Wednesday Postcard from the NAFSA 2009 Annual Conference

May 28, 2009

By Jordan Wait

NAFSA’s timely and provocative Plenary Panel on Exploring Global Talent Flows was moderated by Ray Suarez, senior correspondent with The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Featured panelists included Luis Guarnizo, chair, Community Studies and Development Unit, and professor, University of California-Davis; Demetrios Papademetriou, president, Migration Policy Institute (MPI); AnnaLee Saxenian, dean, University of California, Berkeley School of Information; and Vivek Wadhwa, senior research associate, Harvard Law School, and executive in residence, Duke University.

Two colloquia took place Wednesday afternoon—one explored the internationalization of business education curricula and the other internationalization of teacher education curricula. These "mini-conferences"gave participants a chance for concentrated discussions and presentations on specific curricular areas.

In the evening, conference-goers enjoyed two special events—a cultural evening at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and a conversation with author Mark Engler, a freelance journalist who wrote How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy.

Panel with Ray Suarez at NAFSA 2009

A dynamic panel moderated by Ray Suarez, senior correspondent with The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, examined the implications of global talent flows of skilled, highly educated workers on international development.

Panel with Ray Suarez at NAFSA 2009

Ray Suarez of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer moderated a panel that included Demetrios Papademetriou, president, Migration Policy Institute, AnnaLee Saxenian, dean of the University of California-Berkeley School of Information, and Vivek Wadhwa, Senior Research Associate at Harvard Law School and Executive-in-Residence/Adjunct Professor at Duke University.

Booth at NAFSA 2009 Expo

The NAFSA International Education Expo is an effective market place for developing international education partnerships. More than 40 percent of the attendees at the NAFSA annual conference are international attendees representing more than 100 countries.

Expo Hall at NAFSA 2009

This year's Expo is the largest ever with more than 600 booths.

Sessions at NAFSA 2009

Almost 7,500 international educators attend the 2009 NAFSA annual conference. Besides the plenary sessions, attendees learned of the latest trends and best practices in international education through more than 200 sessions.

NAFSA 2009 National Awards

NAFSA president John Hudzik, CEO and Executive Director Marlene Johnson, and Awards Subcommittee Chair Ann Kuhlman presented national awards at the NAFSA Annual Conference. Marita Houlihan Award-Patricia Jones, Homer Higbee Award-Bruce Sillner, and Life Membership Awards to former NAFSA presidents Margaret Pusch, Martin Limbird, and Dixon Johnson.


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