DART program is trying to increase awareness on the numerous issues confronting people in developing areas," said Benson Wilder, DART research assistant and master's candidate in geography.

DART's community outreach efforts include speaker series, guest lecturers, colloquia and brown bag lunches. This semester, the program hosted a series on international mining. The culmination of the series will be a panel discussion with representatives from Indonesia, Romania, Ghana, and Peru on Thursday, April 28, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the CIRES Auditorium.

Panelists will attend the Newmont Mining Corporation's general meeting on Wednesday to discuss the effects of gold mining on their local environments. Newmont Mining Corporation is the largest gold mining company in the world and is based in Denver.

"The goal of the representatives is meaningful engagement with Newmont executives and shareholders," said Wilder. "Though DART's points of focus are research and teaching, an important aspect of development studies is the interaction between civil society, governments and business interests."

The panelists will discuss the outcome of the meeting at Thursday's panel. According to Wilder, the DART program hopes to host a representative from Newmont next semester to hear their perspective.

Another aspect of DART's community outreach is a K-12 program that allows professionals who have worked in developing areas to extend awareness on development issues to students. This program is currently in its beginning stages.

DART also offers a graduate certificate in development studies, which consists of courses taught in 10 departments and three colleges within CU-Boulder.

For more information about DART visit the Web site at CU-Boulder Department of Geography: Developing Areas Research and Teaching.

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