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Diplomatic legacy of WWI felt a century later

Contrary to high hopes at the time, the peace process at the end of the so-called “War to End All Wars” a century ago laid the groundwork for many current global conflicts, such as the today’s tensions between NATO and Russia and the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East.

Josef Joffe

Josef Joffe

To mark the centenary of World War I, a group of interdisciplinary experts will gather April 9-10 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for a symposium tracing many of today’s global conflicts back to roots in the outcomes of the 1919 peace process.

The Diplomatic Legacy of World War I, sponsored by the UW–Madison Center for European Studies, will open with a keynote address on One Hundred Years of Consequences: The Strategic, Political, and Cultural Legacy of World War I, by Dr. Josef Joffe, editor of the German weekly Die Zeit, on Thursday, April 9, at 4 p.m., at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison. The keynote address is co-sponsored by the Madison Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany (ACG).

On Friday, April 10, a range of experts – professors of history and political science, and career diplomats – will delve further into the topic during panel discussions, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Fluno Center. The keynote and all panel discussions are free and open to the public.

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Global Youth Summit generates ideas for raising global awareness

Incorporating international news reports into school-wide announcements, having high school students give language lessons to elementary students, and hosting international dinners for the community are among the ideas for increasing global awareness offered by high school students at the 2015 Wisconsin Global Youth Summit.

The Wisconsin Global Youth Summit brought approximately 170 students from more than 35 high schools across Wisconsin, accompanied by more than 60 teachers, to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on Saturday, February 28, for a day of sessions aimed at promoting their growth as global citizens.

The summit was co-sponsored by the UW–Madison Division of International Studies and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Participating UW–Madison units include the Wisconsin International Scholars (WISc) Program, International Reach (International Student Services), Language Institute, and the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC).

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