CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections takes place across the United States to provide Americans with the opportunity to discuss issues regarding relations with China. Issues described by leading experts through an international webcast are followed by more intimate discussion with an on-site specialist. The eighth such event begins at 6 PM October 16 at Daktronics, Inc. in Brookings.
Join us Oct. 2 in the Lewis & Clark Room of the Student Union for a keynote presentation by Professor Stephanie Anderson describing her experiences the night “the wall” came down. Dr. Anderson may have been the first Americans to freely pass between East and West Germany.
The City of Brookings will honor Harriet Swedlund as the recipient of the 15th annual Dorothy and Eugene T. Butler Human Rights Award on Thursday, September 25, 2014. Swedlund is being recognized for her work in bridging cultural differences and awareness through personnel interactions.
- Speakers use insight and expertise to educate audiences about countries, cultures, and critical global issues of the 21st century. Just as many audience members may have never traveled abroad, speakers may have never been to South Dakota. Education is two-fold to bring greater understanding. Not taking a stand, but presenting information is the hallmark of SDWAC programs.
- Audiences, primarily of middle, secondary and university students as well as community members and government and business leaders, engage in conversation about world affairs. Whether it comes from asking questions in a lecture setting or having one-on-one conversation with visiting heads of state, people on all sides come away enriched.
- Participants in SDWAC programs are changed by listening to speakers, traveling to another country as part of an exchange, being in a classroom to learn from a guest speaker or traveled teacher, or hosting international visitors. Resulting enrichment gives each one better knowledge with which to respond to challenges of the 21st century.