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Discussions Without Borders: Westward from the Balkans

Discussions Without Borders forum series at the University of Georgia returns with “Westward from the Balkans: From Growing Up in Serbia to Taking on the World”

ATHENS, Ga. — International scholar Debora Santo will lead the second Discussions without Borders forum at the University of Georgia with a talk describing her perspective of Western Europe and the United States as a Serbian scholar. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Feb. 28, 6-7 p.m., in the main conference room of the International Education building. Refreshments will be provided.

“I would like to share what it’s like to grow up in the Balkans and then meet the rest of the world,” Santo says. She will compare life and culture in Serbia with those of Italy, France, and the United States, and discuss her experiences as a global-minded international student.

Debora Santo was born and raised in Serbia, a stimulating multiethnic country, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in molecular biology. Santo says her passion has always been zoology, and some of her research focused on ants and bees — two examples of insects living in complexly regulated societies. During her studies, she was actively involved in biological research, zoology, work with nongovernmental organizations, environmental activism, sports and music. In 2014, Santo began her doctoral studies in plant genetics at the University of Marche in Ancona, Italy, and interned at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research in Montpellier, France. She relocated to Athens, Georgia, in January 2017 to finish her research on the evolutionary processes of domestication in the common bean.

About Discussions Without Borders
Discussions Without Borders is a monthly discussion series open to students, faculty, staff, and families that encourages attendees to learn something new about our world and our international community at UGA. International students and scholars conduct presentations with cross-cultural topics, followed by thoughtful discussion. Speakers come from all disciplines and any country, and anyone interested in presenting a topic may apply for a presentation slot. Discussions Without Borders is hosted by Immigration Services in the Office of International Education.