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TAMU-Q begins third Liberal Arts International Conference

Doha: Texas A&M at Qatar (TAMUQ) has begun its third annual Liberal Arts International Conference at Hamad Bin Khalifa Student Center in Education City. 
The forum ends tomorrow.
It is organised by Liberal Arts Program in collaboration with The Initiative in Professional Ethics (TIPE), an umbrella organisation for all ethics-related activities at TAMUQ.
The branch campus and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) are co-sponsors and Hamad Bin Khalifa University is co-host. 
“Texas A&M is recognised globally as a leader in engineering education and research,” said Dr Mark H Weichold, Dean and CEO, TAMUQ.
“Part of its success rests on its multidisciplinary approach, which includes a commitment to social sciences, arts and humanities. 
“Our Qatar campus is no exception. Our substantial social sciences, arts and humanities faculty include internationally recognised leaders in their fields and our students take a variety of these courses to complement their engineering courses. This is critical to creating future engineering leaders who are problem-solvers, innovative thinkers and effective communicators.”
Dr Troy Bickham, Chair, Liberal Arts Program, and Professor of History, said, “We are gratified by the large number of participating scholars in Qatar this year. 
“The conference is an opportunity for scholars in the country in social sciences, arts and humanities to engage with each other and colleagues from around the globe. This year, we have scholars from six continents and more than 20 countries coming to present research papers in a variety of fields.”
The theme this year is ‘Looking Forward, Looking Back: Transnational Perspectives on Globalisation’. The event will explore the impacts of globalisation from disciplinary lenses. It will feature lectures and panels for students, faculty and staff of educational institutions and research centres in Qatar. 
More than 70 delegates are attending. Dr Leslie Seawright, Conference Co-organiser and Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, said, “This year, we are welcoming participants who represent some of the most prestigious universities in the world such as Oxford University in the UK and Harvard University in the US.”
Opening day keynote speaker was Dr David Jolliffe, Professor and Brown Chair of English Literacy from University of Arkansas, US. His address ‘Global Corporate Decisions, Local Impacts and the Need for Economic Literacy’ launched the conference. 
Today, the forum features a keynote speech by Dr Michael Reksulak, Director, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities,  QNRF. 
Tomorrow, the keynote speaker is Dr Tim Winter, Professor and Research Chair of Cultural Heritage from Deakin University, Australia. He will give a talk on ‘Thermal Modernities and the Entangled Future of Air’.
Dr Nancy Small, Instructional Associate Professor of Liberal Arts, TAMUQ,  said, “Being interdisciplinary and transnational means that the conference is a gathering of scholars and rich in opportunity for inspiration and cross-pollination. 
“Anchored by keynotes from well-known speakers in a variety of disciplines, the conference will feature sessions that approach globalisation and its implications from interesting and compelling perspectives. The Peninsula
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