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International and Conflict Studies speaker on April 9

Posted 03/31/14

Fitchburg State University will welcome alumna Jennifer Kurtinitis, disaster workforce engagement manager for the American Red Cross in the national capital region, to deliver the 2014 International and Conflict Studies Keynote Address.

The talk will be given Wednesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the main lounge at Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Admission is free and open to the public.

Kurtinitis, a 2004 graduate of Fitchburg State, works as the Manager, Online Disaster Training System for The American Red Cross at the National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In this role she manages the regional disaster training program, recruits volunteers to respond to large disasters and has personally supported over 100 disaster relief operations, including two national deployments. After completing her undergraduate degree in sociology at Fitchburg State, Kurtinitis went on to receive a Master of Arts in international politics with a concentration in relief and development at American University.

Kurtinitis has studied, worked and volunteered in the United Kingdom, Belgium and Ecuador. She has a passion for serving her community, starting her work at the American Red Cross as a volunteer, at local animal shelters and with the City of Takoma Park, Md., Emergency Preparedness Committee. Kurtinitis also skates for the Free State Roller Derby Black Eyed Suzies roller derby team.

The International and Conflict Studies Keynote Address series is supported by the Office of Academic Affairs and sponsored and hosted by the university’s International Studies Minor. It is co-sponsored by the Department of Economics, History and Political Science, the Center for Conflict Studies, the Office of International Education, the Office of Career Services, and the Office of Alumni Relations.

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