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Two international educators plan BYU lectures March 11

Part of 48th annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society in Salt Lake City March 9-12

Two internationally recognized educators will visit the Brigham Young University campus Thursday, March 11, as part of the 48th annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society to be held in Salt Lake City March 9-12.

Jose Joaquin Brunner, senior professor responsible for graduate studies at the Government School of Adolfo Ibanez University in Chile and a director of the Program for Innovation in Education of the Chilean Foundation, will lecture at 11 a.m.

Le Ngoc Tra, director general of the Institute for Educational Research and a professor of education at Ho Chi Minh City University in Vietnam, will speak at 1:30 p.m.

Both lectures will be held in 238 Herald R. Clark Building just south of the Harold B. Lee Library on the BYU campus. The public is welcome to attend.

The lectures are sponsored by the David O. McKay School of Education and the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU.

CIES is an association of educators and scholars, many of whom work for major universities, government agencies, development assistance agencies and international consulting firms, said CIES president-elect Donald Holsinger, who is also a BYU professor of education.

"This conference is a rare opportunity to showcase BYU's international programs and outreach," said Karen E. Hyer, CIES program chair and an adjunct professor in BYU's Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations.

"Programs such as the Kennedy Center's international study programs and our service-learning initiatives are of great interest to professionals and organizations engaged in development projects," she said. "Several members of the BYU faculty are members and attend the conference regularly, and BYU hosted a regional CIES conference two years ago."

The Women's Research Institute is hosting the conference's Gender and Education Symposium, also on March 11. Titled "Examining the Social, Cultural and Political Contexts of Gender and Education," the symposium will propose viable and innovative strategies for achieving gender parity in education.

Carol Ward and Addie Fuhriman, both faculty affiliates of the Women's Research Institute, as well as institute director Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill will speak at the symposium.

For more information on the conference, please contact Karen Hyer, (801) 422-1360, cies2004@byu.edu, or visit the conference Web site at http://cies.byu.edu.

Brunner is well-known for his distinguished service to the worldwide community of education scholars and practitioners. In Chile, he has worked extensively since the '70s to reform and improve education. He was actively involved in politics and is regarded as one of the most influential public figures to participate in the political struggle to return democratic institutions to Chile.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Tra has been a professor of literature at HCMC University of Education since 2001.

He has published numerous books, journal articles and reports on culture, aesthetics and education topics. In 1991, Tra was awarded the National Prize in Vietnam for excellence in research for his work on Theory of Literature.

Tra has been a member of the education faculty universities in Scotland, Vietnam and Russia.

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