International conference open to all

The Fourth Annual International Education Conference, set 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, April 20 at the Lone Star College–CyFair Barker Cypress campus focuses on the theme of Global Change: “Political, Philosophical, Physical” and is open to community members.

The opening speaker at 9 a.m. is Dr. Abdelrahman A. Abdrabou, Fulbright Visiting Specialist, Yemen, who will speak on Arabic literature and the gender gap. Dr. Abdrabou is a professor of English education and translation at Sana’a University in Sana’a, Yemen and one of the world's top translators of Arabic to English.

Among the morning presentations will be “China in Transition” which will focus on Chinese people’s perception on the economic, social and political changes of China and include photos and stories.

Another morning presentation is “Tech Talk: Israel’s Hi-Tech Innovations and Its Global Impact.” The Honorable Asher Yarden, Consul General of Israel to the Southwest (based in Houston) will discuss the ingenuity and unique circumstances, history and people bringing Israel’s hi-tech innovation discoveries around the world.

The conference keynote speaker at noon is Ann Jones, author of “Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan.” Jones, who will be in Houston for the World Affairs Council of Houston, will present “Education and the Women of Afghanistan.”

Among the afternoon sessions are “The Role of Women in Global Development” which will include highlights of the increasing role in development and possible social, educational and economic consequences of trends that point to a changing role for females.

Another afternoon session is titled “Overseas Adventure Travel to Egypt: Traveling Abroad and Building an All-Girls’ School at the Same Time.” Learn how 64 travelers experience all Egypt has to offer and vote to help build an Egyptian sister school.

The conference draws faculty, administrators, and students from the Texas Gulf Coast region to discuss global issues and best practices in international education. The conference is open to the community and includes a variety of presentations on international topics, several exhibitors, a student poster contest, and a sampling of ethnic foods. A luncheon is included with the registration fee.

Hosting this annual event is the Lone Star College System International Programs and Services in conjunction with the Gulf Coast International Education Consortium.

For conference registration and information, go to www.lonestar.edu/goto/ips.