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Participating in the 2014 Salzburg Global Seminar has had “a profound effect” on Martha Buell, a professor of human development and family studies at the University of Delaware. The mission of the Austria-based international forum is to challenge current and future leaders to solve issues of global concern.

Buell, who directs the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC), attended the Salzburg seminar “Value(s) for Money? Philanthropy as a Catalyst for Social and Financial Transformation” this past March.

Buell explains that from its inception, early childhood care and education has relied on philanthropy, from the late 19th century with Jane Addams and Hull House to the current push by Nobel Laureate James Heckman to encourage businesses to invest in early education to build the economy.

“What I was able to learn about philanthropy’s many forms, functions and challenges will help me not only in my teaching and research, but also in discussing issues of policy, finance and society,” Buell says.

Buell is one of three UD faculty members selected as 2014 Salzburg Fellows, joining leaders from around the globe in seminars and discussions at the Schloss Leopodskron, a rococo palace that is now a national historic monument in Austria.

Founded in 1947 by three young visionaries from Harvard University as an international forum for those seeking a better future for Europe and the world after World War II, the Salzburg Global Seminar is designed to inspire new alliances, promote global dialogue, and create new professional networks and policy recommendations, as well as innovative global curricula.

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