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Past Conferences

Students on Red Square in Moscow, Russia

View materials from our past conferences below. Follow corresponding links listed for information ranging from biographies of presenters to presentations from keynote speakers.


WISE 2015
Wednesday – Friday | February 4 – 6, 2015

WISE 2015 began with four pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 facilitated by leading intercultural educators.  The 2015 conference scheduled featured two keynote speakers and 28 dynamic concurrent sessions for participants to attend.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Janet Bennett
Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Intercultural Communication Institute and the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication

Dr. Mark Sheid
President and CEO, Institute for Study Abroad
Butler University


WISE 2014

WISE 2014
Wednesday – Friday | February 5 – 7, 2014
WISE 2014 began with a pre-conference workshop held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by Dr. Michael Vande Berg entitled “Facilitating Student Learning Abroad: A Development and Experiential Approach.” The 2014 conference hosted one keynote speakers and 27 concurrent sessions for participants to attend.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Michael Vande Berg
Principal at MVB Associates, International Affairs


WISE 2013
Thursday – Saturday | January 31 – February 2, 2013
WISE 2013 began with a pre-conference workshop held on Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Dr. Michael Vande Berg entitled “From Theory & Research to Practice: A Workshop for Intercultural Skills Enhancement.” The 2013 conference hosted two keynote speakers, 24 concurrent sessions, and multiple vibrant group discussions for participants to attend.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Penelope Pynes
Associate Provost
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Terry Baker
Associate Professor of Accountancy
Wake Forest University