An open forum about travel to developing and recovering countries will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, as part of the Montana State University Leadership Institute's Lunch Topic Series.

Panelists will discuss cultural sensitivities, including the psychological state, the effect of tourism and possible safety concerns when traveling, working and volunteering in these countries.

Dr. Ada Giusti, a MSU French professor, has set up humanitarian work for students in study abroad programs, done substantial international humanitarian work and is currently working on her book about volunteering in Francophone countries. Jill Davis, a MSU adjunct English professor, has extensive experience traveling abroad with college students, predominately in Northern Ireland, as well as teaching travel writing workshops. Maureen Weiland, a senior in the political science department, participated in an internship in Rwanda with students who were still recovering from the 1994 genocide 14 years later.

The program will be in MSU's Strand Union Building room 232; it is free and open to the public. Call the MSU Leadership Institute at 994-7275 for more information.

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