CLEMSON ­– Current and former Clemson University students will share their experiences abroad at the first Global Symposium Saturday at the Madren Center. Attendees will be encouraged to take a stand on global engagement.

At the symposium, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., participants will have the opportunity to attend up to six sessions out of more than 30 being offered. Topics will include service activities overseas, research experiences, internships and academic programs. They also will hear from speakers and participate in roundtable discussions.

The symposium will begin with keynote speaker Ken Addison, a quaternary scientist from the University of Oxford who focuses on climate change within the past 125,000 years. Using his background in these fields, Addison’s address will discuss the global risk of climate change.

“We feel this event is very important for the Clemson community,” said Marty Duckenfield, a member of the symposium planning committee. “As a university, we are preparing students for life as global citizens, and as they engage with other cultures here and abroad, they come to understand our common challenges and aspirations.

“The current and former students who have had such experiences have found them life-altering and want to share their enthusiasm and expertise with others,” said Duckenfield.

This initiative was introduced by alumni of the Honors College who studied abroad at St. Peter’s College of the University of Oxford as part of the Christopher J. Duckenfield Scholars Program. Those involved hope to make the symposium an annual event.

Clemson University Broadcast Productions will film 22 of the presentations, as well as the keynote sessions, to be shared online at ClemsonTV after the symposium.

This event is part of Clemson University’s partnership with Upstate International Month, which aims at increasing awareness of the diverse cultures found in the upstate.

Further information about this event can be found on the Upstate International website.