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Tanzania, Middle East are topics of upcoming events

Senior environmental science major Colleen Zumpf had plenty of hands-on learning opportunities in Tanzania through an ACM study abroad program.
Foreign lands will be the topic of a pair of Monmouth College events Feb. 22-23.

Steve Bloomer will introduce the next Great Decisions topic, “Exit from Afghanistan and Iraq,” on Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tartan Room of Stockdale Center. Following his opening remarks, there will be approximately one hour of group discussion. The weekly Great Decisions discussion forums are free and open to the public.

A member of MC’s development since staff in 2007, Bloomer earned a master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College and American Military University. The 1983 Monmouth graduate served for more than 27 years in the National Guard, where he was employed 22 years and rose to the rank of colonel.

Bloomer will address such questions as “What exit strategy will help Afgahanistan and Iraq build stable democratic nations?” and “What is the role of the U.S. in the future of the Middle East?”

Biology professor James Godde and senior environmental science major Colleen Zumpf of Frankfort will be featured at the next International Luncheon on Feb. 23 at noon in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of the Stockdale Center.

Titled “Adventures in Tanzania,” the talk will highlight their experiences during last semester’s Associated Colleges of the Midwest program in the African nation. Godde was the faculty director of the ACM’s Ecology and Human Origins program, and Zumpf will discuss the semester abroad from a student’s perspective.

A buffet lunch, featuring international foods, is available. A meal ticket may be purchased for $7.50 can be purchased at the luncheon, but lunch reservations must be made by Feb. 20 by calling 309-457-2149. Anyone may attend the presentation without obligation to purchase the meal.