For Better or Worse: Crossing the Line

November 14-15, 2022, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Located in the Nebraskan Student Union (Ponderosa Rooms A-E)
1013 W 27th St, Kearney, NE 68849

Note: Registration is required for livestream attendance. Sessions will not be recorded.

Many issues that shape the quality of our lives have an international dimension. Global economic interdependence is now a reality that no nation can ignore. The development of appropriate environmental strategies, the resolution of regional conflicts and the enhancement of human rights all require a global perspective.
The World Affairs program includes:

  • The introduction of important global issues to the students and local community
  • Exposure to a variety of viewpoints from other countries
  • Promotion of global awareness
Keynote Speaker: Sonia Nazario

Keynote Speaker: Sonia Nazario

Sonia Nazario is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable issues, including hunger, drug addiction, and immigration. Full speaker bio

Buy your copy of Sonia Nazario's bestselling book Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother at the bookstore before the 9:00 AM Keynote Session to have Sonia sign your copy! The bookstore opens at 8:00 AM. The Young Adult and Spanish Version will be available to purchase onsite from the author


Sunday, November 13




International Food Festival

Monday, November 14




Enrique’s Journey: How to Fix Immigration and the Fight for Child Migrants

Sonia Nazario


Book signing


Art is Keeping Us Alive in This War

Sergey Melnitchenko, Ukraine
MYPH Collective, Photography School & Gallery

Panel: Alternative Approaches to Crossing the Line

Maria Jesus Fernandez Garcia, Spain
Trade Commission of Spain in Chicago

Director General Bill S.C. Huang
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Denver


Take a Delegate to Lunch


Film Showing: Coming to the Plains


Indigenous Child Removal in Australia, Canada and the US

Margaret Jacobs
University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Panel: New Media and New Migrations

Vladimir Polach, Czechia
Palacký University

Abel Gomez Gutierrez, Mexico
Universidad Autonoma de Nayarit


Ukraine’s Revolution and Russia’s Invasion

Sophia Wilson
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Building Empowerment in Women and Self-Defense in India

Bret Mayfield
White River Health & Education


Climate Change and the Age of Complexity

Roberto Razeto, Italy
IULM University

Panel: Searching for Perspectives in Classrooms Around the World

Kael Welch Sagheer
Institute for Holocaust Education

Yolima Rey Rosas, Columbia


Borders and Identity

Moises Park
Baylor University

Tuesday, November 15




Crossing the Line from Developing to Developed: Research and Innovation for Economically Poor Countries

Mahabir Pun, Nepal
National Innovation Center

Panel: Responding to Migration/Refugees on the Local Level

Ita Mendoza
Title 1 Part C Migrant Education Program

Zeitife Obi
Lutheran Family Services

Sonia Nazario


Korean Hispanophones in Social Media

Moises Park

Green Diplomacy

Darja Ferlez, Slovenia
Republic of Slovenia

“Crossing the Line” Art Exhibit

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Crossing the Line Exhibition is organized under the aegis of the UNK’s World Affairs Conference 2022. It showcases the work of the artists displaced by the turbulent historical events, including the current Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

The exhibition features the work of 6 immigrant artists currently residing in the USA, prints from the group of students and professors from the Wroclaw Art Academy in Poland, and photographs created by the Mykolaiv Young Photographer’s group (MYPH) from Mykolaiv, Ukraine.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of lectures/presentations explaining the themes and techniques used in the show.

The Exhibit will be in the Walker Art Gallery from November 10th-December 15th—Open 8-4:30 daily

Guided tours will be available during the World Affairs conference on Monday November 14th 10:30-11:30 AM and 1:00-2:30 PM

Posters will be available for purchase for $10. at the World Affairs Conference, with proceeds benefiting a Ukrainian charity. Reserve your poster today!


Fairfield Inn and SuitesFairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

510 Talmadge Road
Kearney, NE  68845


You will find their newly remodeled hotel to be in a perfect location with access to I80 and an easy 10-minute drive to the University of Nebraska at Kearney Campus where the World Affairs Conference is being held.