World's Largest International Education Conference Coming to St. Louis

Mar 07, 2013, 16:05 ET from NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Registration now open; Speaker line-up includes prominent peace and justice advocates

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Looking for leads and sources for cutting-edge stories on international education? The NAFSA annual conference is the world's largest gathering of professionals in international education. More than 8,000 education, immigration and foreign policy experts from 120 countries come together to share insights, data and new trends that will impact higher education around the world. Each day includes a plenary address from a global leader committed to peace and a better world. See below to find out more about this year's line-up and how to apply for a media pass.

2013 Plenary Speakers

  • Kofi Annan, Former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Laureate
    Opening Plenary Address, Tuesday, May 28, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
  • Oscar Arias, Two-Time Costa Rica President and Nobel Peace Laureate
    International Plenary and Luncheon, Friday, May 31, 12:00 – 1:30 pm.
  • Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Internationally Renowned Brain Surgeon and Former Migrant Farm Worker
    Plenary Address, Wednesday, May 29, 4:00 – 5:30 pm.
  • Rye Barcott, Founder of Carolina for Kibera, Peace Activist, and Former Marine
    Plenary Address, Thursday, May 30, 4:00 – 5:30 pm.
  • Learn more about the speakers at

Guest Speakers
Other speakers include representatives from local St. Louis institutions and experts on immigration, the Arab Spring, social media and more.

  • Pia Orrenius, former White House senior economist; assistant vice president and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Leila Nadya Sadat, special adviser to International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda; director of Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis
  • Shibley Telhami, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at University of Maryland-College Park
  • George Mehaffy, vice president for academic leadership and change at American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC
  • Eric Stoller, student affairs and technology blogger for Inside Higher Ed
  • Peter MacKeith, associate dean at Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis; curator at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum 
  • Harry I. Chernotsky, director of international studies at University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Gina M. Rosabal, social justice consultant
  • Find more information about guest speakers at  

Conference Details
NAFSA's 65th annual conference is where you can join a forward-looking public conversation about "Ideals and Impact in International Education," with experts in this vital global field.

Tuesday, May 28Friday, May 31, 2013

America's Center
701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101

More Highlights

  • Find a full list of the more than 200 conference session offerings at
  • The International Education Expo Hall will feature exhibitors representing hundreds of organizations from around the world, including colleges and universities, study abroad and intensive-English programs, embassies and government agencies and more. Plan ahead with an online guide at

NAFSA Media Pass

  • Reporters interested in covering NAFSA's annual conference should register for a Media Pass in advance by submitting a completed Media Pass Registration form. For complete information about press registration, NAFSA's policy for media pass holders, and other details, visit NAFSA's 2013 annual conference pages for news media at Check-in for news media begins Tuesday, May 28, at 7:00 AM at the America's Center. Media workspace will be provided.
  • For advance or on-site help, to schedule interviews, or to arrange a quick guided orientation to the conference, contact You can also visit NAFSA online, check out our blog, and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest in international education.

With nearly 10,000 members, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education. Visit us at
To learn more about our advocacy efforts, visit and follow @ConnectOurWorld on Twitter.

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