Twenty-Ninth Annual ATWS Meeting in Brazil a Great Success

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The Twenty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS) was held in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, November 20-23. The conclave featured 90 attendees from around the world who participated in 25 panels and round tables that focused on the theme," Global Change, Shifting Dynamics, and the Third World."

The conference was co-sponsored by ATWS, Armstrong Atlantic State University, SUNY College at Plattsburgh, Georgia Southwestern State University, Millersville University, and Seton Hall University Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations.

Lauren Eastwood, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, SUNY College at Plattsburgh, with the assistance of a superlative organizing committee, conceived, organized and implemented a tremendously successful meeting . The conference organizing committee included Dr. Eastwood, Michael Hall, Ph.D. professor of history, Armstrong Atlantic State University, site coordinator, and Doyin Coker-Kolo, Ph.D., associate dean of education, Millerville University, treasurer of ATWS.

Special thanks and appreciation are extended to the following individuals and organizations: Ms. Leanne Marcy, administrative assistant for the Department of Sociology at SUNY College at Plattsburgh; Dr. Abdul Karim Bangura and Howard University; Dr. William Pederson, ATWS Executive Director, Louisiana State University Shreveport; and Mrs. Trish McEvoy and student workers in the Certification office at Millersville University.

The presidential address, "System Equilibrium, Transitions, and Demands of the Excluded," was presented by Assefaw Bariagaber, Ph.D., professor and chair, Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University.

A number of awards were presented to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the academic discipline of Third World Studies. Co-winners of the prestigious ATWS "Presidential Award" for 2011 were Chaitram Singh, Ph;D., Gund Professor of Government and International Studies, Berry College, and Samuel Zalanga, Ph.D., professor of sociology, Bethel University (Minnesota), for their "outstanding contributions to the promotion of scholarship devoted to the Third World."

The recipient of the "Lawrence Dunbar Reddick Memorial Scholarship Award," for the best article published on Africa in the year 2010 issues of Journal of Third World Studies (JTWS), was Clair Apodaca, Ph.D., associate professor of economics, Florida International University, for her outstanding article, "Do Global Strategies for Poverty Eradication in Sub-Saharan Africa Work? An Assessment of Several Macroeconomic Policies, "published in Volume 27, No. 2, Fall 2010 issue of JTWS. First runner-up (honorable mention) winner was Abdul Karim Bangura, Ph. …