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International development expert to speak, Nov. 8

International development expert Michael Edwards will discuss "Civil Society: Big Idea or Political Slogan?" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Edwards is director of the governance and civil society program at the Ford Foundation, which works with state and local governments and citizens' groups to foster peace and social justice. He has been active in the international development arena for more than 20 years.

Previously, Edwards worked for the World Bank in Washington, D.C., leading efforts to improve the agency's understanding of and engagement with a wide range of civic groups. He also has held senior management positions with international relief and development organizations, including Oxfam and Save the Children.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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