1:00-1:10 pmWelcome & Overview – Open to the Public
Jane Ann Williams, Associate Vice President University of Central Arkansas, International Engagement Conway, Arkansas, US
1:10-1:15 pm Introduction of His Excellency Diabaté Daouda, Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire by Steve Runge Provost and Executive Vice President University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas, US
1:15-1:35 pm Opening Keynote – Open to the Public
His Excellency Diabaté Daouda, Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire
Washington, D.C., US
1:45-2:00 pm Introduction to Conway and UCA – Open to the Public
Public-Private Partnerships: Growing a City, Growing a University Greg Williams, Chief Executive Officer Nabholz Corporation, Conway, Arkansas, US
2:05-2:25 pm Education Keynote – Open to the Public
Global Education: Foundation, Peace and Civil Society
Democratization of Education: Access, Information and Communication Technologies, and Education in Value
Marcelo DeVincenzi, Vice President for Management and Evaluation and Dean School of Information Technology
Universidad Abierta Interamericana, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2:30-3:15 pm Global Education Congress – Open to the Public
The Global Education Congress provides a venue for university presidents, education professionals, scholars, ambassadors and consulates from around the world to discuss collaboration opportunities.
Marcelo De Vincenzi, Vice President for Management and Evaluation and Dean School of Information Technology Universidad Abierta Interamericana, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Samuel Koffi, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer International University of Grand-Bassam, Grand-Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire
Alain Vande Wouwer, Vice Rector for International Relations Universite de Mons, Mons, Belgium
Moderator: Jane Ann Williams, Associate Vice President University of Central Arkansas, International Engagement, Conway, Arkansas, US
3:15-3:25 pm Break
3:25-3:30 pm Summary Introduction: Education for Global Scholars
3:30-3:50 pm Fine Arts Education Keynote – Open to the Public
Creating Global Citizen Scholars through Art and Design Education in Scotland
Janice Aitken, Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean for Quality and Academic Standards
University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland
4:00-4:45 pm Round Tables and Refreshments
Option A: Wingo Room 214 STEM in Quality Education
Marcelo De Vincenzi, Universidad Abierta Interamericana, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Option B: Wingo Room 315 Art, Theater, Writing, and Music in Action
Janice Aitken, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland
5:00 pm UCA shuttle from campus to hotel
6:30 pm UCA shuttle from hotel to Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall
7:00-8:30 pmThe Vision of Octavio Paz: From the Past to the Future – Open to the Public
Gregorio Luke, Latin American and Mexican Art and Culture Scholar-Lecturer Long Beach, California, US
Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA Campus
If you want to understand the world today, read Octavio Paz. At the end of the cold war, Octavio Paz saw, with chilling precision, a new world order with two forces at play: a tendency towards globalization (free markets, internet) but, at the same time an explosive fragmentation, based on race and religion. In society, as in physics: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. He was spot on.
Paz analyzed feminism, the drug culture, the future of art, the nature of love. He was also a tireless defender of democracy and intellectual independence. Both his prose and his poetry enable us to see ourselves and the world with clarity. His, is the beauty of intelligence. This presentation will summarize Octavio Paz’ ideas on the world today.
“…The audience gasped as the image dramatically unfolded before their eyes. Gregorio Luke gives cultural lectures with the fervor and reverence of a missionary hungry for converts. He closes his eyes, tilts his head back, puts his arms out and seems to lift off the podium.”
Agustín Gurza, Los Angeles Times
9:30 pm UCA shuttle from campus to hotel
Thursday, November 17
Day Two: Politics
8:30 am UCA Shuttle from hotel to McCastlain Hall Ballroom
9:00-9:15 am Welcome and Introduction by Jesus Torres-rojas, International Admissions Counselor University of Central Arkansas, International Engagement, Conway, Arkansas, US
9:15-9:35 am Politics Keynote – Open to the Public
Bilateral Education Mexico-USA
The Honorable Rodolfo Quilantán-Arenas, Consul of Mexico in Little Rock, Arkansas, US
9:35-10:05 am Moderated Conversation Recent Changes in Political Thinking and the Impact of Education – Open to the Public
Rodolfo Quilantán-Arenas The Honorable Consul of Mexico in Little Rock, Arkansas, US
Jim Baker Faulkner County Judge, Conway, Arkansas, US
Juana Acosta López Director of Law Program, School of Law and Science Universidad de La Sabana, Chia, Colombia
10:20-11:10 am Round Tables and Refreshments
Option A: Wingo Room 214 Politics: Arkansas after the Elections
Phyllis Dickerson, Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor, Little Rock, Arkansas, US Jim Baker, Faulkner County Judge, Conway, Arkansas, US
Option B: Wingo Room 315 Politics: Asia, Africa, and the Americas
Gang Zhao, Deputy Director, UCA Confucius Institute East China Normal University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China Samuel Koffi, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer International University of Grand-Bassam, Grand-Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire Juana Acosta Lopez, Director of Law Program Universidad de La Sabana, Chia, Colombia
11:30-12:45 pm Confucius Institute hosted lunch for conference participants
1:00-3:00 pm Global Expo – Open to the Public
McCastlain Hall Ballroom
In this session, student government organizations, UCA Study Abroad Program, Confucius Institute, international partner institutions, and academic colleges will have tables to present information about programs, activities, and cultural elements. Conference participants will have opportunities to meet with UCA domestic and international students, faculty and staff members.
2:00 pm UCA campus tour
3:00 pm UCA shuttle from campus to Little Rock, the capitol city of Arkansas
Cultural Visit to Little Rock
3:45-4:30 pm Tour of William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum
4:45-5:30 pm Trolley Tour of Historic Downtown Little Rock
5:30-6:30 pm River Market District and waterfront walk
6:30-7:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm UCA shuttle from River Market District to hotel
Friday, November 18
Day Three: Place & Peace
8:30 am UCA shuttle transportation from hotel to McCastlain Hall Ballroom
9:00-9:10 am Welcome
9:15-9:35 am Places Keynote – Open to the Public
The Importance of Healthcare in Rural Communities
Ray Montgomery, President/Chief Executive Officer
Unity Health, Search, Arkansas, US
9:40-10:00 am Moderated Conversation A Pillar to Civil Society: Access to Healthcare – Open to the Public
Ray Montgomery, President/Chief Executive Officer Unity Health, Searcy, Arkansas, US
Rochelle McFerguson, Registered Nurse, Clinic Coordinator Student Health Center, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas, US
Michelle Assie-Azagoh, Medical Doctor, Director Campus Health Center, International University of Grand-Bassam, Grand Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire
10:05-10:35 am Cuba 2016: Moving Forward Amid Challenges and Opportunities – Open to the Public
Introduction by Michael Rubach
Chair, Marketing and Management, Director, Masters of Business Administration, College of Business
University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas, US
Antonio Diaz, Professor, Faculty of Tourism
University of Havana, Havana, Cuba
10:45 UCA shuttle to UCA Downtown Center
11:00-11:30 am Historic Downtown Conway tour for conference participants
11:30-12:15 pm Lunch for conference participants UCA Downtown Center
12:30-12:50 pm Closing Keynote
The Colombian Peace Talks in Light of other International Experiences of Conflict Resolution: Why Is It Exceptional?
Juana Acosta Lopez, Director of Law Program, School of Law and Science
Universidad de La Sabana, Chia, Colombia
1:00 pm Closing
1:30 pm UCA shuttle from UCA Downtown Center to hotel
2:30 pm UCA shuttle from hotel to Bill and Hillary Clinton Airport
Saturday, November 19
UCA shuttle from hotel to Bill and Hillary Clinton Airport
The Leaders of The World Annual Conference will be onNovember 16th, 17th, and 18th at University of Central Arkansas Campus, in Conway, Arkansas.
The theme of the 2016 Conference is “The Future of Civil Society” and it will be explored under four areas: Education, Politics, Place and Peace. For tentative program click here.
To read about the 2015 conference details click here.
“Leaders of the World” is a professional educational program developed by the University of Central Arkansas, an institution with more than 100 years of history. The programs provide unique venues for top leaders to meet and discuss common challenges of their municipalities and find common solutions to public policy needs through a series of lectures, seminars, and educational programming held across the globe.
Through the development of enriching and globally collaborative programming, “Leaders of the World” endeavors to bring top leaders together in order to create better communities, nations, and ultimately a better world.
Held on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas, the Annual “Leaders of the World” conference is a unique venue for top leaders to meet and discuss common solutions to the challenges facing their communities.
The conference provides opportunities for education, community development, and international collaboration. Past conference speakers have included mayors, legislators, federal judges, university presidents, business leaders, and scholars from five continents.
“Leaders of the World” hosts seminars covering a wide array of topics of global interest lead by experts in the fields of technology, environmental science, politics, and education. These seminars take place throughout the year and across the globe and provide a chance for attendees to gain first hand knowledge from the best minds in these fields.
The “Leaders of the World: Culture and Language Immersion” programs provide an opportunity for both college students and professionals to enhance their English skill and experience life in the United States through a three-week course of immersive English classes and cultural activities while living on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.