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November 16, 2006

Communication professor chosen to participate in Oxford Round Table

Lesli Pace, assistant professor of communication, is one of only 35 people chosen to participate in the Oxford Round Table at Pembroke College in the University of Oxford, Oxford England April 1-6.

The session entitled, "Women's Rights and Freedoms," will address the factors that perpetuate gender equality. The session will encompass gender inequality emanating from prevailing cultural, religious, social, economic, and legal conditions that foster discrimination.

Along with participating in the dialogue, Pace is invited and encouraged to present at the Round Table. Her presentation may then be submitted for publication in the Forum of Public Policy, a journal of the Oxford Round Table. She will present “Investigating Woman, Church and State: A Case Study of the Ontological Implications of Religious Policy.”

Of the upcoming session, Pace said, "We must be aware of our own beliefs and practices and the repercussions they have on the world around us. This conference will allow each participant to investigate perspectives from around the globe and take that knowledge home. Our discussions and paper presentations will enhance not only my scholarly endeavors, but also my performance in the classroom," she said. "Because I will return with an enhanced understanding of world policies and practices that shape women's lives, I can offer that knowledge to students at ULM, as well as the larger disciplinary audience through publication."

Pace received a B.A. at Southeast Missouri State University, an M.A. at Texas State University and a Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. All of her degrees are in Speech Communication. Pace arrived at ULM three years ago.

The Oxford Round Table was founded in 1989 as a forum for small groups of governmental, educational, and business leaders to engage in discussions of contemporary public policy that affect nations and states worldwide. The Oxford Round Table promotes human advancement and understanding through the improvement of education. The Round Table meets periodically and at each session is comprised of a small select group of leaders from both the public and private sectors of several countries.

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