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Keynote Address by Ken Rutherford at
Accessing Higher Ground Conference, Boulder, CO, 2002

Dr. Ken Rutherford is an alumni and former football player from the University of Colorado (PolSci- ’85, MBA- ‘93) and 2000 graduate of Georgetown University (Ph.D, Government). While working for the International Rescue Committee in Somalia in 1993, his landrover struck a landmine resulting in life -threatening injuries. Rutherford’s injuries caused the loss of his right leg shortly after the accident and, years later, the amputation of his left leg.

After his recovery and rehabilitation, Rutherford went on to complete his doctorate at Georgetown University, marry his fiancé from CU in 1994 and is now a professor of International Relations at Southwest Missouri State University. He has also been a committed advocate for the rights and needs of the landmine disabled and has traveled worldwide to speak out on the mass harm caused by these weapons. Rutherford is co-founder of the Washington-based Landmine Survivor’s Network, which in 1997 shared the Nobel Prize for its work in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. He has also campaigned for the “Adopt-a-Landmine” initiative, which worked toward clearing minefields from Mozambique.

RealMedia Video of Keynote Address

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RealMedia Video of Questions and Answer Session

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