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Committee on Teaching about the United Nations (CTAUN) 


Saturday September 22, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT

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Joe C. Thompson Conference Center 
University of Texas at Austin
2405 Robert Dedman
Austin, TX 78713

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A conference for educators, students, concerned citizens

This conference will provide an opportunity for educators, community members, and university students to gain knowledge of local and global trends and solutions in an effort to promote tolerance. Throughout this day, there will be keynotes, panelists, breakouts, and an info fair that will explore social, educational, and legal solutions for change.

Keynote Speakers: 

MAHER NASSER, United Nations -- Director of the Outreach Division in the Department of Public Information (DPI)

DR. PATRICIA ALVEY, Southern Methodist University 

Presenters include:

John Alawneh, Executive Director of Technology, Austin ISD

Kris Donley, Austin Dispute Resolution Center

Keith Elkins, Executive Director of Freedom of Information of Texas

Margo Frasier, Police Monitor for the City of Austin

Natalie Kloss-Biagini, Founder of Texas Child Safety

Dr. Barbara Mink, President Austin Community College Board

Jerry Mitchell, former Senior Career Diplomat

Catherine Morse, General Counsel of Public Affairs at Samsung Austin

Paul Teich, Product Management Consultant addressing local markets and technology use around the world

Mel Waxler, General Counsel, Austin ISD

Program Schedule

8:30 - 9:30  Registration

9:00 - 10:00 Opening and Keynote

10:00 - 10:40 Panel I   -  Information Technology

10:50 - 11:35  Breakout Sessions

11:35 - 11:45  Break and Networking

11:45 - 12:30  Panel II  -  Global Austin

12:30 - 1:30  Lunch, Info Fair, Networking

1:30 - 2:10  Panel III  -  Solutions for Change

2:20 - 3:05  Breakout Sessions

3:05 - 3:15  Break & Networking

3:15 - 4:00  Keynote & Closing


Maher Nasser  Opening Keynote
Maher Nasser has over 25 years of work experience in the United Nations System during which he has worked in various capacities in Gaza, Jerusalem, Amman, Cairo, Vienna and New York.

Prior to assuming his current post as Director of the Outreach Division in the Department of Public Information (DPI) in New York, Mr. Nasser was the Director of the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) in Vienna from July 2008 and Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Cairo from January 2006. Before joining DPI, Mr. Nasser was the Chief of the New York Liaison Office for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). He also worked for UNRWA, in Vienna and Amman and served as an Associate Information Officer for the United Nations Drug Control Programme in Vienna (now UNODC).  Prior to joining the United Nations, he worked for two non-governmental organizations based in Jerusalem.

From 1 April to 13 August 2012, he was Acting Head of the Department of Public Information.