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Missouri State University will be the center of cultural topics next week at the Third Annual Public Affairs Conference.
KSMU's Christy Hendricks reports on what topics speakers from around the world will talk about.
Speakers from around the world will be in Springfield next week for Missouri State University's Third Annual Public Affairs Conference.
Ken Rutherford is the chair of the conference this year.
He says the theme "One World, Many Voices" will focus on expanding the university's public affairs mission globally.
Thirty-five speakers from around the world will talk about economics, religion, education, entertainment and other areas.
Rutherford says he expects more people to attend this year's conference because it's expanded from three days to four.
The past two years averaged around two-thousand in attendance.
Ken Rutherford says a new feature this year will bring in nearly 500 high school students to hear from the co-founder of MTV and VH1.
Missouri State University students say the conference is a good way to open dialogue and learn about different cultures.
Sarah Skelton is a senior theater performance major.
She says hearing different opinions from people who live in other countries helps students expand their knowledge of the world.
Dan Craig is a freshman majoring in history and education.
He says some of his teachers have offered extra credit for attending conference sessions, but says students should be interested in global issues anyway.
Ken Rutherford, the chair of the Public Affair Conference, says at least one subject from the wide variety of topics should catch the interest of everyone.
The Third Annual Public Affairs Conference begins Tuesday, April 17th and ends Friday, April 20th.
All sessions are free and open to the public.
For a complete schedule of events visit www.missouristate.edu and click on the Public Affairs Conference banner.