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Ricky Gettys Ricky is currently an international relations major at BYU, living in Provo. He conducted ethnographic research in Thailand on business development and ethics and was a facilitator for the BYU anthropology field school to Vietnam last summer, conducting research on integration of minorities into the state. Ricky teaches the culture and language class [...]

A Mile in Another’s Shoes—The Value of Perspective

Developing a Global Mindset through Foreign Language and Cultural Immersion An American negotiating team arrives in Riyadh. They are sure their proposal will be a big hit with the Saudi negotiating team. Their talking points are ready, and they feel they should have the whole thing sewn up by evening.  However, their best-laid plans [...]

BYU and Beyond

Lisbeth Hopper is the accountant for BYU Title VI CIBE, in the Whitmore Global Management Center. Hopper's experience includes twenty years in commercial banking and finance with responsibilities in portfolio management, commercial underwriting, compliance, and personnel management and development. She is a native of Denmark and fluent in Scandinavian languages, president of the Danish Rebild [...]

Luncheon with Assistant LDS Church Historian Richard E. Turley, Jr.

Assistant Church Historian Richard E. Turley, Jr. will speak at the Milton A. Barlow Center in Washington D.C., on Tuesday, 28 July at noon. A light lunch will be served. There is no cost for this event. This event is sponsored by the DC Law Society Chapter, and LDS International Society members are invited to [...]

Religious Freedom Annual Review: Fairness for All

BYU International Center for Law and Religion Studies will hold their annual conference Monday, 6–Wednesday, 8 July. The Annual Review will provide an up-to-date review for lawyers and nonlawyers on religious freedom challenges in the United States and around the world. In both workshop and lecture settings, the BYU International Center for Law and Religion [...]

State of Education in Africa

Innovative Approaches to Africa's Education Wednesday, 2 September 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Join us for Africa-America Institute's Second Annual State of Education in Africa conference ( at the Ford Foundation offices in Lagos, Nigeria. The conference will bring together educators and innovators from across Africa to evaluate the progress of education at all levels and highlight [...]

Coast to Coast New Members

Ray Graham is a retired professor of linguistics at BYU. Graham and his wife Bobbe are currently working in the Development Department of the Provo MTC, where they are helping create online language learning resources for missionaries. Phillip J. Bryson retired from BYU and he and his wife Pat currently reside in the Dallas area [...]

Refugee Assistance and Resettlement Conference

AMAR U.S. and LDS Charities invite you to "From Conflict Zones to Our Communities Best Practices for Refugee Assistance and Resettlement." A one-day conference targeted to government and academic institutions, NGO practitioners, faith-based organizations, members of the community, and all who are concerned about or wanting to participate in practical service provision to refugees. Participants [...]

Expert tracks the top 10 ups and downs of Mormon growth

By PEGGY FLETCHER STACK | The Salt Lake Tribune Religious demographers one day may view 2014 as the year that some trends in LDS growth — or the lack of it — were reversed. Or at least a year of surprises, says Matt Martinich, a Colorado researcher who tracks Mormon statistics. "No one was expecting [...]

Houston Conference

Dolores Austin is a new International Society member and will be a presenter at the Families Learning Summit for the National Center for Families Learning conference, 16-18 March 2015. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Houston, Texas. Her presentation is entitled "Reaching the 'One' with Technology in the Family Literacy Classroom."