Lisa Ling to Speak at Building Bridges Conference at Gustavus

Posted on March 6th, 2007 by

Lisa Ling will speak at Gustavus on March 10

Lisa Ling will speak at Gustavus on March 10

Lisa Ling will give the keynote address at the Gustavus Adolphus College 12th annual Building Bridges Conference at noon Saturday, March 10 in Alumni Hall, located in the O.J. Johnson Student Union. The theme of this year’s conference is “Find Your Voice: Putting Awareness Into Action.”

Lisa Ling is the host of the award-winning documentary series “Explorer” from the National Geographic Channel. As the first woman host since the series’ premiere two decades ago, Ling immerses herself in the stories she investigates, sometimes going undercover and into dangerous locations. Ling also serves as a special contributor to “The Oprah Winfrey Show” where she reports from various locations such as India and the Congo.

The conference is open to the public. Cost is $10 for non-student adults, and free of charge for college students, high school students, St. Peter residents, and Gustavus students, faculty, and staff.

The schedule for the day is:
· 9-9:30 a.m. — Registration
· 9:30-9:45 a.m. — Opening Address
· 10-11 a.m. — Workshop Session 1
· 11 a.m.-12 p.m. — “I Am, We Are” performance
· 12-1:30 p.m. — Keynote lecture by Lisa Ling — “Journalism as a Vehicle for Activism and Social Change”
· 1:30-2:30 p.m. — Lunch on your own
· 2:30-3:30 p.m. — Workshop Session 2
· 3:30-4:30 p.m. — “I Am, We Are” performance
· 4:30 p.m. — Closing Remarks

The annual Building Bridges conference is a student-led, student-initiated diversity conference organized to promote mutual respect and understanding of diversity and to deal with diversity in a proactive, social, and informative way. For more information and to register, contact the Office of Diversity at (507) 933-7449 or visit the website at


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin


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