The School of Social Sciences’ Global Connect program will close out its ninth successful year on June 4 with its annual high school symposium, “20/20: A Global Vision.” More than 350 middle and high school students will be coming to campus for the daylong event that will feature public addresses from UCI’s Olive Tree Initiative students and Robert Garfias, UCI anthropologist and internationally recognized ethnomusicologist. Student-designed projects, essays and posters featuring creative solutions to international issues such as global warming dealing with effects of globalization on different nations, and foreign policy recommendations for President Obama will all be on display.  Also among the day’s activities will be award presentations for the best student essay and best display board, and overall program awards for global citizenship.  UCI faculty, students, staff, alumni and community friends are invited to attend all sessions to learn more about Global Connect’s global impact.
 
Friday, June 4, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
University of California, Irvine Student Center
 
For further information, please contact Ellen Schlosser, edschlos@uci.edu or 949-824-3596. 
 
About Global Connect: 
Global Connect is an international studies curriculum program which aims to provide middle and high school students with a better understanding of how global issues impact their lives. Designed and led by an interdisciplinary team of UCI faculty, graduate and undergraduate students representing the social sciences disciplines, the curriculum is currently being taught at Costa Mesa, Estancia, Laguna Hills and Newport Harbor High Schools as well as Te Winkle Middle School.  Created in 2001, the curriculum is offered in both Spanish and English and its materials are fully available online for download and public use.  The Global Connect curriculum is UCI’s first program to become an established core academic course within California's schools. 

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