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Dear International Education Conference Attendees,

Welcome to Lone Star College and the 2017 International  Education Conference. We are excited to bring the conference back for its 14th year. This year’s theme, ¡Cuba!, will give everyone who attends an opportunity to experience the island's politics, culture, and history with presentations by leading experts.

We also hope this conference will encourage conversations about the benefits of international education and scholarly exchanges worldwide. We welcome your contribution to this discussion that we believe will help prepare our community for the future. LSC has long received national recognition for its outreach programs while attracting, retaining and inspiring students from across the globe. LSC ranks fifth among 1,100 community colleges nationwide for the number of international students it educates. We have more than 3,000 students from 100 countries enrolled.

We are pleased to continue our international tradition with the 2017 International Education Conference. Again, welcome and enjoy the conference!
Sincerely,


Stephen C. Head, Ph.D.
Chancellor, Lone Star College

Program Overview

8–8:45 a.m.
REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

8:45 a.m.
PRESIDENT'S WELCOME ADDRESS
& OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Jonathan C. Brown
Star of Texas Ballroom, Community Building

9:45 a.m.–12 p.m.
PRESENTATIONS

12–1:30 p.m.
LUNCH

12:30–1:30pm
LUNCHEON KEYNOTE SPEAKER & PERFORMERS
Lorenzo Martinez
Ernesto Vega and Rainel Piño
Star of Texas Ballroom, Community Building

1:30–2:30 p.m.
Meet and Greet the Artists

Breakout Sessions | 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Model UN Star of Texas Ballroom • Community Building
When Cuba was Confused with Japan Barry Wood
Flag Room I • Community Building
The Environmental Implications of the Emerging Cuban-American Relationship Dr. Brian Shmaefsky
Flag Room II • Community Building
Cuba: A Visual Presentation Dr. Nader Naderi
Texan Room I • Community Building
Light the Lamp Dr. Janet Emmons
Texan Room II • Community Building
How Cuban Music Soothes the Soul Varil D. Williams
Computer Lab 109 • Training and Development Center
Dancing However They Can: Mental Health and the People in Cuba Janice Hartgrove-Freile
Room 105 • Training and Development Center
International Importance Jacob Hernandez , Ruby Gayton & Niklas Deese
Room 112 • Training and Development Center
Developing a Study Abroad for Science John Maynard
Room 116 • Training and Development Center
Professional Growth and Impact: A Fulbright Scholar’s Experience in South Korea Dr. Adria Baker
WLB 243 • Woodlands Leadership Building

Breakout Sessions | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

International Student Panel Computer Lab 107 • Training and Development Center
I Don’t Know How to Be Cuban Now Icess Fernandez
Flag Room I • Community Building
What Can the U.S. Learn from Cuba? Rafael Donoso
Flag Room II • Community Building
The Two Worlds of Cuba Amanda J. Seymour
Texan Room I • Community Building
Virtual Reality: Bridging the Political Divide Between the United States and Cuba David Birch
Texan Room II • Community Building
United States History in the United Kingdom Thomas Kelly
Computer Lab 109 • Training and Development Center
Cuban Mental Health Care: Changes and Challenges Dr. Linda R. Young
Room 105 • Training and Development Center
Cuba and India — An Unknown Romance Aamlan Datta
Room 112 • Training and Development Center
“Faculty” — The Key to Internationalization Valerie Jefferson
Room 116 • Training and Development Center
Increasing the Global Perspective on Campus and Within the Community Misty Sabol, Satish Kalra & Amy Harris
WLB 243 • Woodlands Leadership Building


Keynotes and Performers

Opening Keynote Speaker

JONATHAN C. BROWN
Professor, Ph.D, The University of Texas at Austin
8:45am–9:30am, Star of Texas Ballroom, Community Building

Jonathan C. Brown has published four single-authored books: A Socioeconomic History of Argentina, 1776-1860 (1979); Oil and Revolution in Mexico (1993), Latin America: A Social History of the Colonial Period (2nd ed., 2005), and A Brief History of Argentina (2nd ed., 2009). Two of these books have been translated and published in Latin America. His first book on Argentina, published by Cambridge University Press, won the Bolton Prize. Brown also edited a collection of essays on workers and populism in Latin America and co-edited books on the Mexican oil industry and on Argentine social history. Professor Brown’s most recent work, Cuba's Revolutionary World (Harvard University Press, 2017) analyzes how the Cuban Revolution changed inter-American relations in the 1960s by exporting both its revolution and its counterrevolution, vastly disrupting the status quo in the Western Hemisphere. The book discusses the ‘secret war’ between the Cuban revolutionaries and the CIA, the rise of guerrilla warfare throughout the Americas, the decline of democracy, and the wave of military counterrevolutions.


Luncheon Keynote Speaker & Performers

LORENZO MARTINEZ
Author, Cuba, Adiós
12:30pm–1:30pm, Star of Texas Ballroom, Community Building

Hailing from Cuba, award-winning author Lorenzo Pablo Martínez holds a master’s in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music and a doctorate in music education from Columbia University/Teachers College. Martínez has appeared in recitals on radio and television, and his musical compositions have been performed nationally, at international festivals, on television, and in books. His recent memoir, Cuba, Adiós, explores his participation in Operación Pedro Pan, a secretive mass exodus of more than 14,000 children that landed in America between 1960 and 1962 fleeing Castro’s regime. The book was named 2015 Best Biography by the International Latino Book Awards, and was recognized as “Outstanding Book” by the Houston-based group Conversing Through Poetry.


ERNESTO VEGA
Clarinetist
12:30pm–1:30pm, Star of Texas Ballroom, Community Building

Clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Ernesto Vega is a graduate of the Higher Institute of Art in Havana, Cuba. At the age of seventeen, Down Beat Magazine recognized his interpretative style on the clarinet recalling the legendary jazz clarinetist, Artie Shaw. In 2003, Vega won the first prize at the international jazz competition Jojazz in Havana. He performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis on their visit to Cuba. Ernesto has collaborated with Cuban legends Frank Emilio, Chucho Valdés, Bobby Carcasses, Ernan Lopez Nussa, Jorge Reyes, and Changuito among others. Ernesto has been a part of several projects involving Arturo O'Farrill & Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Joe Sample Orchestra, Havana Jazz Collective, Carlos Maza Quintet, Maria Del Mar Bonet, Yuri Buenaventura and Alejandro Vargas Quartet. Ernesto Vegas' first album "Venir al Mundo," won the Cubadisco Award as the Best Jazz Album of 2009. He has performed at numerous international festivals including Jazz in Marciac (France), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Lausanne Jazz Festival, Jazz on the Green (Trinidad and Tobago), and Jazz Plaza Havana, Cuba. Ernesto Vega is considered one of the leading musicians of his generation and as well as one of the finest clarinetist from the Island of Cuba.


RAINEL PIÑO
Pianist
12:30pm–1:30pm, Star of Texas Ballroom, Community Building

At an early age, Rainel Piño entered the Vocational School of Art in Santa Clara later progressing to the National School of Art where he graduated as a music teacher and musician/instrumentalist. Piño taught at the Vocational School of Art in Santa Clara while colaborating with several musical projects, performing at concerts and events around the world. He traveled to Mexico in 1996 with the Caribbean Show where he worked as a director and musical producer. He emigrated to the United States where he further developed as a producer and composer,
collaborating on many diverse musical projects. Piño has performed with accomplished musicians including Hubert Laws, Kirk Whalum, and Alex Acuña. He has also performed with great salsa exponents and super stars such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, Issac Delgado, Tito Puente Jr, Bobby Valentin, Tito Rojas, Rey Ruiz, India, Eddie Santiago, and many more. One of his last works, "Soy Latino", the name of the CD Angelucho and his Copacabana has been awarded multiple national and international awards thus establishing him as an accomplished composer, producer, and arranger in demand.

Presentations

Breakout Sessions 9:45-10:45 a.m.

MODEL UN

Star of Texas Ballroom, Community Building
In 2017, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Tomball, and LSC-Montgomery student delegations will be representing the United Republic of Tanzania at this year's NMUN conference. NMUN will give two presentations with a theme that places
listeners "Inside the Role of a Delegate", detailing preperation, research, an overview of the represented country, and a delegate's experience at the conference. The goal is to recreate the NMUN experience for an outsider, from start to finish.


WHEN CUBA WAS CONFUSED WITH JAPAN

BARRY WOOD
Flag Room 1, Community Building
When Columbus reached the New World, a romantic mythology absorbed from Marco Polo’s Travels, along with geographical miscalculations, led him to identify Cuba with Japan - one of the most remarkable confusions in exploration history.


CUBA: A VISUAL PRESENTATION

DR. NADER NADERI
Texan Room 1, Community Building
Most American visitors to Cuba travel on scripted tours. Thus, few have a chance to get a taste of everyday life. The presentation will offer a mix of personal experiences and sociological observations in the hope of providing a more
balanced view.


THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE EMERGING CUBAN-AMERICAN RELATIONSHIP

BRIAN SHMAEFSKY
Flag Room 2, Community Building Cuba’s improved relationship with the US is opening up many economic opportunities for both countries. Efforts will be needed to ensure
that any economic growth from Cuban-American partnerships is done using environmental sustainability principles. Brian Shmaefsky, Ed.D, biology professor and service
learning coordinator, has taught at Lone Star College-Kingwood since 1992. Shmaefsky earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Brooklyn College of CUNY; a Master of Science degree in environmental physiology from Southern Illinois University; and a Ed.D in science training and education from Southern Illinois University.


HOW CUBAN MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL

VARIL D. WILLIAMS
Computer Lab 109, Training and Development Center
This presentation will provide a history on Cuban music, explain the power of music therapy, and describe ways music can factor your moods. Varil. D. Williams, Ph.D., is a board certified professional counselor of the American Psychotherapy Association and the Clinical Director of Psychiatric Solutions, Inc.


DANCING HOWEVER THEY CAN: MENTAL HEALTH AND THE PEOPLE IN CUBA

JANICE HARTGROVE-FREILE
Room 105, Training and Development Center
This presentation looks at mental health care in Cuba, innovative solutions to scarcity, the integration of mental health into the health care system, and the emphasis on prevention. It also considers challenges like and unlike those in the US. Psychologist, writer, and educator Janice Hartgrove-Freile has been a Professor of Psychology at Lone Star College-North Harris since 1983.


INTERNATIONAL IMPORTANCE

JACOB HERNANDEZ, RUBY GAYTON, AND NIKLAS DEESE
Room 112, Training and Development Center
The session will explore internationally obtained previous experiences and how important it is to learn about Cuba's rich history, culture, and tradition.


DEVELOPING A STUDY ABROAD FOR SCIENCE

JOHN MAYNARD
Room 116, Training and Development Center
The presentation will discuss ideas on how to develop a study abroad program from sciencebased curriculum using Anatomy and Physiology as the model. John Maynard is an Associate Professor of Biology at Lone Star College-Greenspoint Center.


LIGHT THE LAMP

DR. JANET EMMONS
Texan Room 2, Community Building
All students should be encouraged to be proud of their heritage, their culture, their language, and their beliefs. Dr. Emmons will show how to make connections between themselves and others, in any classes, through Reading Circles and Writing Responses.


PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND IMPACT: A FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR'S EXPERIENCE IN SOUTH KOREA

DR. ADRIA BAKER
WLB 243, Woodlands Leadership Building
Dr. Baker will discuss how she creates an effective institutional framework to advance “all things Fulbright” on  campus. Dr. Adria Baker is the Associate Vice Provost of International Education and Executive Director of the
Office of International Students & Scholars at Rice University. Baker studied as a Rotary International Research Fellow and graduate international student at the University of Costa Rica and was awarded a Fulbright in 2013 to travel to South Korea and participate in the International Education Administrators Seminar.


Breakout Sessions 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO BE CUBAN NOW

ICESS FERNANDEZ
Flag Room I, Community Building
After the death of Fidel Castro, the Cuban exile community celebrated. But not everyone. With the bigger than life dictator gone, a sense of identity for some Cuban descendants has also gone. This session features a creative reading from the daughter of an exile. Icess Fernandez is an Associate Professor of English at Lone Star College-Kingwood, and the advisor for the campus's student-run newspaper The Howler.


WHAT CAN THE U.S. LEARN FROM CUBA?

RAFAEL DONOSO
Flag Room II, Community Building
Cuba has been recognized as a worldwide model in education, public health and social security services. This  presentation will argue that the world’s largest economy could benefit from incorporating certain specific lessons from Cuba’s broken system. Rafael Donoso is the chair of the Business & Economic department at Lone Star College-North Harris.


THE TWO WORLDS OF CUBA

AMANDA J. SEYMOUR
Texan Room I, Community Building
This session examines the two worlds of Cuba: The visitor’s world and the local’s world. It explores socioeconomic realities, examining the impact of entrepreneurship and recent events to bring about a more hopeful future. Amanda J. Seymour is an author, speaker, and consultant. She holds a B.A. In International Studies and Spanish from Trinity University and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Seymour is on faculty at Lone Star
College, where she teaches classes on professional and personal success.


VIRTUAL REALITY: BRIDGING THE POLITICAL DIVIDE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CUBA

DR. DAVID BIRCH
Texan Room II, Community Building
We explore the relevance of using virtual reality to inform a public understanding of Cuba. Also, we explore the potential of using virtual reality to inform public policy with respect to US/Cuba relations. Dr. David Birch is a Professor of Political Science and Coordinator for the Center for International Studies at Lone Star College-Tomball.


UNITED STATES HISTORY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

THOMAS KELLY
Computer Lab 109, Training and Development Center Kelly will show photographs from the United Kingdom and explain how those locations are relevant to United States history. Locations include the burial site of Pocahontas, the ancestral home of George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin's London Home. Thomas Kelly is a Professor of History at Lone Star College-CyFair.


CUBAN MENTAL HEALTH CARE: CHANGES AND CHALLENGES

DR. LINDA R. YOUNG
Room 105, Training and Development Center
Changing traditions, challenges and controversies surrounding Cuban mental health care since Castro's revolution will be explored. From family therapy to psychoballet and Santería, current interventions will be presented with video illustration. Linda R. Young, Ph.D., is a psychologist based in Bellevue, Washington, and a blogger for Psychology Today.


CUBA AND INDIA - AN UNKNOWN ROMANCE

AAMLAN DATTA
Room 112, Training and Development Center
This presentation explores the traditionally friendly, political, commercial, and cultural relationships between Cuba and India. The presenter also shares his personal perceptions of Cuba, from an Indian perspective, during his
growing up years. Amlan Datta is the Lead Faculty in the Business department at Lone Star College-CyFair.


CANCELLED: "FACULTY" - THE KEY TO INTERNATIONALIZATION

VALERIE JEFFERSON
Room 116, Training and Development Center
This session will focus on the importance of faculty study board experiences. The speaker will discuss reasons  faculty should consider study abroad experiences during their teaching tenure. Valerie Jefferson, M.S.Ed., is a Professor of Education and Center for Civic Engagement committee member at Lone Star College-CyFair.


INCREASING THE GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE ON CAMPUS AND WITHIN THE COMMUNITY

MISTY SABOL, SATISH KALRA, & AMY HARRIS
WLB 243, Woodlands Leadership Building
In this session, the speakers will discuss the infrastructure they utilize to spread global perspectives on campus and how they establish collaborative channels with local organizations within the community.


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PANEL

MODERATED BY TERRY RICH & DR. MARK MAROTTO
Computer Lab 107, Training and Development Center
A panel of international students from Lone Star College are joined by participants from a recent study abroad program in Havana, Cuba to share their unique stories and perspectives on international education. Opportunity for Q&A.