Danubius University of Galati along with St. Mary's College of Maryland: The National Public Honors College,  California State University, San BernardinoUniversity of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignUniversity of Southern IndianaUniversity of RichmondUniversity of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of California MERCED,  Bryan UniversityBryan College, and Dynamic Experiential Learning  are pleased to invite you to the international conference opportunity in Galati, Romania.


The conference will be held in Galati, at the seat of "Danubius" University, during 13-15 September 2021




The conference theme is Two Democratic Societies in Transition: Exploring the Dynamics of a Post-Covid World, and it is specifically timed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century between Romania and the United States of America

Romania and the United States of America have enjoyed a formal diplomatic connection for over one hundred and forty years and the two nations reaffirmed the significance of their relationship with the signing of the Joint Declaration ten years ago.  Both countries endorse democratic forms of government and open economies, and they also have common membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which acknowledges their shared interests as military allies.  As they emerge from the pandemic, both Romania, a country with a relatively recent history of the democratically elected form of government, and the United States, which prides itself on its history of democratic governance and the orderly transfer of political power, will face significant economic, social, and environmental concerns.  However, recent events in the US have indicated that the commitment to democracy may be less deeply ingrained than observers had supposed.  Some of these topics, which transcend geographical borders, will be analyzed and discussed during this conference.  Experts from the academic, government, corporate and media sectors, from both Europe and America, will share their observations and insights with the audience, as will student participation from different nations.This conference also represents a symbolic exit from the pandemic as it is the first in-person gathering of academic colleagues since covid-19 affected all nations around the globe.  However, in order to achieve maximum opportunity for engagement, it will operate in a blended format that will also permit virtual participation.

The purpose of this International Conference is to provide a forum for exchange of ideas, research outcomes, business case and technical achievements.

The organizers are requesting original papers, previously unpublished, not currently under review by another conference or journal, and addressing state-of-the-art research and development in the following areas:

  1. Considering the Role of Higher Education in Facilitating Social Progress in Democratic Societies;
  2. The Role and Responsibilities of the Press and Policy Experts;
  3. Technology and the Future:  Prospects for America and Romania;
  4. Economic Recovery and Social Development in America and Romania;
  5. Healthcare in the Post-Covid World;
  6. Identifying and Reducing Gender Inequities: American and Romanian perspectives;
  7. Considerations of national identity and sub-group affiliation:  Examining Black Lives Matter in America and Roma Identity in Romania;
  8.  Democratic Societies. Prospects for America and Romania.



  • Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher, President Emeritus and University Professor at University of Richmond and Chair of the Board of the American Council on Education

Short Bio

Topic: The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Facilitating Social Progress in Democratic Societies 


  • Dr. Sorin Mihai Cîmpeanu, Minister of Education, Romania

Short Bio

Topic: The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Facilitating Social Progress in Democratic Societies

  • Dr. Rahn Kennedy Bailey, Kathleen and John Bricker Chair Professor and Head Department of Psychiatry and Assistant Dean of Diversity and Community Engagement at Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSUHSC) in New Orleans, Louisiana

Short Bio

Topic: How the World Community Can Recover from the Negative Mental Health Effects of the Pandemic


  • Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson, Professor and Co-Director, Multi-Interprofessional Center for Health Informatics, Texas. 

Short Bio

Topic: The Silent Killer: How the Epidemic of Misinformation and Low Health Literacy Affected the Response to COVID-19


Small interview


  • Dr. Walter R. Allen, Professor, Allan Murray Cartter Professor Of Higher Education, Distinguished Professor Education, Sociology and African American Studies, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

Short Bio

Topic: How the Black Lives Matter Movement impacted UCLA

  • Dr. Gloria D. Thomas, President of HERS (Higher Education Resource Services)

Short Bio

Topic: Intersectional Gender Inequities in U.S. Higher Education: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


  • Dr. László Borbély, State Counselor, Coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development, Romania

Short bio

Topic: Sustainable Post-Pandemic Recovery - the Solution to Combat Climate Change Effects

  • Dr. Oana Armeanu, University of Southern Indiana

Short bio

Topic: Political polarization, legitimacy, and rule of law] (in person)


  • Dr. Paul Sandeep, The U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, Romania

Short bio

  • Claudia Victoria Nicolae, Managing Director - AGERPRES

Short bio

Topic: Regardless of the Challenges of the Times, the News Agencies must remain the most Credible Sources of Information



  • Dr. Gelu Duminica, Executive Director of "Impreuna" Agency

Short bio

Topic: "If you don't behave accordingly, a Gypsy will come and steal you". The image of Roma in the Romanian society.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: English is the official language of the conference.


Preliminary Paper Submission: July 10th, 2021 on the website of the conference

Notification of acceptance: July 20th, 2021

Deadline for registration and for paying the conference fee: July 31st, 2021

2021 TDST International ConferenceSeptember 13-15th, 2021

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Conference fees are as follows:

For the participation at the event, with full access to the conference sessions, paper registration within the site and publication:

  • $650 -  payment after August 2nd 2021

For online participation at the event, with full access to the conference sessions:

  •  $200 -  payment after August 1st, 2021.

Six day package (10th-16th September 2021) for participation at the event, with full access to the Conference sections, with airline flights (round-trip on American Airlines from Washington DC, Dulles Airport or John F. Kennedy International Airport New York or Chicago O'Hare International Airport) to go and return, journey to Bucharest and Galati, transport, accommodations, and meals:

  • $3000 - for US academics;
  • $2500 - for US students.

Registrants are urged to pay the register and conference package fee as soon as possible, because Danubius University cannot guarantee that international airline ticket prices will not increase.  At present, we hope to be able to hold the costs at the current amount until at least July 31, and will endeavor to do so unless our travel agency informs us of the need to make an adjustment. 

Also, please be aware that we will require a copy of your US passport for flight booking purposes. Note the 6 months passport validity rule.  

If you have any questions or need to make special arrangements for payment, please contact: Dana Robu at danarobu@univ-danubius.ro, Tel.: +04 0733180176.

Payment details:

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For a successful online payment, you will receive an automated e-mail confirming the  payment.


Bank wire transfer to:
Account Holder: Danubius University of Galati
Address: Bd. Galati 3, 800654 Galati, Romania
Fiscal Code: 2676433
IBAN for LEI (Romanian currency) RO87 INGB 0010 0000 4170 8911
IBAN for Euro (EUR) RO36 INGB 0010 0000 4170 0711
Bank: ING Bank, Galati Branch.
Reference field: TDST 2021

Beneficiary: Universitatea Danubius Galati (Danubius University)           
Beneficiary account number for USD: RO97RNCB0141032886950009
Beneficiary Bank: BCR GALATI (Romanian Commercial Bank, Galati Branch)
Reference field: TDST 2021

Reimbursement Policy Disclaimer

  •  no reimbursement for the online participation fee;
For other type of fees:
  •  before August 31st - up to 50% reimbursement;
  •  after August 31st - no reimbursement.


In the event that Romanian public-health officials prohibit in-person participation on the dates the TDST conference has been scheduled to take place, all registration fees that have been received in that category will be reduced to the on-line registration fee that is applicable at that time.  
If  a refund is desired, the requests should be made in writing, and sent to the Financial Manager.         


If you have any questions or need to make special arrangements for payment, please contact: Dana Robu at danarobu@univ-danubius.ro, Tel.: +04 0733180176.

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