Annual World Peace Symposium Planned for Friday, September 19

September 18, 2014 at 2:15 am

The University of South Carolina Upstate will host the seventh annual Rotary World Peace Symposium, September 19, 2014.

Emelisa Callejas Romero, former Consul General of the Consulate of Honduras in Atlanta, Georgia, will be the keynote speaker for the event at 1 p.m. in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

Callejas’ talk, “Border Crisis and Actions for Peace,” is free and open to the public.

Callejas has worked to create a national plan to train women in entrepreneurship, promoting the change of laws to include food security as a national priority, and to introduce English as a second language in the public education system. She serves as the vice president for Latin America for IPutiliNet, a company that will connect Honduras to the fiber optic submarine ports and help to open new doors for the Honduran educational system.She has four children and five grandchildren.

The schedule for the day includes:

  • 1 p.m. – Welcome by Dr. Warren Carson, senior associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and chief diversity officer.
  • 1:15 p.m. – Keynote address by Emelisa Callejas
  • 2:15 p.m. – International student panel with Niklas Bikowski of Germany, Fidahussein Fidahussein of Tanzania, Ashley Hu of China, Alessandra Ovchinnikova of Belarus and Cahit Sahin of Turkey.
  • 3:15 p.m. – Rotarians to present essay and poster contest winners from the Spartanburg County Scholars Academy with awards. The winning entries are displayed in the University’s ballroom.

The Peace Symposium is a collaboration of USC Upstate’s College of Arts and Sciences, Center for International Studies, Spartanburg County Scholars Academy, Elizabeth Belenchia and Rotary International.