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"Women and Peacebuilding: Making a Better World Possible"

Women and PeacebuildingMarch 25, 2013 - Executive Director, Kelli Obazee, from the Dallas Peace Center engaged TWU student, faculty and staff in a presentation and discussion of women’s roles in social action and peacebuilding. 




"The Dual Burden of Malnutrition in India: Exploring the Mother-Child Dyad"

The Dual Burden of Malnutrition in India: Exploring the Mother-Child DyadMarch 28, 2012 - Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar, Dr. Lisa Zottarelli, TWU Associate Professor of Sociology, presented research on the relationship of malnutrition between mother and child which she studied during her time in India.

"The Status of Women in World Religions:  Judaism, Christianity, Islam"

The Status of Women in World Religions: Judaism, Christianity, IslamMarch 12, 2012 - Dr. Claire Sahlin, Professor & Chair of Women’s Studies at TWU, offered introductory remarks on women’s challenges and opportunities in religion. This was followed by an engaging panel discussion. Panelists were Dr. Nicki Cohen, Professor of Music from TWU on "Women in Judaism”, Dr. Joretta Marshall, Professor of Pastoral Theology from TCU on "Women in Christianity", and Dr. Maria Curtis, Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Cross-Cultural Studies from University of Houston – Clear Lake on "Women in Islam.” This event was sponsored by TWU College of Arts and Sciences and the Institute for Interfaith Dialog. (

"International Women's Day Celebtration"

International Women's Day 2012March 8, 2012 - We celebrated the many accomplishments of women, historical and contemporary, from all over the world, while also raising awareness of global challenges that still exist, such as unequal pay, sexual abuse, and the right to vote. The event featured free food, hip-hop dancing, information booths, live music, and lots of inspirational fun.

"Challenges of Education in Africa: Focus on Tanzania"

Education in Africa - Dr. Gilbert WeremaOctober 25, 2011 - Dr. Gilbert Werema, assistant professor of Economics and International Finance at TWU’s School of Management, presented the work he has done through coordinating and supporting the student-built schoolhouse project that created three buildings for young Tanzanian students’ study and education.  The wonderful story will be spoken from the heart by Dr. Werema and shown vividly through his poignant photographs.

"The Art and Architecture of Germany and Austria"

Art and Architecture - Dr. John CalabreseOctober 20, 2011 - Dr. John Calabrese presented an inside look at major cities, art museums, and notable sites in Germany and Austria. Dr. Calabrese and his students studied abroad in Germany and Austria, and he shared photos of the art and architecture of these two countries.

"Al Norte: 21st Century Latino Migration & Settlement in the U.S."

Al Norte - Dr. Roberto CalderonOctober 18, 2011 - Dr. Roberto Calderon, associate professor of history at the University of North Texas, presentation explored the notion that “In our everyday lives, global awareness occurs locally or regionally first and foremost because fundamentally all immigration is local. How we experience immigrant and Latino immigrant settlement and integration ultimately involves all of us.”

 "Incredible India: Myths and Realities"

Incredible India - Amie DavisOctober 4, 2011 - Global Connections hosted a session on Incredible India. Amie Davis, graduate student in the Department of Dance, and Dr. Prathiba Natesan, University of North Texas, demonstrated classical Indian dance. Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani, Associate Professor in the School of Management, was the key presenter and discussed myths and realities of Indian culture.

Incredible India - Dr. Raisinghani  Incredible India - Dr. Prathiba Natesan 

"Global Health Care in Remote African Villages"

Remote African VillagesOctober 6, 2010 - Bishop Charles Ngusa of Tanzania, Father Fred Ochieng of Kenya, along with Professor Nola Schrum, TWU Clinical Nursing, showed photographs and discussed their health care work in remote villages of Tanzania in which basic health care is primitive and almost non-existent. 

"African Villages" Flyer[pdf]

 Remote African VillagesBishop Charles Ngusa of Tanzania, Father Fred Ochieng of Kenya, along with Professor Nola Schrum, TWU   Remote African Villages,Bishop Charles Ngusa of Tanzania, Father Fred Ochieng of Kenya

"Seeing China: Views from an Insider and an Outsider"

Seeing ChinaApril 5, 2010 Global Connections hosted speakers Major General Mary Saunders and Dr. Lin Zou for "Seeing China: Views from an Insider and an Outsider" at Student Union 207 from 12:15p - 1:15p.  
    "Seeing China" Flyer [pdf]

Also visit the Resources Page to learn more.
"Seeing China" Podcast available here!

Seeing China, Major General Mary Saunders and Dr. Lin Zou

Sponsored by:  Global Connections, College of Arts & Sciences, Commuter Services, Student Life, Leadership Institute.

"Fostering Primary & Secondary Education for Girls"

International Visitors 2010TWU Hosted International Visitor Leadership Program on March 25, 2010. Visitors came from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan. The group discussed issues such as student recruitment, college readiness, SENCER, outreach programs for school children, and more.

International Visitors 2010  International Visitors 

"HAITI: Historical and Personal Perspective"

Haiti: Historical and Personal PerspectiveWednesday, January 20, 2010 from Noon to 1:00pm Global Connections co-hosted a presentation at TWU titled "HAITI: Historical and Personal Perspective." There were three panelist including Dr. Sara Fanning, TWU Assistant Professor of History, Dr. Brigitt Lamothe-Francois, Psychologist TWU Counseling Center and Scarlett Pope, TWU nursing student and volunteer at Real Hope for Haiti.


Haiti Panel Discussion
(Dr. Marie Lamothe-Francois and Scarlett Pope - photo courtesy of TWU News and Marketing)

For more information. . . 
Haiti Panel flyer  [.pdf]
Real Hope for Haiti


"Global Activism"

Chris MorrisonTWU presented a session on global activism Oct. 22. Chris Morrison, founder and executive director of the international non-profit humanitarian aid organization Care Highway, discussed global activism in a presentation at Texas Woman’s University Thursday, Oct. 22. TWU’s College of Arts and Sciences presented the lecture, which was free and open to the public.  The talk took place from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room 205 of the Classroom Faculty Office (CFO) building on TWU’s Denton campus.

For more information...

Highlights from the Global Activism Lecture

Chris Morrison 
Chris Morrison, Executive Director for Care Highway, awards two Honors Scholars students the Global Citizen Award.  Students from left to right: Sarah Adams, Ashlee Davis.

Chris Morrison
Dean Ann Staton,  Dr. Guy Litton and Dr. Hugh Burns make a special presentation to Chris Morrison (Right)

Chris Morrison
Dr. Guy Litton , Professor Susan Kae Grant , Chris Morrison, Dean Ann Staton, and Dr. Hugh Burns.

"TWU’s School of Management Hosts Consul General of Turkey: Mr. Akil Öktem"

Mr Akil Oktem

TWU’s School of Management, in collaboration with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, hosted the Consul General of Turkey, Mr. Akil Öktem who spoke on Turkish Foreign Policy and Turkish Economic Development at 10 a.m., Friday, October 16, 2009 in CFO Tower, Room 202.  The presentation was complimentary and open to the TWU community and the general public.  Consul General Öktem presented an analysis of Turkish Foreign Policy, including Turkey's current relationships with the U.S., EU and NATO.  He discussed the current state of Turkey, Turkey-U.S. relations, and share his vision about global challenges.  The 30-minute presentation included a brief examination of Turkey's recent economic boom tied to its revised economic policies and was followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.  This lecture/discussion was a unique opportunity for those interested in knowing more about Turkey's role in current international affairs and the reasons behind its recent economic development.

Turkish Foreign Policy and Turkish Economic Development Flyer [pdf]

Biography: Consul General Akil Öktem
  • Born in Washington, DC, on March 15th, 1958, Mr. Öktem is a 1982 graduate of La Trobe. From 1985 through 1986, Mr. Öktem served in the Office of the Directorate General of Press and Information with the Prime Ministry of the Republic of Turkey.
  • He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986.  After his first assignment as Third Secretary at the International Economic Organizations Department, he was posted to the Turkish Embassy in Tokyo, Japan in 1989 as Third Secretary. 
  • From Tokyo, in 1992, Mr. Öktem was posted to the Turkish Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen as Second Secretary. On his return to Ankara in 1994, he served as First Secretary in the Deputy General Directorate of Consular Affairs, Border and Estate Department.
  • In 1996, Mr. Öktem was posted to the Turkish Embassy in Lefkosa, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as First Secretary. In 1998, he was posted to the Turkish Embassy in Bucharest, Romania as Counselor. Upon returning to Ankara in 2000, Mr. Öktem was appointed as the Head of Department for the Deputy General Directorate of Consular Affairs.
  • In 2002, he was posted to the Turkish Embassy in the Hague as Counselor.
  • In 2006, Mr. Öktem returned to Ankara and was appointed as Head of Department for the Department of Counselor and Judicial Affairs.
  • In September 2009, he was appointed as Consul General to the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey in Houston, Texas. Mr. Öktem is married and is the father of two daughters.  He speaks English and French.

Contact Information

Questions? Call Dr. Raisinghani at (940) 898-2930 or email him at

"Sustainability and Civic Engagement: From Texas to Thailand"

Ron Chandler

Guest speaker Ron Chandler from the Florida Center for Community Design & Research, Water Atlas Program, University of South Florida, and President of the Conservation Initiatives for the Asian Elephant presented “Sustainability and Civic Engagement: From Texas to Thailand” on Wednesday, February 25, 2009.

Becoming truly sustainable communities and societies is essential to the success of democracy, survival of our economy, and the improvement of the human condition everywhere on Earth.  The involvement of citizens of all communities and societies, from local to global, is required.  The presentation, “Sustainability and Civic Engagement: From Texas to Thailand,” explored the importance of citizen involvement in the development and maintenance of sustainable communities and societies, with both local and global examples.  Sustainable communities are all-inclusive environments. Each component, whether it be clean water and water conservation;  the fit, form and function of building design; alternative agriculture, the accessibility to an abundance of performing arts; renewable energy; or adequate health care, to name a few, are of integral importance.

Sustainability and Civic Engagement: From Texas to Thailand Flyer [pdf]

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