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National conference on student service, activism

14 March 2005

ATTENTION: Higher education, student activism, political reporters

Contact: Noel Gallagher, Media Relations
(510) 643-7944 noelgallagher@berkeley.edu

COOL Idealist National Conference, the largest national meeting of college students involved in service, activism, politics and socially responsible work. Over 1,300 students from around the country are expected to attend.

Friday through Sunday, March 18-20

Various locations at the University of California, Berkeley.

There are 12 day-long forums on Friday and 165 workshops on Saturday and Sunday, with details available at http://www.idealist.org/ioc/conference/program.html.

Among the highlights:

Opportunities Fair: Friday, 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Pauley Ballroom West in the MLK Student Union. Local, national and international nonprofit sponsors offering job, internship, volunteer and graduate school opportunities.

Student-moderated plenary sessions: Saturday, 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Various locations. Seven panel discussions on topics such as climate change, alternative education, and social activism.

All Conference Celebration: Friday, 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Berkeley Community Theatre. Includes the presentation of the COOL Idealist awards and keynote speakers.

Oxfam Hunger Banquet: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Pauley Ballroom West in the student union. Participants are assigned socio-economic identities when they enter, with Third World status resulting in a seat on the floor and a small cup of rice and of water, while those assigned to a prosperous nation are fed a three-course meal at a table.

All Conference Closing: Sunday, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Wheeler Auditorium.

For more information please visit http://www.idealist.org/ioc/conference/ or contact Trish Tchume at trish@idealist.org.