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Living Peace Series Presents Dr. James Orbinski on Humanitarianism

By Ricardo T. Light Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – The Living Peace Foundation, in partnership with the Blum Center at UC Irvine, presented an intimate discussion between Dr. James Orbinski and filmmaker Bobby Bailey at the Barclay Theater at UC Irvine. The event was part of the foundation’s Living Peace Series, which features international leaders[…]

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Year in Review: 2016

In 2016, the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation expanded its research and programmatic activities. As we begin a new year, we reflect on the events, scholars, and students that impacted the Center. Click each section below to learn more about a few of our favorite moments from the past year: Events In 2016 we partnered[…]

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Dr. Martin Burt on Social Entrepreneurship and Scholarly Advice

By Ricardo Tomas Light Social Entrepreneur, Dr. Martin Burt, recently visited UC Irvine for a special presentation, “Social Entrepreneurship: Microfinance, Education, and Poverty Elimination”. The Blum Center had the honor of interviewing Dr. Burt about his work and advice for young scholars.     Dr. Martín Burt was born and raised in Paraguay, a South American country of[…]

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Blum Center Welcomes Visiting Scholar, Dr. James Orbinski to UC Irvine

The Blum Center at UC Irvine will have the honor of hosting Dr. James Orbinski, founder of Dignitas International and  former president of Doctors Without Borders, as a guest scholar. Dr. Orbinski was chosen to represent Doctors Without Borders when the organization was awarded Nobel Prize in 1999. His extraordinary service with Doctors Without Borders[…]

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Blum Researcher Launches Food Security Initiative in Swaziland

Swaziland has been plagued by HIV, stagnant economic growth, and increasing climatic uncertainty. This small kingdom in Subsaharan Africa, however, is the focus of the latest initiative to temper food insecurity. In 2014, while observing what a powerful role malnutrition was playing in limiting health and development, Social Ecology doctoral student, Connor Harron, launched the[…]

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The 2017 Beall New Venture Competition – Kickoff Event on 11/9

Learn more about the 2017 Competition HERE.

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100&Change Application: Flood Modeling for Poverty Alleviation

Flooding is the most destructive type of natural disaster, affecting 100 million people globally, especially in developing nations. Much is being done, but current efforts are not bending the trajectory of human history away from more frequent, and more destructive, flooding disasters. We’ve entered a competition called 100&Change for a $100 million MacArthur Foundation grant[…]

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Big Ideas Contest Launches for 2016

Posted September 6, 2016 on the Big Ideas website. The annual Big Ideas Contest launches on September 6th. As one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious social impact contests, Big Ideas provides up to $300,000 directly to students each year for their groundbreaking initiatives. Armed with the training and seed funding provided by Big[…]

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Student delivers hope to hospital in homeland

By Alec Rosenberg, UC Newsroom Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Born in central Uganda, Lydia Natoolo has dedicated herself to helping Atutur Hospital in the Kumi District of eastern Uganda. Photo Credit: Craig Hung If you’ve ever doubted the power of one person to make a difference in the world, you need to meet Lydia Natoolo.[…]

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Blum Center hosts the 2016 Global Food Summit

The Blum Center For Poverty Alleviation held the 2nd part of the two-part conference on Global Food Security at UC Irvine on May 5-6. Focusing on topics relating to food security, sustainability, and development, the conference featured speakers such as Janet Napolitano, Nora Gilbert, and Paula Daniels. Dr. Wendy Slusser from Health Science Clinical Professor[…]

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