Plenary Connections: Malcolm Gladwell

December 08, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference

By William R. Holmes

It is with great pleasure that I write about Malcolm Gladwell who will be our Opening Plenary speaker at the 2015 NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo in Boston. A renowned journalist, author, speaker, and a recipient of the Order of Canada, Mr. Gladwell's five books have each made the New York Times best sellers list.... See More

Plenary Connections: Tawakkol Karman

November 24, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Leadership

By Elaine Meyer-Lee, EdD

I am delighted that NAFSA will feature Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman as the Closing Plenary speaker at the 2015 Annual Conference and Expo in Boston, Massachusetts, this May. Like many of us, I was inspired in 2011 when I first learned of Karman's role in Yemen's revolution and her longer history in nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peacebuilding work.... See More

Plenary Connections: Child Soldier

November 13, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Leadership

By Jesse Lutabingwa

I am extremely pleased that Ishmael Beah, a Sierra Leonean author and human rights activist, will be one of the plenary speakers at the NAFSA 2015 Annual Conference & Expo in Boston. As a young boy, Beah survived a rebel attack during a civil war that killed his parents and two brothers. At the age of 13, he became a child soldier for the government army and fought for more than two years before being rescued by UNICEF.... See More

Plenary Connections: Shiza Shahid

November 10, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Leadership

By Kavita Pandit, PhD

Recently, NAFSA announced that Shiza Shahid, co-founder and ambassador of the Malala Fund as a plenary speaker at the 2015 NAFSA Annual Conference in Boston. Ms. Shahid has been an outspoken advocate for the empowerment of girls through increased access to education ever since she was a young woman growing up in Pakistan.... See More

"Have You Heard of the Case Study Challenge?"

August 20, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Ashley Glenn

It was my first time to the NAFSA annual conference, also my first year in the field, and I traveled to San Diego alone. Attending NAFSA can be overwhelming in the way family reunions show how far your family name extends and how few people you know. Not knowing anyone, it is tempting to stand at the edge of the room, walking in only for hors d’oeuvres (which I did at one of the receptions).... See More

Dream Big

May 30, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Michael Feighner

Kakenya Ntaiya did not learn that female genital mutilation was illegal in her home country of Kenya until she came to the United States as an international student. She did not know that women were allowed to own property or that girls were... See More

Exploring the Power of Forgiveness

May 28, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Michael Feighner

International educators are united by a passion for bringing people closer and turning the foreign into the familiar. Many of them also connect through their awkward moments and misunderstandings in international exchange that later turn into... See More