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Students introduced to trans-Atlantic foreign relationships at Europe and Global Citizenship conference

The relationship between the U.S. and the European Union was explored by more than 300 Conroe ISD students attending the recent Europe and Global Citizenship conference at Lone Star College.

The conference was held Nov. 20 at the Lone Star Community Building and was co-hosted by Lone Star College and Stephen F. Austin State University.

“The conference on Europe is an important contribution to dialogue across the Atlantic,” said His Excellency David O’Sullivan, ambassador of the European Union to the U.S. “The European Union and the United States continue to anchor freedom and democracy throughout the world.”

The students attended sessions focusing on the different regions of Europe and the role they play both politically and economically with the U.S.

“This event was a wonderful opportunity for students to get a firsthand account of the challenges faced by the United States and Europe,” said Dr. Theresa Kurk McGinley, LSC associate vice chancellor, International Programs. “The students were particularly attentive in hearing The Honorable Sujiro Seam, Consul General of France in Houston, speak about the recent terrorist attacks which took place in Paris.”

Three consul generals were distinguished guest speakers. In addition to Seam, students also heard from the Consul General of Spain and the Consul General of Greece; as well as international specialists from Germany, and national specialists from Tulane University, the University of Miami, and Valdosta State.

“This conference serves as a reminder about the vitality of the trans-Atlantic partnership,” said O’Sullivan.

“Lone Star College is proud to be able to bring these types of programs to our community partners,” said McGinley. “The conference produced thoughtful discussions and questions on current events, and students were informed on the importance of global issues.”

Lone Star College and Stephen F. Austin University recently hosted a conference on
Europe and Global Citizenship for Conroe ISD students. Pictured are The Honorable Sujiro Seam,
Consul General of France in Houston, who spoke about the recent attacks in Paris
and Dr. Theresa Kurk McGinley, LSC associate vice chancellor, International Programs.

Known for its leadership, innovation and steadfast commitment to student success, Lone Star College provides high-quality academic transfer and workforce education/career training programs to more than 83,000 credit students each semester, and a total enrollment of 95,000 students. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to promote student success and economic prosperity. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, which consists of six colleges, seven centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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