Jerald L. Fox
director, Office of International Education, 308.865.8246 or

A faculty member from Rostock University in Rostock, Germany, will give the first in a series of World Affairs Conference presentations at the University of Nebraska at Kearney at 11:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in Ockinga Auditorium.
Henning Griethe’s presentation, titled “What is Business Informatics?,” is free and open to the public.
Unlike previous years, when WAC events were held in one week in the spring, offerings will be held monthly from fall into the spring. Events are set for October through March, and will offer students, faculty and the public an opportunity to explore a transnational experience, focusing on immigration and how it affects immigrants.
“The conference serves as an opportunity for students to discuss current and pressing world issues,” said Jerry Fox, UNK director of International Education.

“The conference brings speakers from around the world to the UNK campus to discuss issues of importance to the world through a series of events, lectures, panels and performances.” The conference presentations are free and open to the public.
UNK conference sponsors include: International Education, Faculty Senate Artists and Lecturers Committee, Women’s Studies, Department of English, International Students Association, College of Education, College of Business and Technology, College of Fine Arts and Humanities, College of Natural and Social Sciences, and the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.
Community and other sponsors include: Scott and Cheryl Morris, Morris Cookbooks, Malaika Foundation and the Nebraska Department of Education Conference events include:

Wednesday, Nov. 8 — 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Copeland 140
       Wang DePing, Visiting Scholar, Shandong University at Weihai, P.R. China
       “My China of My Youth and My China Today”                
Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9 & 10 — 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ockinga Seminar Center
       Symposium for Teachers
       “Teaching Worldwise Students for the 21st Century”
       Sponsored by the Malaika Foundation, Nebraska Department of Education and
       the James E. Smith Midwest Series on World Affairs

Wednesday, Nov. 13 – time and place TBA                        
       Lt. Cesar Barrera, Bogota Police Department
       “Drugs and the Influence of International Terrorist Groups on Colombia”

Tuesday, Nov. 14 — 4:30 p.m., Atrium Thomas Hall        
Dr. William Aviles, Department of Political Science
“Global Capitalism, Democracy and Civil-Military Relations in Colombia”

January 8 – Feb. 9 — Walker Art Gallery
       “Super String”        Exhibition of work by three Chinese Artists:
       Yueh-mei Cheng, professor of studio art, University of Michigan;
       Miao Lin, Studio Artist, Madison, WI; and
       Gui-jie Zhang, Office of International Education, UNK.

Tuesday, Jan. 23 — Nebraskan Student Union, time TBA
       Rami Khouri – executive editor of the Lebanese newspaper
The Daily Star  
       “Avoiding Crisis in the Middle East: The Inside Track on the Combination of  
     Demographics, Economy, Ideology, Politics, Religion and Foreign Influence”

U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel – Invited (time and place TBA)

Friday, Feb. 16 — 4 p.m., Cedar Room, Nebraskan Student Union
       Dr. Sangeeta Ray, associate professor, Department of English, University of
        Maryland, “Transnational Feminism”

Saturday, March 4 — Scott and Cheryl Morris International Food Festival (time TBA)        
               Health and Sports Center

Monday, March 5 — Nebraskan Student Union (time TBA)                
       Dr. Andy Thompson, University of Glamorgan, U.K., Professor of Sociology
       “Nationalism in the U.K. and Issues of Naturalization”

Monday, March 5 — Nebraskan Student Union (time TBA)
       Dr. Martin Elbel, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic –
       “The rise of fundamentalism as a response to the Enlightenment and the        
     introduction of religious tolerance”

Monday, March 5 — Nebraskan Student Union (time TBA)
       Dr. Jan Stejskal, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic –
       “Christian fundamentalism (especially anti – Semitism) connected with Crusades  
      and its spread through Western and Central Europe.”

Monday, March 5 — Nebraskan Student Union (time TBA)
     Raheem Yaseer – invited. “Wahabiism and Fundamental Islam,” UNO Center
     for Afghan Studies