October 9, 2012 - Harrogate, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will host World School International Forum 2012, a 12-day educational and cultural event that will bring students and educators from around the globe to LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., October 22-November 3.

“LMU is enthusiastically awaiting the arrival of our international guests,” LMU President B. James Dawson said. “We are looking forward to this event raising awareness of multiculturalism, diversity and international collaboration initiatives for all in the LMU community and beyond.”

The World School Committee at LMU has been preparing for the event for over a year. High school-aged students and educators from 21 different countries and regions will participate in activities surrounding the educational theme of Environment: Housing and Volunteerism, a topic of great interest to young people internationally. The Forum will feature on-campus activities including guest speakers, exhibits, professional development workshops for teachers, student presentations and debates. The group will also take an excursion to Washington, D.C.

J. Frank White Academy (JFWA) students Cara Mackie, Trevor Wiley and Luke Thompson will represent the United States at the forum along with teacher Delaina Rhodes. JFWA, LMU’s college preparatory academy serving grades 5-12, will also be very involved in other activities throughout the forum including a collaborative art project that will be displayed at LMU for years to come.

The World School organization includes schools from five continents and more than twenty countries. LMU is one of the original member institutions and has participated since the program’s founding in 1997. The annual World School Forum is held on the campus of a different partner school each October. LMU hosted the forum in 2002, the first year it was hosted outside of Japan.

The World School organization was founded in 1997 by Masaki Mastudaira, the former Chairman and present advisor to the board of trustees at Kanto International Senior High School in Tokyo, Japan. From 1997 to 2001 the Forum was held in Tokyo, hosted by its founding institution, Kanto International Senior High School. Building on the success of the first five years of World School Forum, the organization has extended its mission to other countries during the last decade. A different member school hosts the Forum every other year, with the event returning to Japan in alternate years. Recent host countries have included South Korea, Australia and Italy.

The mission of World School is to create a truly borderless entity for the purpose of helping the participants create their image of an ideal educational program. The program is designed to train students to adopt a global perspective by becoming receptive to differences and to enable them to form lasting friendships. It will also prepare them to excel in a globalized society.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

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