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JWAC speaker to focus on poverty Thursday

Posted: May 15, 2014 - 12:05am

The Juneau World Affairs Council will host a presentation by visiting speaker Alex Counts titled “Combating Rural Poverty Through ‘Last Mile’ Solutions” at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, May 15 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Counts is president and CEO of the Grameen Foundation, which he founded after having worked in microfinance and poverty reduction for 10 years. A Cornell University graduate, Counts’ commitment to poverty eradication deepened as a Fulbright scholar in Bangladesh, where he witnessed innovative poverty solutions being developed by Grameen Bank. He trained under Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, and co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.

Coming up next, on May 21 at the KTOO studios, the JWAC will host a presentation by Tony Woodcock titled “How the Venezuelan music program El Sistema has spread worldwide and how Juneau is a part of it through Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM).”  Woodcock is president of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, that just graduated its fifth class of Sistema Fellows. The Fellows are creating and leading musical education centers for children throughout the United States and beyond. Lorrie Heagy, director of JAMM, was a member of the first class of Fellows, and has created a program here in Juneau that embodies the ideals of El Sistema.

For more information visit www.jwac.org.

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