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The 2019 Global Opportunities Expo will include: an info-fair of language and area studies units/offices at KU; a continental breakfast & welcome reception; lunch catered by KU; and an info-session about financial assistance made possible by the U.S. Department of Education. The expo will also feature students and faculty from regional schools as part of: two keynote presentations by KU faculty; a student panel about global experiences; Red Hot Research presentations; and spoken word (poetry, personal essay, etc.) and dance performances by students/student groups.

8:30 a.m.

Tabling +Breakfast Forum A & B, Burge Union


Arrive early to learn about global opportunities around the region. Current KU and Donnelly College staff and students will be available to speak to you about academic programs, university resources, and student organizations.


Meet fellow students interested in global careers.


Enjoy a free continental breakfast of fruits, pastries, and refreshments; socialize with colleagues from around the region. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available.

9:30 a.m.

Welcome +Overview Forum C & D, Burge Union


Welcome to the 2019 Global Opportunities Expo where you will learn about academic and study abroad programs, careers, initiatives, and intriguing ideas that should inspire all of us to think and act globally!

10:00 a.m.

Global Opportunities Student Panel


A panel of undergraduate and graduate students at KU will share their experiences studying abroad, working in international internships, volunteering in civil service and/or navigating graduate degrees in area studies.


J. Scott Metz, MAJ, U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer; University of Kansas, M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), FLAS Fellow studying Mískitu



FAO studying the Argentine military regime of the 1970s and 1980s


Sarina Shanks, University of Kansas, M.A. in Architecture



She went on the Architecture in Asia winter break program and learned about architecture in Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan.


Arturo Hernandez, Donnelly College, Associate of Arts in Theology



He volunteered as part of a Catholic charity working in Nicaragua during civil unrest of 2018.


Alaina DeLeo, University of Kansas, B.A. in Global & International Studies and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES)



She participated in the Russian with the Siberian Studies program in Irkutsk


Rachel Wakefield, University of Kansas, B.A. in Biology and Anthropology



She studied in Tanzania with the SIT: Tanzania Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology program.

10:50 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Faculty Keynote Presentations


Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Kansas



Dr. Hodges Persley's research addresses the impact of racial, ethnic, and national identity on performance practices in theatre, television and film.


Dr. John Kennedy, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas



Dr. Kennedy’s interests include comparative politics, Chinese politics, and rural political development.

11:30 a.m.

Lunch +Traditional Dance Performance


Thang Cuai, Donnelly College, Undergraduate &Ngun Cuai, Donnelly College, Undergraduate


Traditional performance of “Cheers of Our Chin Land” from the Chin Province of Myanmar. 

12:30 p.m.


12:45 p.m.

Global Perspectives in the Arts


Personal, emotional, and thought-provoking poetry readings by KU and Donnelly College students.


Mercy Kumah, Donnelly College, Undergraduate





Gülnar Eziz, University of Kansas, PhD. in Anthropology



“Iz” (Uyghur poem; “Trace” or “Tracks” in English Translation)


Itzel Ramos, Donnelly College, Undergraduate





Andrea Gomez, Donnelly College, Undergraduate



“When It’s Not the Season”


Olivier Walemba, Donnelly College, Undergraduate





William Hatungimana, University of Kansas, PhD in Political Science




2:00 p.m.

Red Hot Global Research


Learn what KU and Donnelly College students and faculty are doing across the world and right here in the Midwest.


Panel 1: Culture, Identity, and Movement


Dr. Paula Console-Soican, Assistant Professor of English at Donnelly College



“Who is Cosmopolitanism For?”


Monica Martinez, University of Kansas, B.A. in American Studies



“Multiracialism in Latino/a/x Studies”


Natasha Banks, Donnelly College, B.A. in Organizational Leadership 



“Life in the Clouds”

2:30 p.m.

Panel 2: Geopolitical Development, Immigration, and Health


Alexander Diener, Associate Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Science at the University of Kansas



“Mongolia’s First Highways”


Lev Comoli, University of Kansas, B.A. in Economics, Anthropology and Global & International Studies



“U.S. Foreign Direct Investment & Mexican Immigration”


Nathan Schellenberg, University of Kansas, M.A. in Linguistics, FLAS Fellow studying Korean



“Growing New Ears: Acoustic Adaptations in Korean Learners”

3:00 p.m.

Panel 3: Culture, Nation, and Identity in the Arts


Richard Esvang, Adjunct Faculty of Public Speaking and Theatre at Donnelly College



“The Authentic Voice and its Contribution to Learning”


Gibette Encarnacion, University of Kansas, PhD in English



“Leyenda Dominicana: The Novel and the Archive in Manuel de Jesús Galván’s Enriquillo”


Tweesna Mills, University of Kansas, M.A. in Indigenous Studies, FLAS Fellow studying Kaqchikel Maya




3:30 p.m.

Panel 4: Systems of Oppression and Resistance


Amanda Snider, Outreach Coordinator for the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas



“The Reinvention of a Uyghur Gathering”


Camila Mican Rondon, University of Kansas, B.A. Global & International Studies



“Systems of Oppression or Emancipation? Understanding the Colombian Education System Through Critical Education”


Eric Splavec, University of Kansas, B.A. in Political Science




4:00 p.m.


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