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Visiting Professor Honored by State Department for Refugee Work

Three-Continent Master’s Program Aims to Create Global Business Experts

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Truman Calls for Tolerance and Understanding in Atomic Age

Visiting Professor Honored by State Department for Refugee Work

Larry Hollingworth

Photo courtesy of Larry Hollingworth
A visiting professor of humanitarian studies at Fordham was lauded by the State Department on April 6 for helping refugees in the former Yugoslavia.

Larry Hollingworth was among seven honorees cited by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for playing leading roles in refugee crises around the world.

Hollingworth headed the Sarajevo office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees in 1994. In that role, he negotiated humanitarian access to towns besieged by fighting, Clinton said.

He led convoys of food trucks through combat lines, evacuated hundreds of women and children, and warned the world about the dangers of Srebrenica months before 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were massacred there in July 1995.

“Those who serve in war zones discover the hard realities of trying to deliver aid, extricate refugees, negotiate ceasefires and protect civilians,” Clinton said. “Larry brought courage, political acumen and moral clarity to a seemingly impossible situation.”

Hollingworth works with the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham and is the humanitarian programs director for the Center for International Health and Cooperation (CIHC).

He said he draws inspiration from two of the event’s other honorees—Harriet Tubman, who helped more than 70 slaves escape to freedom using the Underground Railroad; and Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat, for assisting people persecuted by the Nazis during World War II.

Hollingworth said if he had to pick one word to describe how he felt at the ceremony, it would be overwhelmed.

“I refused to believe it until it actually took place,” he said. “I hope that Mr. Wallenberg and Ms. Tubman do not object from wherever they look down upon us. But they know that I got it as the leader of a team effort.”

Kevin Cahill, M.D., director of IIHA, called the award a well-deserved recognition of an incredible life devoted to relief work in crises all over the world.

“Larry came to work with me 14 years ago; he’s just a wonderful human being,” Cahill said. “If you got caught in a bad place, you wanted someone like Larry—who was a very committed army officer—to get you out of that place.

“He’s a wonderful, warm teacher,” Cahill continued. “We at the CIHC/IIHA know so well that he has trained a new generation of humanitarian workers—more than 1,500 graduates from 133 nations so far. They are his finest legacy.”

—Patrick Verel


Three-Continent Master’s Program Aims to Create Global Business Experts

David A. Gautschi, Ph.D.
Some graduate business programs require students to attend classes and workshops off-campus. Students in Fordham’s new business management program will take classes on three continents.

The Three-Continent Master of Global Management program is a joint effort of the Graduate School of Business Administration (GBA), Antwerp Management School of Belgium and Xavier Institute of Management in India. The one-year, full-time program calls for students to spend four months on each continent. The first cohort is scheduled to begin in September, pending state approval.

“These people will be able to navigate the world in a way in which graduates of conventional programs would probably struggle,” said David A. Gautschi, Ph.D., dean of GBA. “Their opportunities will be much more expansive then their peers’.”

Sixty students from all three schools will begin their one-year academic journey in Antwerp, Belgium, a cosmopolitan city with a rich history in Western European affairs. Then they will spend four months in Bhubaneswar, the capital of the Indian state of Odisha, which is known as the city of temples. Finally, the students will finish the program in New York City.

The places the program will take the students are not exactly on the tourist route. This is not New York, Paris and London,” Gautschi said.

“There are 6.5 billion people on this planet. This program places the student with people and in parts of the world where there is both rich history and dynamism that the student might otherwise not have the opportunity to understand. It takes advantage of the cultural diversity in the student group and the distinctive characteristics of the three venues by combining a curriculum that is both rigorous and experiential,” he explained.

For more information about this program, contact Katherine Randolph, director of international programs, at or (212) 636-6210.

—Gina Vergel


This Month in Fordham History…

Truman Calls for Tolerance and Understanding in Atomic Age

President Harry S. Truman
On May 11, 1946, in an address at the Rose Hill campus, President Harry S. Truman proclaimed the “new and terrible responsibilities” facing educators in the atomic age.

That age, which began nine months before when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, called for mastery of what President Franklin D. Roosevelt referred to as the “science of human relationships,” he said.

“There is at least one defense against [the atomic bomb],” Truman said. “It is the defense of tolerance and of understanding, of intelligence and thoughtfulness. When we have learned these things, we shall be able to prove that Hiroshima was not the end of civilization, but the beginning of a new and better world. That is the task which confronts education.”

Truman spoke at a ceremony marking 100 years since Fordham received its state charter. Afterward, the 19 steps above Edwards Parade were rechristened the Terrace of the Presidents. The names of heads of state—including Truman—who received Fordham honorary degrees are carved into its steps.

—Chris Gosier




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