University of Pittsburgh
February 28, 2007

University of Pittsburgh to Present 12th Annual Transcending Boundaries Conference, "The Flip Side of Globalization"

Leading authority on homeland security John Lauder will give keynote address
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-Pitt's 12th Annual Transcending Boundaries Conference titled "The Flip Side of Globalization" will explore the unanticipated consequences of globalization, such as outsourcing and the unequal distribution of generic drugs.

A luncheon will kick off the event at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, in the Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Keynote speaker John A. Lauder is internationally recognized as a leading authority on weapons of mass destruction, nonproliferation, arms control, and homeland security. Recently retired from the federal government, Lauder has managerial, analytical, and policy experience in the Central Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, and national security.

Following the luncheon, student panel discussions will be held on the third floor of Posvar Hall, 230 Bouquet St., Oakland. The conference will continue March 24 with additional student panel discussions, which will focus on such topics as infectious disease, weapons proliferation, political instability, and cyber threats.

The conference is sponsored Pitt's AGORA, a graduate student organization affiliated with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs that specializes in professional and academic development; the Association of Women in Public Health; and Carnegie Mellon University's International Development Group.

The event is free and open to the public, though registration is required. For more information or to register, visit the AGORA Web site at and click on "Transcending Boundaries Conference."