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Students from ten different countries will talk about the political, economic, and social issues affecting their nations at a conference aimed at bringing a global awareness to the UT campus.

The conference, called “Global Connections: Exploring Issues That Affect Our International Community,” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on November 17 at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. It is free and open to the public.

The Ready for the World Committee and the College of Social Work are hosting the conference.

Michael Handelsman, director of the Global Studies program, will make the keynote speech, an introduction to the conference emphasizing the importance of global awareness. After the presentations, there will be roundtable discussions where attendees can further discuss topics of interest with the presenters as well as UT professors who are experts in those fields.

Having presentations from students who are natives of each country will give “a sense of authenticity to the conference, which we believe will enhance the learning experience of attendees,” said LaKiera Grimes, a junior in social work.

Grimes helped organize the conference with Mira Hanna and Jasmine Brown, both seniors in social work.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Lunch will consist of food from each of the ten countries represented at the conference.

For more information, visit the conference’s Eventbrite page.

C O N T A C TS :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, ablakely@utk.edu)

Holly Gary (865-974-2225, hgary@utk.edu)