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Global Studies Conference

Conference History

The conference was founded in 1977 by Carl Camp and George Chung, both political science professors at UNO. Since then, the conference has partnered with several organizations to provide a more informative and dynamic experience to attendees. These organizations include:

  • National Association of Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA) 1983
  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) 1978-1980
  • European Studies Conference at UNO (ESC)

In 1983, Thomas Gouttierre, Dean of International Studies & Programs at UNO, became conference chair and has continued in that position since.

Until the 2000s, the conference was known as the Third World Studies Conference. In an effort to recognize developing countries' essential role in the evolving international economy, the conference was more appropriately renamed the Global Studies Conference.

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

Speakers of note

The Global Studies Conference has featured many high-profile, engaging speakers over the years. A few of the most noteworthy include:

  • Dith Pran, photojournalist, The New York Times, Surviving the Killing Fields
  • Sergio Ramirez, Nicaraguan Vice President 1984-1990, Chair of Sandinista caucus in Nicaragua's National Assembly, Change in Central America
  • Mark Fritz, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Associated Press, Images of War