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July 30, 2004


UW-RF Professor Attends Advanced School in Law of War

Ogden Rogers, an associate professor and chair of the UW-River Falls Social Work program, has been selected by the International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva, Switzerland, to attend the 22nd Advanced School in International Humanitarian Law, to be held this summer outside of Warsaw, Poland.

Nominated by the American Red Cross national headquarters, Rogers will be joined by the other American representative to the school, Rebecca Hamilton, who is an international law student at Harvard University.

"It's a tremendous honor to be selected for this course," said Rogers."Most students selected are legal scholars. As far as I know, I'm the first social worker to be asked to attend."

The two-week long course is taught by a respected faculty including a judge from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, delegates from the International Committee of the Red Cross, and diplomatic, military, and legal scholars from across the world.

A small group of students from English-speaking countries attending the course will explore complexities and realities of implementing the Geneva Conventions in the modern world. The group will visit Auschwitz and The Hague.

Rogers is a senior volunteer advisor to the American Red Cross's International Services Division. He has helped the ARC in planning for refugee assistance in the United States, and has been working with an ARC's ISD task force to find ways of introducing content on the Geneva Conventions in American social studies curriculums.

The task force is field-testing a pilot high school curriculum, "Exploring Humanitarian Law," in western Wisconsin schools, and across the nation. Other current Conventions signatory nations are adopting it. The 22-hour curriculum introduces students to the rationales and reasoning for providing basic human rights to combatants, civilians and prisoners of war.

Others task force members include UW-RF education Professor Emeritus DeAn Krey, UW-RF history Professor Kurt Leichtle, Emily Coleman of the ARC and educators Mark Stoesz, Ellsworth High School; Doug Hjersjo, River Falls High School; Mandi Frawley-Erickson, New Richmond High School; Michelle Riba-Doerr, New Richmond Alternative High School; and Toni Hull, American Creativity Academy in Kuwait.

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