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Old Dominion University President Roseann Runte will award Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during an academic ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3 in the North Cafeteria of Webb University Center. Hassan will then address those gathered for the ceremony.
The event is part of the three-day annual conference of the international Club of Rome, "Youth: Challenges & Promises for a Better Future - A Cross-generational Dialogue," held Oct. 1-3 at Old Dominion.

Hassan is president and Runte a member of the club, a global think tank that voices a concern for the future of humanity and stimulates public debate on major issues. Composed of scientists, heads of state, educators, businesspeople and humanists, the 100-member club is best known for its groundbreaking 1972 report, "Limits to Growth," which was the first major document to recognize that global resources could not sustain population and consumer growth.

"In a complex world full of uncertainties and fast shifts in the spheres of economics, politics and culture, young people play a key role as the inheritors of our planet," said Runte. "The Old Dominion University campus is a perfect, inspiring venue for a frank and fruitful dialogue across disciplines and generations."

The younger brother of the late King Hussein of Jordan, Hassan served as his brother's closest political adviser and was regent of the country during the king's absences. He has been a leading Arab statesman for almost three decades, is a prolific author, and has won scores of awards and honors.

The Club of Rome annual conference, which features a day of private discussions and two days of public seminars, will include workshops on sustainable development, creating employment in a globalized world, how to respond to global challenges in education, the challenges for tomorrow's leaders and the importance of ethics in decision making.

Seminars on Sunday, Oct. 2 and Monday, Oct. 3, are free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

The honorary degree ceremony on Monday will be viewable live via videostreaming on the Web at http://www.lions.odu.edu/org/ats/multimedia/streamed_events/events/rome_degree/.

The full schedule is as follows:

Sunday, Oct. 2
9:15 a.m.
Welcome Address - Roseann Runte, Old Dominion University
Opening Statement - Prince El Hassan bin Talal, President, Club of Rome
Constant Hall, Lecture Theater

10 a.m. Workshops
●"Sustainable Development: Thirty Years from Now"
●"The Future of Work: How to Create Employment in a
Globalized World?"
Constant Hall

1:30 p.m.
"Lessons from 'Limits to Growth': The 30-Year Update" by author Dennis Meadows
Constant Hall

3 p.m.
Interactive Video Teleconference
Students from Florida, Canada and Northern Virginia will share their lessons and experiences from a project focusing on the environment, teaching nonviolence and international education.
Gornto TELETECHNET Center Studio

4 p.m.
●"Education: How to Respond to Global Challenges?"
●"Celebrating Diversity: Beyond Tolerance to Cultural Understanding"
Constant Hall

Monday, Oct. 3
9 a.m.
Honorary Degree Ceremony
North Cafeteria, Webb University Center
Videostreamed live at http://www.lions.odu.edu/org/ats/multimedia/streamed_events/events/rome_degree/

10 a.m.
"The Challenges for Tomorrow's Leaders"
Webb University Center

11 a.m.
"A Cross-generation Dialogue: Which Tools and Strategies Are Needed to Tackle the Problems of Tomorrow?"
Webb University Center

12:30 p.m.
Presentation of the Virginia Message
"A Vision for a World Resolutique"
Webb University Center

For more information call 683-3159.

This article was posted on: September 29, 2005

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