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Global orphan crisis to be Jan. 23 lecture topic at BYU

John Williamson, an international authority on orphans and vulnerable children, will discuss “Conspiracy of Silence: The Catastrophic Global Orphan Crisis” at Brigham Young University Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. in 3224 Wilkinson Student Center.

Williamson will address policy and practices regarding the global orphan crisis and the effort being made to care for 145 million children who have lost their parents due to conflicts, natural disasters and HIV/AIDS. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

He is the senior technical adviser to the Displaced Children and Orphans Fund within the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has co-authored many publications, such as the “Children on the Brink series and “A Generation at Risk.”

His visit is sponsored by the Marjorie Pay Hinckley Endowed Chair in Social Work and the Social Sciences, which was created to honor the service and contribution of Sister Hinckley, whose humor and honesty touched so many, said David B. Magleby, dean of the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences.

For more information about the Marjorie Pay Hinckley Endowed Chair, visit http://fhss.byu.edu/chairs/hinckley/default.htm. For additional information or to schedule an interview with Williamson, contact Jini Roby at (801) 422-5085 or Kim Gibson at (801) 422-1320.

Writer: Kim Gibson

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