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Global Opportunities Expo Agenda

The 2020 Global Opportunities Expo will include: an International Student Association-organized festival of international and indigenous nations represented by students at our institutions (30+); 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; a student panel about global experiences; bite-sized research presentations; spoken word (poetry, personal essay, etc.); and dance performances by students/student groups.

8:30 a.m.

Early Bird Breakfast – Forum A & B, Burge Union

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

9:00 a.m.

Welcome Overview – Forum C & D, Burge Union


Welcome to the 2020 Global Opportunities Expo where you will learn about international academic studies, study abroad programs, careers, initiatives, and intriguing ideas that inspire all of us to think and act globally!

9:30 a.m.

Global Opportunities Student Panel


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

10:20 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

Keynote Presentations


The world is big and full of opportunities! Becomes inspired by the possibilities, and learn how you can prepare to make an impact locally, nationally, or globally.

11:20 a.m.

Arts Around the World


Few things bring the world together like art and entertainment! Enjoy lively performances from students that touch your emotions and spark your curiosity.

12:30 p.m.

Exploration of Nations


The KU International Student Association presents: "The Exploration of Nations"

Travel around the world and learn about international and indigenous cultures in Kansas!

Students from the University of Kansas, Donnelly College and Haskell Indian Nations University will represent as many as 30 international and indigenous nations with fun, interactive activities. Staff and students from international programs will be available to speak to you about academic studies, university resources, student organizations, and much, much more.

Lunch will be provided for all attendees, including foods and drinks from every major global region. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available.

2:00 p.m.

Wrap-up & Goodbye

Red Hot Global Research

The 2020 Global Opportunities Expo will also inclde a series of "Red Hot Global Research" panels for people interested in exploring deeper connections to the world. See the schedule and topics below, as some panels are concurrent with other scheduled programming.

9:30 a.m.

Red Hot Global Research – Forum A & B, Burge Union


Learn what students and world renowned faculty are doing across the world and right here in the Midwest. Presenters will give small, bite-sized introductions to ideas and research that inspire us to think and act globally.


Panel 1: Movements & Migration

10:00 a.m.

Panel 2: Politics, Science, and Health

2:30 p.m.

Panel 3: Culture, Nation, and Identity

3:00 p.m.

Panel 4: Systems of Oppression and Resistance

4:00 p.m.



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