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Conversations at BSC hosts Patrick Atkinson on human trafficking

Posted on 4/19/2012

Patrick Atkinson
Patrick Atkinson
Bismarck State College ends this year's Conversations at BSC humanities series Sunday, April 22, with a discussion of "International Human Trafficking: An Historical Perspective and Relevancy to the Heartland."

Patrick Atkinson, founder and executive director of the Institute for Trafficked, Exploited and Missing Persons, presents an overview and update on the current worldwide situation starting at 3 p.m. in Sidney J. Lee Auditorium.

He will be joined by scholar Clay Jenkinson and BSC President Larry C. Skogen to discuss the humanities implications of these activities, particularly on the Great Plains. Comments and questions from the audience will complete the conversation.

Human trafficking is more ancient than the pyramids and continues today. Atkinson will give evidence of such activity in his presentation with on-screen visuals and a display.

Raised in Bismarck, Atkinson studied social work and went on to a 25-year international career in war zone reconciliation and post-war reconstruction. He has worked extensively in Central America, where he founded The God's Child Project and serves as its executive director. Atkinson has been knighted and is the recipient of numerous human rights awards, including the Guatemalan Congressional Medal. His life is the subject of the biography, "The Dream Maker," by Monica Hannan.

The program marks the fourth year that BSC has presented this series of conversations to enrich the community's understanding of our common humanity. For more information about the series, call BSC's Continuing Education, Training and Innovation at 701-224-5600.

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