“The Future of Global Education”
Difficult Dialogues Spring 2013 Public Forum
Posted: February 6, 2013
Nancy Abelmann, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Richard Handler, University of Virginia.
February 13, 2013
7:00PM - 9:30PM
Santa Rita Suite
Texas Union, 3.502
Panel presentation followed by small group discussion.
This event is free and open to the public.
This event is presented by:
The Humanities Institute,
Center for East Asian Studies,
The Holloway Centennial Lectureship,
and the POSCO Korean Studies Endowment
This panel addresses the complex relationships that arise when educational aspirations and opportunities move into the global context. It features two university administrators involved in developing global initiatives on their campuses. Nancy Abelmann will explore the motivations and experiences of families and children participating in “an educational exodus” taking them from South Korea to the United States. Richard Handler, looking the other direction, will consider the tensions between disciplinary scholarship and U.S. students’ attraction to interdisciplinary studies, such as global development. He will examine student assumptions about development and about the interdisciplinary knowledge they think they need to understand it; outline a critical pedagogy to respond to student ideas about development; and sketch the cultural assumptions and bureaucratic structures that work to marginalize interdisciplinary programs. The presentations will be followed by discussion, in which students will be asked to share their own perspectives on global education.