South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Global-Local Partnerships for the 21st Century: A UN Collaborative

Sat, April 2, 2011 | Thompson Conference Center

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Global-Local Partnerships for the 21st Century: A UN Collaborative


Saturday, 2 April 2011

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.



Featuring Keynotes:

Ramu Damodaran is Deputy Director for Partnerships and Public Engagement in the United Nations Department of Public Information’s Outreach Division, with specific responsibility for the “Academic Impact” Initiative, and creating partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic and private sector constituencies and the general public. A native of India, he has had long time service within the Indian government and prior to this worked extensively in Indian mass media, including print publications, television as a news anchor and radio as a disc jockey, winning the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Prize for “Echoes of a Generation.”



The Honorable Teta V. Banks is an educator, writer, civil rights advocate and diplomat. Appointed Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Liberia in 1993, she continues to represent Liberia assisting in the rebuilding of that war-torn nation, addressing human rights issues, establishing trade and cultural relations with the other African nations and the United States. A member of the World Affairs Council, the UN Association, a charter member of the Women’s International Leadership Association, she is the recipient of numerous awards for humanitarian service and civil rights advocacy.



8:00-9:00 Registration – Lobby, Thompson Conference Center

9:00-9:50 Welcome — Thompson Conference Center
Anne-Marie Carlson, CTAUN
Dean Richard Flores, College of Liberal Arts,
University of Texas at Austin

Opening Keynote – Thompson Conference Center
Ramu Damodaran, United Nations
Making Education Sustainable: Some Thoughts

9:50-10:00 Break

10:00-11:00 Morning Panel — Thompson Conference Center
Moderator: Kathy Obenchain, University of Texas
An Overview of the Issues
Educational Trends Linda Brucker, Learning to Give

Social Justice Dr, Michael Anderson from IRG Department at the University of Texas

Sustainability Zane Wilemon, Comfort the Children

11:15-12:05 Breakout Sessions
Educational Trends — Thompson 1.111 Linda Brucker, Learning to Give
Philanthropic Education

Social Justice — Thompson Conference Center Linda Cook Heffron and Maria Andrea Piñales, Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking

Sustainability — Thompson 2.102 Zane Wilemon from Comfort the Children
Community Development

12:05-1:30 Info Fair – Thompson Center Lobby
Lunch – Thompson Center Lobby/Dining Room

1:30-2:20 Breakout Sessions
Educational Trends — Thompson Center Auditorium Theresa McCorquodale with students,
Model UN Academy for Global Studies, Austin High School

Social Justice — Thompson 2.102 Dr. Richard R. Valencia, University of Texas
Global Racism

Sustainability — Thompson 1.111 John Rudd and Kent Miller, Rotary International
Assisting the Poor

2:30-3:15 Afternoon Panel – Thompson Center Auditorium Rapoport Service Scholars, University of Texas

3:15-4:00 Closing Keynote – Thompson Center Auditorium The Honorable Teta Banks,
Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Liberia

Guest speakers from the United Nations will join with local experts in content-rich presentations – keynote addresses, panel discussions, workshops – on the topics of social justice, sustainability, and current educational trends.
An Info Fair will provide resource materials to help you make practical and relevant connections to the curriculum.

Join your fellow educators and concerned citizens at the Thompson Conference Center at the University of Texas at Austin for a full day of professional and personal challenges to the way you think.

Sponsored by: CTAUN

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