Guest Speakers

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Proposals

Special Guest Speakers at NAFSA 2018

Throughout the week, special guest speakers will discuss important trends and issues within and beyond the field of international education.

eric stollerEric Stoller

Tuesday, May 29, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Getting Digital with our Shared Global Future
Join Eric Stoller for an update on the state of social media and international affairs. From recruitment to alumni relations, social media play an ever-increasing role in the ways in which universities connect with students via digital channels. Digital engagement requires strategic thinking to match up context with outcomes and goals. #WeAreInternational and our digital capabilities have never been more important.

emma skyEmma Sky, OBE

Wednesday, May 30, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Unraveling the Middle East
This session examines the Iraq war and the impact it has had on the region. It explores the Arab Spring and why it failed to deliver positive change; the rise and fall of ISIS; and the competition between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

sakil malikSakil Malik

Wednesday, May 30, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Challenges of Project Management in International Education
This session focuses on the fundamentals of project management for professionals in international education work. Topics covered include: 1) project management methodologies; 2) organizational management; 3) project planning; 4) project control; 5) team management; and 6) financial management.

deborah fallowsDeborah Fallows, PhD

Thursday, May 31, 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

Students from China: When Chinese Culture Meets American Education
As growing numbers of Chinese students enroll in U.S. institutions, what are some of the important but often opaque elements of Chinese culture, background, and experiences they bring with them? How can this information help you both nurture these students and position your educational communities to thrive?

michele waslinMichele Waslin, PhD

Thursday, May 31, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Immigration Policy in 2018 and Into the Future
Elections have consequences, and the election of Donald Trump has resulted in significant changes to U.S. immigration policies. Immigration law already gives the executive broad authority to shape immigration policies and priorities, and Congress's inability to pass meaningful immigration reform means the President has been even more central to decision making. The Administration's choices have widely-felt implications for U.S. families, businesses, schools, cities, and states. This session will explore the Trump Administration's re-shaping of immigration policy and its impact.

moustafa bayoumiMoustafa Bayoumi, PhD

Thursday, May 31, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? Being Young and Muslim in America
Being young and Muslim in the United States has only gotten more complicated since the terrorist attacks of 2001. In this session, award-winning author Moustafa Bayoumi discusses the difficulties that young Muslims have faced over the last 17 years and the new challenges confronting them during the Trump years.

wendy pearlmanWendy Pearlman, PhD

Friday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Understanding Syria: Refugees’ Stories of Protest, War, and Flight
How can we make sense of the tragedy in Syria? Pulling upon interviews conducted with hundreds of displaced Syrians over the course of five years, this session will explain the origins and evolution of the Syrian conflict and share a range of personal testimonials from some of ordinary people who have lived its unfolding.