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Advocate for economic and social justice to speak at Longwood

September 26, 2012

David Radcliff
David Radcliff, taken on Mt. Margaret in Denali National Park in Alaska

David Radcliff, who has worked for economic and social justice in some of the world's poorest and most exotic places, will speak Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Longwood University's Hiner Auditorium.

Radcliff, director of the New Community Project (NCP), a nonprofit organization whose goals include environmental awareness, global education and experiential learning, will speak on "One planet, two worlds."

Radcliff's presentation will examine the reality that, despite unparalleled global connections and an escalating global economy, millions of the world's people have been left out of the rush to prosperity. Women are often devalued and exploited, native communities find their lands and rights overrun, and even those whose work connects them to the global economy often struggle to survive. The presentation will feature photos and stories from the perimeter of global society, showing both the beauty and struggles of people in South Asia, Africa and Latin America.

NCP, which Radcliff and others founded in 2003, works through its partners in six countries to support girls' education, women's development, and reforestation and forest preservation. Radcliff has led NCP "Learning Tours" to the Arctic, the Amazon, South Sudan, Nepal, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Central America. Dr. Melanie Marks, professor of economics and coordinator of study abroad at Longwood, has participated in two Learning Tours-to Ecuador in June 2012 and Myanmar in January 2010-in which Radcliff was the program leader.

"The Burma trip was a life-changing experience for me," said Marks. "We hiked into the mountains to live with the hill tribes, followed up on grants to send hill-tribe girls to boarding schools and collected data on the first round of empowerment grants that are helping women generate small businesses in the depressed delta region. In Ecuador we met with representatives from indigenous villages where people have been fighting to protect their land from oil-drilling."

During a four-day visit to Longwood, Radcliff will speak to numerous classes in various academic disciplines. "This is an excellent opportunity for students to engage in a discussion of global issues with someone who can share incredible stories about his experiences and the people he has met," Marks said.

Radcliff's visit is part of the Simkins Lecture Series, begun in 1979, which honors Francis Butler Simkins, a distinguished scholar of Southern history who taught at Longwood from 1928 until his death in 1966.