Posts tagged Ken Rutherford
Posts tagged Ken Rutherford
CISR’s director, Dr. Ken Rutherford, and trauma rehabilitation specialist, Cameron Macauley, arrived this evening (February 28) in Iraq with a late-night walk about Erbil to shake off jet lag.
They are preparing for a scoping mission centered on unexploded ordnance and landmine-risk education for Syrian refugees in Northern Iraq based on a CISR arts-based program that includes survivors and people with disabilities
The Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (CUSA) at the University of California, Irvine has selected Dr. Ken Rutherford as the recipient of the 2013–2014 Human Security Award for his efforts to bring attention and assistance to individuals impacted by landmine and unexploded-ordnance contamination in post-conflict societies.
The Human Security Award is presented each year to an individual who distinguished themself as a proponent for the enablement and protection of the world’s most vulnerable communities. In addition to accepting the award and an honorarium of $750, Rutherford will deliver a keynote speech at CUSA’s 2013–2014 Human Security Award Ceremony, which is scheduled to take place in May 2014.
CISR Director Dr. Ken Rutherford and students from St. Francis Catholic Central School, Morgantown, W.Va., at the Mine Ban Treaty event in Washington, D.C. on February 19.
The students are part of the West Virginia Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs, under the direction of their teacher and long-time friend, Nora Sheets.
Experience Vietnam—a rising global power undiscovered by mass tourism
Summer 2014: Study Abroad in Vietnam!
July 21–August 10
- Learn global politics through the lens of Vietnam and become immersed in local culture
- Study at University of Hue
- Travel to approximately 10 of Vietnam’s provinces
- Enjoy two homestays in Mekong Delta and Mai Chau with traditional dinners
- Swim at some of the world’s most beautiful, secluded beaches
- Visit the former demilitarized zone (DMZ), including Khe Sanh, Hien Luong and Vinh Moc
- Experience the floating market of Cae Be
- Walk with a guide around the ancient town of Hoi An
- Explore Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) with a full day of tours
- Watch thousands of storks as the sun sets at the Lang preserve
- Enjoy dinner and a cultural ceremony with Vietnamese college students
- Learn about landmine removal, and visit the Mine Action Visitor Center in Dong Ha
- Bike and boat along the Mekong River Delta
- Admire the panorama of Mai Chau from atop Cun Mountain and visit the Muong tribe
- Walk or bike through traditional rice fields in Mai Chau
- Take a night train to Danang and meet a JMU alumnus/entrepreneur with a Vietnamese business
Application Deadline: March 1, 2014
For more details and to apply, visit http://www.jmu.edu/international/abroad/programs/jmu-vietnam.shtml
*Receive credit for GPOSC 200: “Global Politics: Vietnam - Post Conflict Recovery and Humanitarian Affairs” or do an independent study (pending official GenEd approval)
*No Vietnamese language needed
International Student Conference on Global Citizenship: “Moving Towards Zero Catastrophe” with Christopher Agogo (Nigeria), Suwako Chinen (Japan), Professor Emiko (Hiroshima University, Japan), Mari Higginbotham (Japan) and Nwaba Eugene (Nigeria) — in Borobudur, Indonesia
"International Student Conference on Global Citizenship: Moving Towards Zero Catastrophe" hosted by the Universitas Katolik Parahyangan in Bandung: a break from proceedings with a field trip to Boroburdur Temple - Bassey Oforiwa Faustina (Ghana), Kami Ali Obeid Brama (Sudan), Natasha C. Barus (Indonesia), Steven Reinaldo (Indonesia)
On Monday, CISR Director Ken Rutherford will speak in Indonesia on “Decreasing the Risk of Men-Made Disaster and the Role of International Partnership to Nullify the Hazard of Catastrophe.”
Greetings from the 13th Meeting of the States Parties to the AP Mine Ban Convention in Geneva, where CISR had the pleasure of catching up with Muhabbat Ibrohimov (SMC ‘13), national director of the Tajikistan Mine Action Center (TMAC), and Reykhan Muminova (SMC ‘10), victim-assistance officer at TMAC.
A regional training course in Tajikistan is in the works for 2014!
Italian newspaper interviews CISR Director Ken Rutherford
Photo courtesy of AOAV.
Kenneth Rutherford was working as a humanitarian aid worker in Somalia in 1993. He was driving with a colleague through a rural area near the city of Mogadishu on a clear, blue day when his vehicle hit a landmine. The explosion tore through the vehicle.
Rutherford looked to his colleague to his right, who was black, and saw that he had been turned white because he was covered in dust from the explosion. Rutherford’s legs were so badly damaged that both would later have to be amputated below the knee.
"I was on my deathbed on the rocky, hard, Somali ground," Rutherford recounted for a Harvard Law School audience last week. "Blood was running down both of the backs of my legs, blood was coming out of my mouth and onto my shirt."