June 19, 2021
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Choose your path!

Each day of the seminar, you have the opportunity to choose your path! Although we offer sessions all day long, you will NOT be on a computer from 9:00 A.M.. to 8:00 P.M. CDT. Mandatory meetings will take up 4-6 hours of your day. The rest of the time is still yours! Be sure to take note of which sessions are marked “mandatory/required” and which ones are “elective”. The elective sessions are where you can choose what you will get out of the seminar!

To help you set your agenda, we will provide a few suggestions for designing your path forward each day. We hope that you will find this helpful.


  • Mandatory/Required: Sessions marked as “mandatory” or “required” are essential parts of your experience and you must attend these sessions, if you are able. We will be recording our keynote speakers, breakout speakers and other sessions, so if you miss a mandatory or required session, be sure to check back afterwards for the video recording! If you anticipate a scheduling conflict with a mandatory or required session, please inform your assigned counselor/facilitator before the start of the session.
  • Elective: Sessions marked as “elective” are also essential, but you have a choice to make. You are still expected to attend these sessions, but you get to choose which part of the session you participate in.

Tips for designing today’s path

Today’s required sessions include:

  • Introductory Workshop (1 PM to 2:00 PM CDT)
  • Small Group Check-In (2:00 PM to 3:00 PM CDT)
  • Welcome & Keynote #1 (4:00 PM to 6:00 PM CDT)

Presentations & Lectures

1:00 pm CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Required Session

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Introductory Session

Dr. Kelly Ottman will provide an interactive session, allowing delegates to begin to learn each other’s stories and backgrounds.

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Dr. Ottman has provided material to preview before the start of this session. Click the image below to enlarge and view.

During this session, we will use a number of additional features, including:

  • Mentimeter – An interactive tool for real-time voting and poling; and,
  • Breakout rooms – During this session, delegates will be randomly divided into smaller groups. Remember your group letter/number, as this group will be your assigned small group for the remainder of the seminar week!
Dr. Kelly Ottman

Speaker Info

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2:00 pm CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Required Session

Zoom Session

Small Group Check-In

All delegates will check-in with their assigned small group for attendance and a brief icebreaker activity. This small group will be your home-base during your time with World Affairs Seminar.

Choose the small group you were divided into during the Introductory Session. If you did not attend the introductory session or do not remember your assignment, select one small group to stay with for the rest of the seminar week.

In this session, we will:

  • Take roll call,
  • Introduce ourselves,
  • Do an icebreaker,
  • Preview the week ahead.
Small Groups

Group A

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Facilitator: Sam

Meeting ID
853 8461 5138


Group B

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Facilitator: Asha

Meeting ID
823 5507 2787


Group C

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Facilitator: Gregg

Meeting ID
882 0450 4401


Group D

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Facilitator: Kelsey

Meeting ID
820 1203 2451


Group E

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Facilitator: Ben*

Meeting ID
829 0127 2257


* This individual session will be substitute facilitated by Mike Carriere, Academic Dean

4:00 pm CDT
  • 120 minutes
  • Required Session

Welcome & Keynote #1: “Creative Placemaking in the City”

Dr. Michael Carriere, Associate Professor, Director, University Scholars Program, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)

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