Hart Global Awareness Conference

Presented by Hart Global Living and Learning Center

Lisa Shannon eventThe Global Awareness Conference (or GAC) is a day and a half on campus conference that gives students, faculty, staff, and members of the community the opportunity to learn about other cultures and global issues as well as present on topics they are passionate about.  These presentations include a wide range of topics and formats. Presenters are welcome to create talks, posters, exhibits, demonstrations, and activities for the conference attendees. 

The format and schedule of the conference shifts according to the content that is submitted by the college and the community. The conference typically starts with an opening reception, a welcoming speaker, and a documentary discussing the importance of global engagement. The following day is filled with dozens of programs focused on educating the audience about other cultures and issues and giving them the opportunity to celebrate those cultural differences.

Any questions regarding the conference can be directed to gac@oswego.edu.

2015 Conference

Friday, November 6 - Saturday, November 7
Keynote Event:
Lisa Shannon, one of O Magazine's Most Influential Women on the Planet
Saturday, November 7 at 7 pm
Sheldon Ballroom

Apply to become a presenter at this year's conference
Submission deadline is October 1, 2015

Keynote Speaker
Lisa Shannon has devoted herself to helping women in the Congo. One of OMagazine's 100 Most Influential Women on the Planet, she is an emphatic speaker who explores the world's deadliest war through the intimate lens of friendship, and shares her thoughts on the new politics of do-it-yourself foreign aid: "It's never too late to change the world-or yourself." Shannon's new book is Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen.

Lisa Shannon had what many would consider a good life-a successful company, a fiance, security. But one day, while watching Oprah, she was awakened to the atrocities in the Congo: women gang-raped and demoralized, millions dead from the worst war since World War II. She decided, at that moment, to become an activist and a sister. As the first grassroots activist in the U.S. working to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis in the Congo, often called "the worst place on earth to be a woman," she began with a lone 30-mile run. From there she founded Run for Congo Women and penned the striking book, A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman. Her new book, Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen: An Ordinary Family's Extraordinary Tale of Love, Loss, and Survival in Congo, was so described by Booklist: "This compelling narrative is not easily forgotten, nor are the many people whose stories she collected. This is a valiant record of the testimonies of vital witnesses; readers will not be able to look away."   At Run for Congo Women, Shannon has sponsored more than a thousand Congolese women through Women for Women International, where she is an ambassador. (The money goes to help them obtain an education.) In 2007 and 2008 and 2010, Shannon visited with women in the Eastern Congo. Rather fittingly, her appearance on an episode of Oprah dedicated to the greatest moral imperative of our time: the empowerment of women worldwide. With Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, she was ranked as one of Oprah's most inspiring moments of 2009, and was named one of Oprah's 100 Most Influential Women in 2010. Shannon has been profiled in The New York Times, on NPR, CNN, ABC, Time, and many others. Her incredible story is featured in Daniel Karslake's documentary Every Three Seconds, which will be released Fall 2014. Shannon's new project, Sister Somalia, was profiled on the front page of The New York Times.