Expand AU Menu

IMI Annual Conference Tracks


IMI’s Annual Conference provides a unique opportunity to convene a diverse group of professionals, academics and scholars from different sectors for networking and exchange of best practices in intercultural relations. This year’s conference will feature five tracks including international education, exchanges and training; media and technology; diplomacy; healthcare; and business. The conference will also feature sessions on intercultural issues that cut across different sectors and focus areas. With five concurrent sessions for each breakout block, conference participants may choose to focus on sessions related to their sector of interest or attend a broader range of sessions from different tracks or cross-cutting themes. IMI’s emphasis on experiential learning equips conference participants with a toolkit of resources to apply to their own work.

Keynote Speaker

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Correspondent, Al Jazeera English

Rosiland Jordan joined Al Jazeera in 2008 and covers the US State and Defense Departments – in other words, diplomacy and warfare. Prior to Al Jazeera, she covered the White House for NBC News and Tribune Broadcasting.  

Rosiland was nominated for an Emmy in 2005 for her work on NBC's 2004 presidential election night coverage. She also won a regional Associated Press award for her reporting on the US immigration debate for a public radio station in 2007.

Among her most memorable moments, Rosiland recalls interviewing then-Senator Barack Obama and his wife Michelle on the April day in 2008 when they realized his win in the North Carolina primary election was tantamount to his winning the Democratic party nomination for the presidency.

Keynote Speaker

Friday, March 14, 2014

Moisés Naím

Senior Associate, International Economics Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Moisés Naím is a Senior Associate in the International Economics Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the chief international columnist for El Pais and La Repubblica, Spain's and Italy's largest dailies and is one of the columnists in The Financial Times "A-List."  His weekly columns are also carried by all the leading newspapers in Latin America and in 2011 he was awarded the Ortega y Gasset prize, the most prestigious award in Spanish journalism. Naím is also the host and producer of Efecto Naím a weekly television program on international affairs that airs throughout the Americas.

Before joining the Carnegie Endowment, Naím was the editor in chief of Foreign Policy for fourteen years a period when the magazine was  re-launched and won the National Magazine award for General Excellence three times. He is author of many scholarly articles and more than ten books on international economics and politics including Illicit (2005) and The End of Power (2013). Naím's public service includes his tenure as Venezuela's Minister of Trade and Industry in the early 1990s, director of Venezuela's Central Bank, and executive director of the World Bank.  He was also a professor of business and economics and dean of IESA, Venezuela's main business school. He is the Chairman of the Board of both the Group of Fifty (G50) and of Population Action International, and a member of the board of directors of the National Endowment for Democracy, International Crisis Group, and the Open Society Foundations.

Naím holds MSc and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Media and Technology

New media and technologies have revolutionized communication around the world. They offer opportunities to promote cultural awareness, and foster cooperation and collaboration across communities and countries; but could also be used to spread misinformation leading to greater polarization and conflict. Sessions in this track will explore such issues as effective use of new media and technology in cross-cultural communication and outreach, conflict-sensitive and inclusive media and messaging, and media as a public diplomacy tool.

Current sessions include:



Ideal for U.S. and international diplomats as well as representatives of bilateral and multilateral organizations, this track will include sessions that provide an overview of Washington diplomatic tradecraft, examine best practices in public diplomacy, and equip participants with bi- and multilateral negotiation skills.

Current sessions include:


Globalization and migration trends present a wide range of challenges in healthcare, both domestically and internationally. Social, cultural, and linguistic barriers often create disparities in healthcare provision. Sessions in this track will address such issues as cross-cultural health communications, overcoming cultural stigmas and stereotypes, approaches for cross-cultural health promotion and prevention, healthcare literacy, and integrative and complimentary medicine.

Current sessions include:

More sessions to come!