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Geneva Conventions Scholar Receives Diploma


AUG. 19, 2005--A University of Wisconsin-River Falls faculty member was among 43 international scholars who received the International Humanitarian Law Diploma from the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland.

Social work Professor Ogden Rogers recently attended the ICRC's advanced school in international humanitarian law in Warsaw, Poland.

"I've earned a number of Red Cross cards in swimming, first-aid and disaster relief over the years, but this one is the biggest--I won't be able to fit it in my wallet," said Rogers, who plans to frame the certificate for display in his office.

As part of the requirements for the diploma, Rogers wrote a paper on developing a multi-level strategy of educating more persons in the United States about the content and importance of the Geneva Conventions, the humanitarian law of armed conflict.

The paper was received by the ICRC in Geneva, and a copy was sent the national headquarters of the American Red Cross. Staffers from the American Red Cross have used findings from the paper for a presentation at the Naval War College in Rhode Island.

Rogers, of River Falls, continues to work at national efforts involving teaching about the Geneva Conventions to American secondary school students in a course he's developed titled "Exploring Humanitarian Law." He's been joined by several area UW-RF graduates who are now teaching in the Ellsworth and New Richmond school districts on the nationalproject.

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