Guest Speaker Session (Shared Interest)

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Does Who Control the Galaxy Control Earth: The 21st Century Leadership Imperative

Thursday, June 1
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
LACC, Room 518

As we witness the exponential investment in space development, exploration and security, collectively, we must pause to think about the governance and sustainability of Earth as control shifts to the universe. The imperative for leadership qualities and connections that only a global education can offer and the role of international educators has never been more important.

Lorna Jean Edmonds

Vice Provost for Global Affairs and International Studies
Ohio University

Dr. Lorna Jean Edmonds is the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and International Studies and Professor, College of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University (OHIO). Before joining OHIO in 2013, she worked in four of Canada’s research-intensive universities, including the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, Western University and the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Edmonds has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the globalization of higher education and international development in more than 60 countries in Asia, the Americas, Europe and Africa. Over this period, her academic interests have shifted from global health to the health of the globe and Earth’s sustainability with a particular interest in space governance and the need for talent and scholarship in this emerging field. She has a Ph.D. at the University of East Anglia, UK; M.H.A. at the University of Ottawa, CAN; and B.A. (Sciences) at Queen’s University, CAN.


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