Southeast Students Join CSIS Officials in Regional Conference on Global Issues, Change



April 5, 2010 – Karen Meacham, dean of the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA) and director of educational outreach at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Thomas Sanderson, deputy director and senior fellow for the CSIS Transnational Threats Project, will be the keynote speakers at Southeast Missouri State University’s third annual 2010 CSIS Regional Conference.

The conference, which will be held April 19 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus, will feature presentations by Meacham, Sanderson and 35 Southeast students enrolled in the UI498 senior seminar course.  The students’ presentations will focus on “Navigating a World of Accelerating Change.”

The event begins with coffee, juice and sodas served at 8 a.m. in the Cultural Arts Center Atrium at the River Campus, followed by welcoming remarks until 8:10 a.m. 

Meacham will begin her presentation, “The Seven Revolutions,” immediately following the welcome. Meacham, who received her masters’ degree from Columbia University and her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, began her career at CSIS working on its Smart Power Project in which she directed the Dialogue of America which dealt with the foreign policy debate.  She then pioneered the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, where she served as deputy director for two years, highlighting the intersection between health, foreign policy, and security, before becoming dean of AILA.

Sanderson will speak about international security and terrorism at 10 a.m.  He serves as a terrorism course instructor and private consultant for the U.S. government and the private sector while focusing his work on terrorism, intelligence, and information sharing; U.S. national security policy; and global threats and trends.  In 2005, Sanderson participated in a fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin, conducting research on U.S.-German counterterrorism cooperation and threat perception.  He is a graduate of Wheaton College and received his masters’ degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. 

Student presentations will be given from 9:20-9:45 a.m. and 12:15-2:45 p.m.

The students were chosen to participate in an intensive week-in-residence at CSIS in Washington, D.C., over spring break this semester.  There the students worked with world experts on global trends in population demographics, environmental issues, political conflict and other key global concerns.  Since returning from the CSIS think tank, the students have developed recommendations for national policies regarding economic, energy, demographic and security trends, on which they will base their presentations.

One of the students’ presentations, “Resource Scarcity,” will be presented by Kenan Brown, a secondary education major from Ballwin, Mo.; Vandana Grewal, a biomedical science major from Cape Girardeau; Danielle Huebner, a sports management major from Red Bud, Ill.; Stacy Latham, a nursing major from Benton, Mo.; Jason Pourney, an agribusiness major and horticulture major from Jackson, Mo.; and Elizabeth Vinson, a public relations major and Spanish major from St. Charles, Mo.  This presentation is scheduled for 9:20 a.m.

“Demography” is the second presentation presented by Daniel Barnes, an economics major from Charleston, Mo.; Courtney Bays, a biomedical science major from DeSoto, Mo.; Joshua Garris, an education major from Kennett, Mo.; William Harris, a nursing major from Jackson, Mo., Danielle Hoffman, biology major from Chester, Ill.; and Bailey Reutzel, journalism major from Cape Girardeau.  This presentation is scheduled for 12:15 p.m.

The following students will discuss the topic “Climate and Energy Issues”:  Emma Crosby, a German education major from Florissant, Mo.; Emily Krumm, a secondary education major from Ballwin, Mo.; Bryan Kujawa, a finance major and international business major from Fenton, Mo.; Amanda Lemonds, a historic preservation major from Cape Girardeau; Danielle Mattingly, an environmental science major and biology major from Perryville, Mo.; and Jerica Robinson, a social work major from St. Louis.  This presentation is scheduled for 12:45 p.m.

The fourth student presentation will be “Conflict/Nuclear Non-Proliferation” given by Wesley Braswell, an anthropology major and German major from Waterloo, Ill.; Kristopher Brown, a secondary education major from East Prairie, Mo.; Taylor Busch, an engineering physics major from Jackson, Mo.; Maura Gray, a political science major from Chester, Ill; Lucas Greten, an engineering physics major from Lenzberg, Ill.; Jon-Michael Schweigert, a psychology major from St. Louis,; and Junior Swift, an industrial engineering major from Jackson, Mo.  This presentation is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.

Elizabeth Dunbar, a fashion merchandising major from Glen Carbon, Ill.; Ben Hooe, a biomedical science major and chemistry major from Iuka, Ill.; Alexandra Kaufman, a dietetics major from St. Louis; Cindy Sandoval-Perez, a HR Management major from Washington, Mo.; Carrie Stearns, an elementary education major from Dexter, Mo., and Christina Vitale, a speech major and theatre major from St. Peters, Mo., will give a presentation entitled “Emerging Nations:  Brazil…and Latin America” at 1:50 p.m.

The final presentation, entitled “Russia…Then and Now” will be given by Ben Castelli, an accounting major and international business major from Cape Girardeau; Aaron Ernst, anthropology major from Perryville, Mo.; Carl Pogue, a philosophy major from Cape Girardeau; and Drew Reilly, a political science major and philosophy major from Mogedore, Ohio.  This presentation is scheduled for 2:20 p.m.

For more information about the Regional Conference and to reserve tickets for the conference luncheon, please contact the Vice Provost Office by calling (573) 651-2062.  For a detailed schedule of the day’s events, visit