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IMI Hosts the 15th Annual IMI Conference on Intercultural Relations

April 22, 2014

Intercultural Management Institute Hosts the 15th Annual IMI Conference on Intercultural Relations

On Thursday, March 13th and Friday, March 14th the Intercultural Management Institute (IMI) held the 15th Annual IMI Conference on Intercultural Relations. The conference brought together approximately 200 intercultural relations professionals from various sectors to share their knowledge and best practices with colleagues and like-minded individuals in the field. The conference commenced with a welcome from IMI’s Executive Director, Gary Weaver.

During the two-day conference, participants had access to over 48 sessions across six different tracks. The tracks included cross-cutting topics in intercultural relations; diplomacy; international education, exchanges and training; healthcare; business; and media and technology. Attendees learned experimental techniques, engaged in discussion about cutting-edge training methods and shared innovative ideas.

Conference participants received two relevant and informative keynote addresses from Al Jazeera English correspondent, Rosiland Jordan and senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Moises Naim. On Thursday, Rosiland Jordan discussed the difficulties associated with producing objective news for audiences from different cultures. On the final day, Moises Naim discussed the shift in power dynamics around the world a topic covered in his newest book, The End of Power, which all participants received a copy of.

This conference proved to be an effective venue for equipping participants with a toolkit of resources to apply to their own work, and a platform for intellectual conversations around the field of intercultural relations. For repeat conference participant, Olga Sevcuka, this year’s conference offered a new set of takeaways. She stated, “For the second year in a row, I have greatly enjoyed getting the opportunity to experience the IMI conference. I always learn a lot and come away with new skills and questions. This year was no exception.”

The 2014 IMI Conference on Intercultural relations also garnered coverage from the International Relations Online Blog.

After a successful and productive conference IMI is already looking toward the future. Please save the date for the 16th Annual IMI Conference on Intercultural Relations which will be held on March 12th and 13th, 2014 at American University’s School of International Service. To learn more about ways to participate in next year’s conference please follow IMI on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.