Beyond Study Abroad: Global Citizenship and Cross-Cultural Engagement

A Fall 2014 Public Seminar Series

BTC students volunteering at a CASA de Maryland DACA Clinic

Students often hear about the benefits of study abroad and the importance of becoming a "global citizen" and serving as a "citizen diplomat" in order to contribute positively to 21st Century society-- but what does global citizenship look like, how does study abroad contribute to it, and who is excluded from traditional models of citizen diplomacy and global citizenship development?

This seminar series examines how global citizenship is developed through study abroad and other forms of cultural exchange, and considers the relationship between developing students' global citizenship and students' power to effect positive social change.

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm (Meredith Collier, 1102 SCC Seminar Room)

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Check this page regularly for schedule updates! Click the links below to go to each event's Facebook page for more information.

September 10:

Guest Talk: Border Crossings and American DREAMers: Understanding the 2014 Border Crisis and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) - a talk by Elizabeth Clark, Legal Program Assistant, CASA de Maryland

September 17:

Guest Talk: Language Building Blocks for Engaging (Border) Children and Families - a talk by Dr. Anita Pandey, Professor of Linguistics, Morgan State University; Author, "Language Building Blocks"

September 24:

Guest Talk: Addressing Legal, Social & Language Obstacles Facing Low-Income Immigrants - a talk by Sarah Block, Program Initiatives Coordinator, Ayuda

October 1:

Guest Talk: Global Citizenship & the 21st Century “Disconnectivity Paradox”: Fostering Human Connectedness in a Digitally Distracted World - a talk by Kate Otto, Founder & Director, and Audrey del Rosario, Brand Strategist, Everyday Ambassador

October 8:

Guest Talk: Impact & International Exchange: “How do we know if we’re making a difference?” - a talk by Robert Fenstermacher, President & CEO, Cultural Vistas

October 15:

Guest Talk: “Foreign Influence” & Security Clearance: Issues for Students Seeking Global Experience & U.S. Government Careers - a talk by Dr. Katherine Worboys Izsak, Associate Director for Education, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism & Responses to Terrorism (START)

Thursday, October 23 (SPECIAL DATE!):

Guest Talk: Interfaith Engagement for Global Peace: Navigating Commonalities & Differences - a talk by Dr. Jing Lin, Professor of International Education Policy, University of Maryland, College Park

October 29:

Panel Discussion: The Peace Corps Experience - reflections by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

November 5:

Guest Talk: International Development Through International Education: Lessons from the USAID Scholarship Program PRESTASI II for Indonesian Professionals - a talk by Rachael Fellabaum, Program Officer for International Development & Operations, Institute of International Education

November 12:

Guest Talk: “Working World”: Careers in International Education, Exchange & Development - a talk by Dr. Sherry Lee Mueller, President Emeritus, Global Ties U.S. (Formerly National Council of International Visitors); Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, American University, School of International Service

November 19:

International Education Week Panel: Cultivating "Global Competencies" in UMD Students - a panel discussion by Directors of UMD global programs

December 3:

Panel Discussion: Student Voices: Personal Stories of Crossing Borders - a panel discussion by UMD students & international students at UMD

December 10:

Special Event: Proposals for Meaningful, Mindful, Impactful Student Exchange for Social Change - Proposals for Meaningful, Mindful, Impactful Student Exchange for Social Change by UMD students