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ANNUAL CONFERENCE - change the conversation

FEBRUARY 1-3, 2018


Each year, UWC-USA hosts a conference that focuses on key societal issues. This year's theme is "Change the Conversation" and brings together the UWC-USA community with students from AZ, CO, NM, and Mexico in learning teams. We will work together with people dedicated to changing the conversation in their field and transforming the way people listen to one another and talk about needs, identities, and interests, forging understanding to create new strategies.

 American feminist, author, and social and political activist Courtney Martin, who speaks at universities around the nation, will be among guests at the conference.

 Free and open to the public, the February 1 - 3 conference also will feature John Cary, a writer and curator who focuses on social change with an emphasis on design and philanthropy, and Noor Cornelissen, a 2010 UWC-USA graduate who works for Doctors Without Borders. Cornelissen recently served on a search and rescue ship for people crossing the Mediterranean and was in the Congo and Uganda in a camp for South Sudanese refugees. From closer to home the conference also will feature Mariano Ulibarri, coordinator at New Mexico Highlands University and chief executive officer and founder of the Parachute Factory.

 Other conference activities include a Balkan dance workshop, lectures, performances, yoga, hiking and more.

 Registration is free, and there is a nominal charge for cafeteria meals. Lodging is available in the school gymnasium and at local hotels. Register here.

 The schedule for the 2018 Annual Conference is now available.

Presenter bios are available here.

The culmination of the conference will be a Balkan Music and Dance Night which is free and open to the public, Saturday, February 3, 2018.

6:00 p.m. - Dance Workshop in the Lansing Field House Dance Studio

7:00 p.m. - Balkan Music and Dance Party in the Kluge Auditorium. Click here and learn more about this FREE event!


UWC-USA, MIND Middle Eastern and Indian Subcontinental Cultural Show, 2014.


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