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UGA forum to focus on efforts to globalize the curriculum April 1-2

UGA forum to focus on efforts to globalize the curriculum April 1-2

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia faculty across multiple disciplines, including associate provosts, associate deans and directors, will discuss their efforts related to globalizing the curriculum during the 2010 UGA Global Educational Forum on Culture, Research and Teaching, April 1-2 at the Tate Student Center.

The forum will highlight UGA’s commitment to international education and diversity, identify networks and activities that promote campus-wide cross-curricular integration and offer faculty a way to communicate their research and teaching scholarship. 

It will also provide students with an opportunity to communicate their dissertation studies, theses or independent studies that focus on global research as well as study abroad service and outreach activities.

Faculty presentations will be made on Thursday, April 1 from 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. in Grand Hall A, B and C. The first day of the forum will close with a cultural performance of Incatepec-Latin American music from 4-6 p.m. Student poster presentations will be on Friday, April 2 from 1-2:15 p.m. in the Reception Hall. The closing keynote speaker, Deborah Gonzalez, associate vice president for academic affairs, engagement and international education at Georgia Perimeter College, will speak from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Gonzalez will discuss “Globalizing the Curriculum: Trends, Driving Forces, Cross Cultural Exchanges.” The conference will close with a Samba Diallo-African drum and dance presentation from 4-6 p.m.

The 2010 UGA Global Educational Forum on Culture, Research and Teaching will include these scholars and topics:

  • Kavita Pandit, associate provost, Office of International Affairs/Education, Advancing UGA’s Internationalization;
  • Cheryl Dozier, associate provost, Office of Institutional Diversity, Connecting Local and Global Diversity Through Mentorship, Recognition, and Curricular Changes;
  • Robert Galen, senior associate dean, College of Public Health, Global Health is Public Health;
  • Ron Cervero, associate dean, College of Education, Engaging the Global Community Through Education;
  • Glenn Ames, director, Office of International Special Projects, Globalization and Extension Faculty Involvement in a Cross-Cultural Studies Program;
  • Shannon Wilder, director, Office of Service Learning, Global Service Learning at UGA;
  • William Kisaalita, biological and agricultural engineering, Guiding Axioms for Deploying Sustainable Technology-Driven Solutions at the Bottom of the Economic Pyramid;
  • Kam Ming Wong, comparative literature, ‘Save the Children:’ Filmic Responses to a Madman’s Call;
  • Fausto Sarmiento, geography, Curricular Imperative: Treeline Dynamics in the Andes Revisited – Examples from Ecuador, Argentina and Chile; and
  • Richard Watson, Terry College of Business, Global Text Project for Students in the Developing World.

The UGA Global Educational Forum on Culture, Research and Teaching is sponsored by The President’s Venture Fund, the UGA African Studies Institute, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, the College of Education Dean’s Office, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, the department of kinesiology, the Institute for African American Studies, the Institute for Women’s Studies, the Office of Institutional Diversity and the Office of International Education.

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