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UMW Professor to Participate in Global Symposium

September 18, 2019

Business Professor Christian Gilde will take part in the 2019 Salzburg Global Seminar from September 20-24.

Christian Gilde

The Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1947 which challenges current and future leaders to shape a better world. The program holds multiple events every year aiming to bridge divides, expand collaboration and transform systems.

The Seminar utilizes its worldwide network to bring people together to discuss topics as diverse as healthcare, education, culture, economics, geopolitics and philanthropy. Born just after World War II, the Seminar was started to create a constructive dialogue between America and European nations and has grown globally over the years.

Held throughout the year at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, the filming locations for scenes in the famous film “The Sound of Music,” the symposium selects attendees for the conference based on their submitted applications and relevancy in their field of study. Montana Western Chancellor Beth Weatherby, a former fellow of the Seminar, recommended the institution to Gilde.

The theme of this year’s September seminar is “The Changing Role of the Media in American Life and Culture.”

According to the Seminar’s website, academics and practitioners will explore how the news and media has developed an increased political role: “In addition to its traditional communications goal of informing and shaping domestic and worldwide understanding, the media has become a more active and significant institutional political part of an increasingly polarized America. What does the future hold?”

The program format includes an intensive four-day session that will feature thematic presentations and panel-led discussions by distinguished speakers and participants, as well as small in-depth discussion groups to maximize interaction with everyone present.

Professor Gilde hopes to bring his expertise in marketing and consumer behavior to contribute insight into how the internet and social media has changed the way we consume news and view politics. This will be Gilde’s third time attending the Salzburg Seminar and he is excited for the opportunity once again.

“The Salzburg Global Seminar is a place where minds collide and great things happen. I’m looking forward to the discussions, workshops and camaraderie at this historic and wonderful place,” said Gilde.

To learn more about the Salzburg Global Seminar, visit