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International and Transcultural Studies Workshop Series

This workshop series brings together students and faculty from the Department of International and Transcultural Studies (ITS), as well as from other universities, to discuss work in progress and to further develop our scholarly community. The scope of the Workshop is, by design, deliberately broad and inclusive, ranging from work on large-scale educational policy to the study of micro interactions in the classroom. Meetings are organized around one or a pair of presentations by faculty and graduate students (at all stages of study). The Workshop meets once a month during the fall and spring semesters, and it is organized by Professors Oren Pizmony-Levy and Garnett Russell.

ITS Workshop Speakers in 2013/2014:
  1. Professor Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Raisa Belyavina, and Emily Richardson "Teachers for the Marginalized: A Comparative Policy Perspective"
  2. Briana Ronan "Assembling Languages & Other Modes: Language Minority Students in around an Online Space"
  3. Katy De La Garza "Pedagogical Mentorship and Rural and Indigenous Education: Perspectives from Guatemalan Teachers"
  4. Nicolas Stahelin "States of Resistance: Public Schooling, Social Justice, and Critical Environmental Education in Rio de Janeiro Twenty Years after Eco ‘92"
  5. Professor Todd Beer (Lake Forest College) "The Interaction of the Local and the Global: Kenyan Environmental NGOs and Climate Change"
  6. Professor Paul Tarc (Western University in London, Canada) "The International Baccalaureate as a Window on ‘Globalization and Education’"
  7. Katja Brøgger Jensen (Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark) "Governing Through Standards: the Internationalization of Higher Education"
  8. Karen Velasquez "Language Education at Work: Latino Immigrants in Koreatown, NYC"
  9. Scott Freeman "The Projectification of Aid: How the Development Project Undermines Environmental Conservation in Haiti"

Students are encouraged to actively participate in the workshop and as a rule ask the first question to the speaker. An additional feature of the Workshop is to provide opportunities for professional development, including learning how to use a new software program, managing a dataset, or discussing a relevant topic for the field of International and Comparative Education. Past sessions have focused on Qualtrics, a web-based tool for building sophisticated surveys, and how to deliver effective academic presentations.