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Past Speakers

Past speakers from 2014-2015 include:

Dr. Melenie Lankau, Senior Associate Dean of Diversity and Global Initiatives and Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior
Wake Forest School of Business
“Expand your Global Mindset”
Thursday September 25, 2014, 3:30 pm
351 Farrell Hall  (view flyer)


Charles Hoots, Independent Scholar
“Don’t Show them the Soles of your Feet: Tips for Navigating Intercultural Experiences”
Tuesday October 7, 2014, 4:00 pm
404 ZSR Library (view Flyer)

With engaging stories from 16 years abroad and travels to over 30 countries, Charles Hoots shared lessons for successful interaction across cultures.

Charles Hoots grew up in North Carolina and has spent the majority of his adult life abroad. He lived 16 years in Paris, France where he was a journalist and later a business consultant for numerous international clients. He also spent a year in Yemen researching his first book, Tears of Sheba. More recently, he has pursued a second career as a veterinarian, working in Uganda, Kenya, and most recently, in South Sudan.



Past speakers from 2013-2014 include:

BenFreethBen Freeth, Executive Director,

Mike Campbell Foundation, Zimbabwe


Tuesday September 17, 5:30 pm

ZSR Library Auditorium (room 404)

Ben Freeth and his father-in-law, Mike Campbell, rose to prominence in 2007 when they took Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, to court in order to prevent their farm in central Zimbabwe from being taken by the government.  Through the Mike Campbell Foundation, Ben’s main focus is on restoring justice, the rule of law and human rights in Zimbabwe. Their struggle is described in the documentary film Mugabe and the White African. Ben will be speaking about “Scorched Earth and Destruction in Zimbabwe” on Sept. 17 at 3:30 pm.

In his work and legal struggles, Ben has needed to exercise a number of intercultural skills. Being aware of one’s own cultural values, working effectively in diverse teams, tolerating and coping with adversity, and being able to establish rapport with others quickly have been essential to his success.