Woodrow Wilson Fellow to discuss developing nations and World Bank

Gretchen M. Handwerger of the World Bank, a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Bates, will discuss The Developing Nations and the World Bank at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, in Chase Hall Lounge. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

As special representative to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) since 1991, Handwerger represents the World Bank at policy meetings and day-to-day interaction with the OECD, with an emphasis on the work of its development assistance committee.

In her career with the World Bank, Handwerger also has served as a United Nations liaison (1990-91), a program coordinator and special assistant to the senior vice president for policy, planning and research (1987-89) and co-financing coordinator in the South Asia Region (1986-87).

From 1975 to 1978, Handwerger worked with the U.S. Peace Corps in Washington, D.C., as deputy and acting director (1977-79), director of management (1975-77) and in various staff positions from the organization’s inception (1961-72). Handwerger, who received her A.B. from Swarthmore College, is a member of the editorial board of Wittenberg Review, a trustee of National Cathedral School and National Child Research Center and chair of the World Bank United Way campaign.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program brings leaders in their fields to the campuses of small liberal arts colleges for a week of classes, informal discussions with students and faculty, and career counseling. The program attempts to gather people from diverse backgrounds and with different points of view in an atmosphere in which they can learn about each other. Writers are included in the program to stimulate greater appreciation of the written word.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has developed and conducted programs in higher education since 1945. Nearly 20 colleges have participated in the Visiting Fellows program since 1973.

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