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OSWEGO, NEW YORK — Hart Hall’s annual Global Awareness Conference was held on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November 2015, where students came together to share and grow their knowledge about the world.
The conference gives students, staff and members of the community an opportunity to present talks, exhibits, demonstrations as well as activities on cultural topics they are passionate about.
Conference coordinator Sofia Windstam says it’s important to create globally aware citizens in order to eliminate stereotypes.
“A lot of Americans and American students sometimes have less knowledge of the world around them and I think the more aware you are of different cultures and languages the better off you are”, Windstam said.
A presentation by Lisa Glidden, Director of the Global and International Studies program talked about how students can develop negative views about the world from what is portrayed in the news. Glidden says that in order to gain a broader understanding of the world it is important to look at a variety of news sources to make our own informed decisions as global citizens.
Lectures included talks about human trafficking in South America, forced marriages in other cultures and sex slavery while fun activities involved Ethiopian coffee tasting and Azerbaijani dance lessons.