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Shepherd to host May 31-June 1 Phi Beta Delta conference

ISSUED: 21 May 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University will host the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars 33rd annual International Conference May 31-June 1, which will offer several events that are open to the public. About 70 participants are expected to attend the conference, which is titled “Innovative Strategies in Promoting Global Learning” and will offer sessions that touch on topics such as forming international partnerships, studying abroad, and incorporating international topics into the curriculum.

Members of the public can participate in pre- and post-conference Civil War tours, a walking tour of Shepherdstown, and attend the keynote address. The Civil War tours will include Antietam National Battlefield, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Charles Town, and Shepherdstown. Tours will take place Thursday, May 30, from 1-5 p.m., led by Dr. James Broomall, director, George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War; and Sunday, June 2, from 1-5 p.m., led by Dr. Benjamin Bankhurst, assistant professor of history. The cost of each tour, which will leave from Potomac Place on West Campus, is $20, payable to the Shepherd University Foundation. Reservations should be made by May 29 by contacting Dr. Ann Marie Legreid, dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at or 304-876-5332. Seating is limited.

A Shepherdstown walking tour focusing on the town’s history and architecture led by Dr. Keith Alexander, associate professor of history, will take place Friday, May 31, beginning at 10 a.m. at Erma Ora Byrd Hall. The tour is free and open to the public.

The keynote address on human trafficking and immigration by Christine L. Glover, J.D., immigration attorney for Catholic Charities of West Virginia’s Migration and Refugee Services, is free and open to the public and will take place Friday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Erma Ora Byrd auditorium. Glover, who focuses on serving vulnerable populations, including victims of crimes such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and human trafficking in the Eastern Panhandle, will be inducted as an honorary member of Phi Beta Delta following her presentation.

Legreid, who is president-elect of Phi Beta Delta, encourages members of the public to attend these events, or to register for the entire conference if they are interested.

“Global learning and global understanding are so important to all of us, not just for people affiliated with Shepherd or the honor society,” Legreid said “We live in a global village. We talk about globalization almost every day, so it is highly relevant and certainly immigration and refugee and human trafficking issues are of interest to a very broad audience.”

The cost to participate in the full conference is $350 for nonmembers and $175 for students who register by May 30. Onsite registration is available for $400 for nonmembers and $200 for students. For more information, visit

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