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March 6, 2013

Global Expert Headlines Edgecombe Community College Symposium This Week

ROCKY MOUNT — Hear how one community is fighting world hunger, learn tips on international travel, and sample cuisine from around the world at the 2013 Global Education Spring Symposium at Edgecombe Community College this week.

“We Are the World: Our Responsibility as Global Citizens” is the theme of the two-day event, set for Thursday and Friday.

All events will be held in the Barnes Building on the Rocky Mount campus. The symposium is free and open to the public.

The symposium kicks off at 1 p.m. Thursday with a panel discussion on international travel tips in Barnes Auditorium.

ECC President, Dr. Deborah Lamm, will deliver opening remarks at 2:30 p.m. Dr. Neil Bolick, associate director of World View, will follow with his keynote address on “Globalization and the Community College.” A reception will be held after his remarks.

World View is an outreach program of UNC-Chapel Hill that helps educators from kindergarten through college integrate global education into their curricula.

Bolick holds a bachelor’s degree in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in Chinese language and literature from Indiana University. He has taught English language and literature in Taiwan, taught Chinese literature in the U.S., and led a consulting firm for international


As an international business consultant, Bolick traveled regularly to Asia, South America, and Europe. He has been with World View since 2003.

Friday’s events begin at 8 a.m. with an opening session in the auditorium on “Glocalization: It’s All Around Us” by ECC instructor Carole Mehle. Glocalization focuses on thinking globally and acting locally. Door prizes will be awarded.

Sessions on globalization topics will follow from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be held in the auditorium, Barnes 153, and Barnes 160.

Concurrent sessions from 9 to 10:15 a.m. will be led by ECC instructors Ben Trimpi, Samantha Spencer, Ann Kent, and Patti Copeland.

Concurrent sessions from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. will be led by Chris Kent, ECC instructor; Leila Moog, media specialist at Apex High School; and Lillian Jones.

An International Food Festival from noon until 1 p.m. will conclude the symposium. Chinese, Spanish, African, Jamaican, and British dishes, among others, will be available for sampling. Prizes will be awarded.

The Global Education Spring Symposium is sponsored by the Diversity and Global Connections Committee to bring cultural awareness to the college and local community.

For more information, contact Carole Mehle, chair of the Diversity and Global Connections Committee and English/humanities instructor, at 823-5166, ext. 347, or HYPERLINK ""


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