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

Keynote Address
Thursday October 8, 2015 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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,” she 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.  

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