Conference Highlights: 2015 Global Learning in College

Thursday, October 8, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dawn Whitehead, Senior Director, Global Learning and Curricular Change, Office of Integrative Learning and the Global Commons—AAC&U 

Keynote Address
Seas of Many Islands: Navigating a New Framework for Global Learning

Hilary Kahn, Director, Center for the Study of Global Change and Assistant Dean for Strategic Collaborations, School of Global and International Studies—Indiana University–Bloomington

How does the concept of a sea of islands allow us to explore the complexity of global learning and the institutional contexts and pedagogies that support it in our classrooms and on our campuses?  Dr. Kahn will use the example of Pacific Studies to demonstrate how this metaphor offers a framework for global learning that challenges the categories, identities, and dichotomies that too often guide our thinking about the world. By borrowing from Epeli Hau'ofa's "Our Sea of Islands," Dr. Kahn will outline how global learning must strive to balance micro and macro dimensions of understanding, the general and the particular, and broad and anchored knowledge. She will also use this concept to show how global learning requires students and educators to think relationally, integrate a multiplicity of viewpoints, and learn and implement change through collective knowledge production. 

Thursday, October 8, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. 
Reception

Friday, October 9, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Poster Sessions and Continental Breakfast

Friday, October 9, 9:15– 10:15 a.m. 
                  
Morning Remarks and Introduction
Kathy Wolfe, Vice President, Office of Integrative Learning and the Global Commons—AAC&U 

Plenary Address
Infinite Possibilities in the Face of Intractable Problems: Living in the In-Between

L. Lee Knefelkamp, Professor Emerita—Teachers College, Columbia University and Senior Scholar—AAC&U

The great hope of intercultural communication is that we can resolve differences.  The great reality of the world is that many differences defy resolution. So how can we live in the in-between?  Dr. Knefelkamp will explore the kinds of knowledge and capacities that students need to navigate living in-between conflict and resolution and transcend historical legacies with understanding, insight, and agency for making the world a better place for all.

Friday, October 9, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
LEAP Challenge Forum

Creating Solutions for Our Future through Students' Signature Work

Teresa Raczek, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Charles Brummeler, Anthropology, class of 2016, and Staci Lusk, Anthropology Major—all of Kennesaw State University; Jim Zaffiro, Political Science-Global Sustainability, Jordan Langer, Political Science, class of 2015, and Andrew Harvey, Political Science and Economics, class of 2015—all of Central College

Moderator: Kathy Wolfe, Vice President, Office of Integrative Learning and the Global Commons—AAC&U 

As part of marking its Centennial Year, AAC&U launched the LEAP Challenge—the next stage in AAC&U's Liberal Education and America's Promise initiative designed to prepare students to do Signature Work—integrating and applying their learning to the unscripted challenges of our fast-changing global society.  How can we ensure that liberal education works at peak for all college students, whatever their background, educational goals, and intended careers?  This forum will showcase students' stories about the kinds of learning in college that matters to them and examine how institutions can foster programmatic, integrative, and scaffolded approaches to problem-based learning for all students.  Forum will begin with a light reception in the Panorama Ballroom Foyer.

AAC&U gratefully acknowledges the foundations that have provided support for our Centennial Year dialogues about Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative, and about The LEAP Challenge—Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Charles Engelhard Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and The Teagle Foundation.

Saturday, October 10, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Culminating Remarks and Introduction
Dawn Whitehead, Senior Director, Global Learning and Curricular Change—AAC&U 

Plenary Address
"Glocalizing" Your Campus: From Aspiration to Implementation

Karla L. Davis-Salazar, Director, Global Citizens Project and Associate Dean, Office of Undergraduate Studies—University of South Florida

How does a college or university community come together to successfully advance institutional global learning aspirations? Dr. Davis-Salazar will provide a big picture view of the process for infusing global learning into the undergraduate experience as well as practical steps for defining a shared set of learning outcomes, developing collective strategies that cross disconnected units, and integrating the curriculum and co-curriculum for meaningful and sustained impact. She will highlight the importance of understanding institutional contexts and working within existing structures and systems, while simultaneously forging new pathways that connect sites of global learning across and beyond campus. Having recently transitioned from an AAC&U-supported pilot project on global citizenship to a university-wide initiative, Dr. Davis-Salazar will share her perspective on the challenges, opportunities, and rewards of "campus glocalization."