Dialogues & CIE Speaker Series

One of the hallmarks of the Center for International Education for almost 50 years has been the weekly Tuesday Dialogue of the entire community of students and faculty. The community gathers to share ideas, ask questions, debate issues, and to listen to presenters.  Sometimes the speaker is a distinguished development practitioner or well-known faculty member.  Sometimes the speaker is a CIE student or graduate who shares their work in development or recent research activity. In recent years CIE has hosted a speakers series where the larger community has been invited to join CIE for discussions.

 

 

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Midnight Traveler – A Film and a Dialogue

In March 2020, CIE sponsored a Movie Night in the College of Education featuring “Midnight Traveler,” a documentary film of the journey of an Afghan family fleeing from the Taliban and seeking asylum in Europe.  The film was followed by a panel discussion featuring three Afghan graduate students.

 

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Understanding and Addressing Trauma

CIE is working to include trauma-related skills and understanding into its portfolio of capabilities. Two recent presentations focused on the global issues of trans-generational trauma and on developing resiliency. Using a local-to-global lens, students reflected on how understanding trauma exposure and recovery in the USA could be the catalyst for exploring culturally sensitive, context specific healing approaches in other parts of the world.

 

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Developing Associate Degrees in Universities in Afghanistan and Indonesia

The 4th session of the CIE Fall 2019 Dialogue Series featured a discussion on developing Associate Degrees in Afghanistan and Indonesia.  Three speakers from CIE involved in projects to develop new degrees shared their experiences.

 

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“Build Bridges, Not Walls” – A UMass public art and engagement initiative to bring people together

At the 3rd CIE Fall 2019 Dialogue, Jacob Carter and Yi Sun led a dialogue about a UMass campus project called Building Bridges.  The project uses participatory art as a means of stimulating dialogue and building bridges across difference among groups on campus. 

 

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Digital Libraries for rural schools in Malawi and Kenya

At the second CIE fall 2019 dialogue, UMass Professor Charles M. Schweik described a model for digital sharing of library resources in remote African schools that he and a team of students had developed at UMass.

 

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Building the CIE campus community and links to CIE’s world-wide network

The first of CIE's fall 2019 dialogue series featured two CIE graduates who shared experiences from their careers – one in international contexts with Unicef, and one leading a local NGO that provides training for international groups. 

 

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A Global Challenge - Education in Crisis and Conflict-Affected Settings

  • Ash Hartwell and Kayla Boisvert discussed how accelerated education programs are seeking to address the global challenge faced by education to respond to the increasing numbers of refugees, displaced, and victimized children and youth around the world.

 

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Implementing new Business Associate Degree programs in Afghanistan

In the final instalment of the CIE Spring 2018 Speaker series, Matt Glennon, Lecturer in Marketing at the Isenberg School of Management, and Muhammad Iqbal Halimi, Master’s student in international education, presented a review of their work supporting the development and implementation of a new Business Associate Degree program in 3 partner universities in Afghanistan.

 

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Critical Health Literacy for Maternal and Child Health

The fourth in the Spring 2018 speaker series featured faculty members Chris Smith and Elena Carbone discussing critical helath literacy for mothers and women.

 

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Theories of Change for Education in Crisis and Conflict

For the third event in the Spring 2018 speakers series, CIE welcomed Dr. Ash Hartwell and doctoral student Jennifer Flemming who presented some of the work which their CIE-team has been doing with the Education in Crisis and Conflict Network (ECCN) during the last four years.

 

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