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By Esther Brimmer

Helen ClarkI am delighted to share the news that the Right Honourable Helen Clark, former administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will be the keynote speaker at the NAFSA 2017 Pathways to Peace Luncheon on Friday, June 2, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

I first met Helen Clark in 2009 as I was starting my job as the United States assistant secretary for international organizations, just 11 days before she started as administrator of the UNDP. On my first trip to the United Nations headquarters in New York in my new capacity, Helen invited me to meet—and to have a nice lunch—so that we could get to know each other. She and I had a memorable talk about the priorities we brought to new jobs with global scope.

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By Kelly Zuniga

Compared to other city centers, downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) struggles to be a pedestrian-friendly area. Sure, the sidewalks are wide and new businesses attract clientele to the area, but it can still feel like a ghost town sometimes. My hopes and dreams for Los Angeles include a continuously evolving and booming city center. That’s why this week I’m encouraging you to help revolutionize the vibe of DTLA by exploring different neighborhoods on foot.

For those interested in guided tours, the L.A. Conservancy offers walking tours with a neat focus on architectural history and culture. The tours run on Saturdays and cost $15 for the public. Be sure to book ahead of time because the spots fill up. If you would like to explore downtown on your own, download one of their PDF guides for a self-guided tour.

I wouldn’t be a good L.A. guide if I didn’t provide my own tour. Here is a list of places in DTLA that are worth visiting in my opinion. I shouldn’t take all the credit—the tour was originally designed by my best friend and I have modified it a bit. I will provide a quick explanation behind my selection, and include printable walking directions and a link to Google maps. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes because this walking tour will most certainly help you reach your step goals for the day. Approximate time spent walking is 1 hour and 25 minutes, with plenty of stops in between of course. You might recognize some places from previous blog posts (I like when it all comes together!). Here we go!

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By Chanda Chen

In just a little over a month, we will kick off the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference & Expo in Los Angeles. This year’s theme, “Expanding Community, Strengthening Connections,” seems to be the perfect call to action for the challenges our field is facing during these extraordinary times. Our role as advocates for international education (IE) and as facilitators of intercultural understanding and global collaboration has become more important than ever.

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From cities to wilderness, Southern California has tons for NAFSA 2017 attendees to explore. Check out these fun day trips that will leave you feeling like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, “I’ve a feeling we’re not in [Los Angeles] anymore…”

Heading Towards the Border

Temecula
Temecula, it’s spacious, warm, and dry—perfect conditions for wine country! I used to consider a weekend in Napa Valley as the ultimate wine escape. However, I never seem to make it up north because Temecula is only two hours away, and—more importantly—wine flows aplenty! Most wineries are located on Rancho California Road. Wine aficionados could spend all day here, but keep in mind that wineries close early in the evening. Tours and car services are available, which you may want to consider since the wineries are driving distance apart. For the best sourdough bread with brie cheese, visit Maurice Car’rie Vineyard. You’ll thank me later! All winery backdrops are spectacular in their own way, which is why it is a popular wedding destination, so don’t forget your camera. Thrill seekers, Temecula is also a playground for hot air ballooning and skydiving.

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By Yenbo Wu

The field of international education sits at the intersection of profound and wide-ranging questions. How do nations balance the forces of economic independence and interdependence? What role does immigration play in cultural and economic vitality? What risks does it pose? What is the relationship between collaboration, competition, peace, and conflict? Diversity, unity, creativity, and problem solving?

The past year has brought challenges and opportunities to our field: upheaval in Turkey; a peace accord in Colombia; Brexit; growth of the global middle class and increased demand for higher education; continued humanitarian crises in Syria; reimagined relations between the United States and Cuba; and a new U.S. presidential administration posing challenges on immigration both rhetorically and in policy. Such trends and events make me stop; seek information and evidence; and consider varied perspectives that help me understand the movements today that have a real impact on higher education.

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By Dawn Cepica

This week’s NAFSA 2017 Current Topic Workshop Spotlight Series entry features a conversation with Anne Hayner, associate director for alumni relations at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.

Hayner, along with co-trainers Erin Hillis, associate director of international programs at Rhodes College, and Liz Cosgrove, center director at ELS Language Centers – Dallas, shares insight into why their NAFSA 2017 Current Topics Workshop (CTW), Academic Ethics Across Cultures: Preparing Your Students and Your Campus, is so valuable and timely for international educators today.

“In 2017, the topic of academic ethics across cultures has only become more relevant,” says Hayner. “When charges of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ are in the daily headlines, how does this affect the way we teach about plagiarism and cheating? In a ‘post-truth’ era, can academic integrity be satisfied by proper citation?”

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By Kelly Zuniga

We, international education professionals, know that food is a key to discovering culture. If there is one facet of Los Angeles that speaks for our values, it is our culinary scene. L.A. is beaming with international dishes, often presented with Angeleno flare. In this post, I will introduce some of my preferred restaurants, with a special focus on those closest to downtown Los Angeles.

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By Dawn Cepica

The NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo provides a unique opportunity for professionals from around the world to gather as the largest community of international educators to listen, learn, network and connect with one another. The Current Topics Workshops (CTWs) are a great way to gain relevant knowledge and walk away with practical applications to further enhance professional growth and development.

As this year’s Annual Conference Committee Workshop Coordinator, I am excited to highlight three CTWs that will surely expand your community and strengthen connections at your various institutions and campuses.

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By Kelly Zuniga

To list all of the attractions in Los Angeles would be an impossible task. Instead, I will share a sample of what this city has to offer. Let’s begin with an overview of transportation and end with a preview of attractions.

Transportation

Airport to Downtown

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the major international airport in Los Angeles. One option for getting to downtown from LAX is to book a shared shuttle ride through SuperShuttle. The ride, per person, can cost as low as $15-17 when using the discount code E4RXN on the SuperShuttle website. Other forms of direct transportation include ride sharing apps (Lyft or Uber), hailing a taxi at the airport, or ExecuCar.

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Registration and housing for the international education event of the year is now open. Starting planning your NAFSA 2017 experience today!

Learn more about the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference & Expo, May 28-June 2 in Los Angeles, CA by visiting www.nafsa.org/losangeles.

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