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David Crane, an international leader in justice and law who has worked for the United Nations, U.S. Army and Department of Defense, will deliver the keynote speech at the Center for International Studies’ Homecoming Week event.

David Crane, an international leader in justice and law who has worked for the United Nations, U.S. Army and Department of Defense, will deliver the keynote speech at the Center for International Studies’ Homecoming Week event.

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Oct. 6 event to feature OHIO graduate and international law expert, alumni panel


The Ohio University Center for International Studies will welcome several distinguished alumni back to campus on Friday, Oct. 6, for a keynote speech and panel discussion in Baker University Center.

The Homecoming Week events will be held in Baker University Center 240/242 beginning at noon and are free and open to all students, faculty, staff and area residents. The events are being presented as part of the Global Professional Development Series of workshops, speeches and seminars this fall.

The keynote speech will be delivered at 12:30 p.m. by Dr. David Crane, an international leader in justice and law who has worked for the United Nations, U.S. Army and Department of Defense during his career. He is also the founder and vice president of the “I am Syria” campaign, which educates the world on the Syrian Conflict. 

The alumni panel will begin at 1 p.m. and will feature Ohio University alumni Bethany George, Omar Kurdi and Judi Crane The panel will be moderated by Dr. Ghirmai Negash, who serves as the director of the African Studies Program in the Center for International Studies and as a professor of English and post-colonial literature in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. David Crane earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the Ohio University College of Arts and Sciences in 1972 and his master’s degree in African studies from the Center for International Studies in 1973. He received his J.D. from Syracuse University in 1980 and went on to become a respected expert in international law. Earlier in 2017, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters degree from Ohio University when he spoke at the spring graduate Commencement ceremony.

During a 30-year career with the U.S. government, Dr. David Crane served as a judge advocate for the U.S. Army, assistant general counsel of the Defense Intelligence Agency and founding director of the Office of the Intelligence Review in the Department of Defense. He also has served as the Waldemar A. Solf Professor of International Law and chairman of the International Law Department in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School. Among his duties were prosecuting cases, educating attorneys on international humanitarian law and overseeing investigations into acts of terrorism and international aggression.

After retiring, he was appointed by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan as the founding chief prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He was responsible for evaluating and prosecuting individuals who committed crimes against humanity and violations of international human rights that occurred during the Sierra Leone civil war, 1991-2002. 

George, meanwhile, is an industry leader in investment, portfolio and fund management. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Scripps College of Communication and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. She is a past member of the Global Advisory Board for the Center for International Studies’ Global Leadership Center.

Kurdi, who will join the panel through teleconference, earned his bachelor’s degree in global studies from the War and Peace Program in the Center for International Studies. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Arts and Sciences and a minor in French and a certificate in European studies. He then went on to earn an MA in diplomacy from the Sciences Po in Paris, France. 

Judi Crane works in international diplomacy and logistics management for the U.S. Department of Defense. She earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics with a focus on early childhood education from the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education. 

The Global Professional Development Series is being offered by the Center for International Studies for its students this fall, but the Friday, Oct. 6 events are open to everyone.

For those who cannot attend, a livestream of the events can be viewed at https://youtu.be/EeL-JNPO2HQ.

For more information on the keynote speech, panel discussion or Global Professional Development Series, please call the Center for International Studies at 740-593-1840, send an email to international.studies@ohio.edu or visit www.ohio.edu/global/cis

This article was provided by the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies.