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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.

Break

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.

Break

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

 

 

“Akata”

 

Gülnar Eziz, University of Kansas, PhD. in Anthropology

 

 

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

 

Itzel Ramos, Donnelly College, Undergraduate

 

 

“Dad”

 

Andrea Gomez, Donnelly College, Undergraduate

 

 

“When It’s Not the Season”

 

Olivier Walemba, Donnelly College, Undergraduate

 

 

“Escape”

 

William Hatungimana, University of Kansas, PhD in Political Science

 

 

TBA

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

 

 

TBA

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

 

 

TBA

4:00 p.m.

Wrap-up


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