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Global Studies Conference

38th Annual Global Studies Conference

October 2nd, 2015

Every fall, UNO's Global Studies Conference draws academics, students, and practitioners to Omaha for discussions about the world's most urgent development issues.

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Global Studies Conference


We welcome presentations from a diverse selection of academic disciplines and regions of the world:

Democracy and Governance
Developing Roles of Women
Development and Humanitarian Relief
Environmental Degradation and Global Climate Change
Fine Arts and Literature
Global Water Shortages
International Education
Latin America
Middle East and South Asia
Philosophy and Religion
Social Media and the Arab Spring
Social and Political Perspectives

2015 Theme: Rethinking Global Security: Emerging Threats and Challenges

Traditionally, the state has monopolized the pursuit of national security goals as a way of ensuring its survival and protection of its citizens. Therefore, security has been a national problem, not a global one. Today, however, there is a growing consensus that security is no longer only threatened by uniformed and armed foreign militaries, but rather that globalization requires rethinking of our concepts to address a more complicated and interconnected set of threats including food, water and energy shortages, climate change, pandemic diseases, vulnerable cyber space and information systems, gender violence, piracy, transnational criminal terrorist and criminal networks, human and drug trafficking.

The 2015 Conference will also include the inaugural East-West Studies Conference: Facing the New East-West Relations, sponsored by Creighton University.

2015 Keynote Speaker: Gregory Feifer

We are very pleased to announce Gregory Feifer as the 2015 Keynote Speaker for the Global Studies Conference.

Mr. Feifer is a journalist and author. His book Russians (Twelve, 2014) describes behavior and society, explaining the practical motives behind seemingly irrational choices, including support for a president who’s turned his country into a pariah. As NPR bureau chief in Moscow, he covered Russia’s resurgence under Vladimir Putin, observing the effects of the country’s vast new oil wealth on an increasingly nationalistic society as well as Moscow's rekindling of a new Cold War-style opposition to the West. His other books include The Great Gamble (HarperCollins, 2009), a history of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, and Spy Handler (Basic Books, 2005) co-written with former KGB colonel Victor Cherkashin. His work appears in various publications, including POLITICO, The Washington Post and Foreign Affairs. An associate of Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian Studies, he is working on a book about anti-Americanism.

Mr. Feifer will speak on the topic, Global Security, Eurasia, and Putin, at the Global Studies Luncheon on Friday, October 2nd, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. All conference participants are invited to attend this exciting event, but must RSVP to the luncheon when registering as seating is limited.


Registration for the 2015 Global Studies Conference is now OPEN.

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For more information, contact:
Phone: 1.402.554.2293
Fax: 1.402.554.2949.

Global Studies Conference
International Studies & Programs
University of Nebraska at Omaha
ASH 241
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182