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Global Conversations

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Global Conversations sessions are 90-minute lively Zoom synchronous sessions in which students from several international partner institutions interact in a guided, facilitated manner on a list of global topics. In these sessions, DePaul faculty members have partnered with faculty from our international partner universities from countries including Brazil, India, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Australia, the UK and more.  These dynamic sessions have cultivated intercultural, meaningful discussions on how global issues affect various academic disciplines and industries, such as psychology, public health, business and more. 

Global Conversations Round 8

Register now with the links below!

The next round of Global Conversations are set for May 6-16, 2024. Since March 2020, DePaul, in collaboration with over 200 faculty facilitators from 60 international institutions, has conducted several rounds of Global Conversations hosting over 3,000 students from 6 continents. Thanks to many of you, the Global Conversations have been dynamic and engaging sessions where students found similarities with others all over the world, and learned more about the differences in experiences regarding global issues.

Registration is open for all college and university students and professors. Please register at least 24 hours prior to the start of the session.  


Name of Session Short Description  Zoom Registration  Date and Time
Addressing Technological and Other Challenges Students Face in Higher Education As the world becomes more interconnected, university students everywhere are faced with new challenges that affect the quality of their educational experience. Although many of the well-known challenges that relate to academics, access, and affordability persist, students are also struggling to navigate an array of complex technological advances that affect their learning every day. Participants in this session will discuss technological and other challenges they face as university students and the strategies they use to address or cope with the impacts of these challenges on their education. Register for Zoom Meeting
May 6 at 11:00am-12:30pm
US Central
The entrepreneurial context, an institutional perspective Following Institutional Theory proposed by Northon (1990) which explains the influence of formal factors such as laws and politics and informal factors such as culture in the entrepreneurial process. In this 90 minute Global Conversation you will talk with students from different places, about your country's laws and culture and will stand the differences of the entrepreneurial intention in different contexts. Register for Zoom Meeting
May 6 at 3:00pm-4:30pm
US Central
Back to nature! A new paradigm for a global society Although contact with nature is absolutely essential to modern life, our current socio-economic organization of social life pits human beings against nature. In this global conversation, we will examine the possibility of living in greater harmony with nature. We will discuss how we can reconcile technological advances while protecting the environment and what indigenous communities in the Americas and elsewhere teach us about how to live more positively with nature. Register for Zoom Meeting
May 6 at 5:00pm-6:30pm
US Central
Exploring Artificial Intelligence and the impact on the tourist experience. In this session we will explore how AI technologies such as machine learning, Advanced Robotics, and language processing are transforming the way that tourists plan, book and experience their trip. We will examine how these tools are used, the associated benefits and challenges for the tourist and the sector. Finally, we will forecast emerging trends in AI and their potential impact on the future of tourism. Register for Zoom Meeting
May 7 at 9:00am-10:30am
US Central
Effects of Disruptive Technology on Global Trade The WTO sustains that the so-called disruptive technologies, such as blockchain, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and machine learning, have the potential to transform border management and the conduct of international trade. These technologies also have an impact on trade policies in terms of overseeing new protectionism against hi-tech products, adjustments in employment, skill development, trade agreements, and trade infrastructure. In this Global Conversation students from different countries may talk about how the disruptive technologies are affecting the business environment in their own countries and how they think may affect global trade. Register for Zoom Meeting
May 7 at 11:00am-12:30pm
US Central
Gender power imbalances as determinants of health Gender power imbalances that exist due to cultural norms, or for religious or economic reasons contribute to infectious disease transmission in many countries. In the case of sexual consenting rights these may be barriers to disease prevention. This session will explore power imbalances between men and women as determinants of health. Register for Zoom Meeting
May 7 at 7:00pm-8:30pm
US Central
All things start at the beginning… Disparities in maternal health and reproductive choices across the world: Why do they still persist? In 2023, the World Health Organisation reported that around 800 women a day die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth worldwide. Whilst many of these could be affected by the impact of skilled healthcare professions, much of the burden of pre-maternal and maternal health needs is driven by social and cultural factors. How do we train our next generation of practitioners to navigate the globally diverse set of attitudes and beliefs that surround sexual development, reproductive choices, conception and the role of the maternal figure…? This workshop will help to do just that! Register for Zoom Meeting
May 8 at 9:00am-10:30am
US Central
Sustainable City Strategies for Smart City or Strategic Digital City Projects: how can citizens participate to improve quality of life? In this multidisciplinary dialogue, respecting the different countries and their realities, students will discuss how citizens can participate in the cities' co-management using or not technological alternatives, focusing on sustainable strategies. Register for Zoom Meeting
May 8 at 1:00pm-2:30pm
US Central
How can we address climate change as global citizens? The climate change consequences are beyond national boundaries, and climate action needs to be the responsibility of every citizen of the planet. In this global conversation, participants will explore climate change through various lenses, such as gender, national identity, geography, and culture. Also, we will deliberate on how we can instill a sense of collective responsibility, social contract, and collective action empowering global citizens to collaboratively take actions at local, national, and global levels. Register for Zoom Meeting
May 9 at 9:00am-10:30am
US Central
Building Brand Narratives in a Multicultural World In a world that's rapidly globalizing, understanding multicultural perspectives is essential for brand marketers. This session dives into the world of brand marketing from a multicultural lens, exploring how different cultures perceive, interact with, and create brands. Through a combination of discussion, group work, and case studies, students will learn how to build brand narratives that resonate on a global scale, while also being sensitive to local nuances. Register for Zoom Meeting
May 9 at 1:00pm-2:30pm
US Central
A World Without Nuclear Weapons: Bringing the Conversation Home Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the threat of a nuclear war is higher than ever, and yet for many people, this issue may feel distant or too large to tackle as individuals. The session is primarily centered on the texts of two Japanese educators, Josei Toda and Daisaku Ikeda, who were strong advocates of the abolition of nuclear weapons. Considering what we can do as educators and ordinary citizens toward a world without nuclear weapons, the intent of this session is not only to raise awareness of this issue, but also for participants to feel hopeful and empowered that a world without nuclear weapons is possible. Register for Zoom Meeting
May 9 at 9:00pm-10:30pm
US Central
The power of digital influencers that goes beyond borders and continents The proposed debate session seeks to explore the strength of national and global influencers among the participants, seeking to identify their roles (what they are for) and the extent to which they can cross cultural and geographic borders Register for Zoom Meeting
May 13 at 9:30am-11:00am
US Central
Food, Culture, and Identity This is a bilingual session conducted in Japanese and English. Non-native speakers of Japanese or English must have completed at least two years of college-level instruction in the respective language. We explore the theme of food using the story circle methodology, allowing students to understand each other, thus enabling them to gain a deeper understanding of themselves in the light of others' perspectives. Register for Zoom Meeting
May 13 at 9:00pm-10:30pm
US Central
Behaviour change for an improved environment and health In this session, learners will explore how human behaviour and the environment influence each other with the goal of helping learners change their behaviours to improve the environment. Learners will also discuss the impact of the environment on individual mental and physical health. Register for Zoom Meeting
May 14 at 9:00am-10:30am
US Central
Is democracy truly democratic? Exploring different elements/aspects that characterize government. Defining and characterizing the concept of democracy. Analyzing different definitions of democracy and reflecting upon the features of a truly democratic government. Register for Zoom Meeting
May 14 at 11:00am-12:30pm
US Central
Fostering Social Justice through Language Education: Empowering Student Engagement and Activism The focus of this global conversation lies in the importance of social justice in education, emphasizing the development of civic competencies and social action. It will encourage the discussion that language curriculum can promote student engagement and activism by allowing them to choose topics, engage in non-linguistic activities, and reflect on substantive issues. Register for Zoom Meeting
May 16 at 11:00am-12:30pm
US Central
Urban Agriculture and Sustainable Cities Participate in our discussion on urban agriculture's role in fostering sustainable cities. We'll explore its definitions, characteristics, and benefits, including improved urban life, food security, and a healthier environment. Join us in shaping the future of sustainable urban development. Register for Zoom Meeting
May 16 at 1:00pm-2:30pm
US Central


Here's what students have said: 

  • "I am very interested in dialoguing with others across differences to work together to improve the future of our global family."

  • "I wanted to hear different perspectives from people worldwide on this topic and how we can come up with solutions together as a society."

  • "It was really interesting to listen to different perspectives on what culture means to different people, but at the same time being able to generally agree on the value of cultural diversity, especially ."

  • “[I will remember] the openness of the discussions we held. I felt everyone was able to speak their mind, judgment free, and could be heard. Lots of great opinions were shared, and I think that is for the benefit of everyone.”

For a list of former Global Conversations conducted, please click here.  For any questions, please email Emily Kraus.  

Thank you to our partner institutions:

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands)
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (Brazil)
Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines)
Radboud University (The Netherlands)
Australian Catholic University (Australia)
Shanghai International Studies University (China) 
Baroda University (India)
Soka University (Japan)
Bilkent University (Turkey)
St. John's University (USA)
Brandeis University (USA)
Symbiosis International University (India)
Catholic Institute of West Africa (Nigeria)
Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)
Caucasus International University (Georgia)
The Open University (The UK)
Centro Paula Souza (Brazil)
Tianjin Normal University (China)
Centro Universitário Christus (Brazil)
Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine)
Douglas College (Canada)
EADA Business School (Spain)
Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (Chile)
Edward Bernays University College (Croatia)
Universidad Católica de Salta (Argentina)
Faculdade de Tecnologia de Indaiatuba (FATEC) (Brazil)
Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera (Spain)
Fudan University (China)
Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (Brazil)
Universidad de Deusto (Spain)
Hampton University (USA)
Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico)
Higher Colleges of Technology (UAE)
Universidad ICESI (Colombia)
Huaqiao University (China)
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina)
Instituto Brasileiro de Ensino, Desenvolvimento e Pesquisa (Brazil)
Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) (Brazil)
IPAG Business School (France)
Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (Brazil)
Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Portugal)
Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (Kenya)
Universität Zu Göttingen (Germany)
Kansai University (Japan)
University of Calabar (Nigeria)
Kaohsiung Medical University (Taiwan)
University of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Keele University (UK) 
University of Minnesota (USA)
Loughborough University (The UK)
University of Stirling (The UK)
Makerere University (Uganda)
University of Utah (USA)
Morgan State University (USA)
University of Uyo (Nigeria)
National Kaohsiung Normal University (Taiwan)
University of Valencia (Spain)
Notre Dame Seishin University (Japan)
Weifang University (China)
Nottingham Trent University (The UK)