Students share cultural backgrounds and the impact of global affairs

Several students at the Penn State School of International Affairs will speak about their culture and how it relates to global affairs as part of SIA’s new Around the World Student Speaker Series. Presentations will take place throughout this semester, and speakers will present on topics from the viewpoint of their home countries and cultural backgrounds.

In addition to SIA students, the series also includes LL.M. students from Penn State Law, all of whom are international students. The talks are designed to provide a broad overview of the vast cultural diversity of SIA and LL.M. students and the types of viewpoints and backgrounds they bring to the SIA and Penn State Law communities.

The semester-long speaker series began on Jan. 20, and continues at the specified dates and times listed below. All of the presentations take place in the Lewis Katz Building and are free and open to the public.

Date and Time Topic/Speaker Room Number

Jan. 20 at 4:00 p.m.

"Morocco: Language, Customs, and Traditions" - Marwane Zouaidi


Feb. 1 at 1:00 p.m.

“When the Levee Breaks: Understanding the Tunisian Revolution” - Iyadh Abid, LL.M. student


Feb. 8 at 4:00 p.m.

Panel: “The Humanitarian Mission and Role of the United States Military in Post-Conflict Nation Building,” - Capt. Jeff Morgan, U.S. Army, Capt. Jason Isgrigg, U.S. Army and Lt. Jason M. Gibson, U.S. Navy


Feb. 15 at 1:00 p.m.

“Saudi Arabia: Marriage, Customs, Culture, Food, and Diversity,” - Amani Alkhiami


Feb. 24 at 4:00 p.m.

“Modern China: Prosperity, Poverty, and the Gap Between the West and the East” - Biyun Song and Han Wu


March 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Ghana: “Tribal Cultures: My Maternal Ga-Adangbe People” - Karen Coker


April 4 at 1 p.m.

Kosovo - Kaltrina Hoxha


April 18 at 1 p.m.

Bhutan - Sonam Peldon