Twice a year, I have the opportunity, schedule permitting, to speak to a group of US students who are in Viet Nam for the semester under the auspices of the School for International Training's Vietnam - Culture, Social Change, and Development program. They come from a range of higher education institutions, mostly private liberal arts … Continue reading Recent Discussion with US Students – United by Viet Nam!
This is the title of an upcoming webinar that is the first in NAFSA's Academic Programs six-part Architecture for Global Learning - Series II. Here is a brief description: Many institutions integrate global learning into curricula and co-curricular programming with the goal of producing graduates capable of contributing solutions to global problems. However, institutional leaders, … Continue reading Global Learning in a Time of Increased Xenophobia and Extreme Nationalism
I will be participating in a session, along with Ryan Buck, Texas State University, and Lee Lambert, Pima Community College (AZ) on US nationalism as an obstacle to the development of global citizenship at the 2017 AIEA (Association of International Education Administrators) annual conference, which takes places from 19-22 February in Washington, D.C. Nationalism stands … Continue reading Dealing with the Elephant in the Room: US Nationalism
Nationalism stands in the way of creating global citizens, but it is the subject few involved in international education in the United States want to speak about. Follow this link to read my latest article published by University World News, entitled US nationalism – The elephant in the room. In a nutshell, it's about nationalism, … Continue reading US nationalism – The elephant in the room
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Excerpt from The New Colossus, a sonnet by American poet Emma Lazarus, 1883 It's rare that I write a post … Continue reading Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Well-Educated, Your Wealthy…
Over 500 posts and five (5) years of relative online freedom of speech after four (4) years of working for an employer that had a pre-approval policy for its employees' outside writing and speaking activities. Coincidentally (?), my first post on 16 November 2009 was about a book chapter I co-authored entitled “Developing Globally Competent … Continue reading Happy 5th Anniversary, An International Educator in Vietnam!
I was honored to be invited to give the keynote address at the recent annual Conference of Business Innovation, organized by the FPT Leadership Institute. First, a word about the parent company. FPT, Vietnam's leading technology company, was founded in 1988 as The Food Processing Technology Company. Its first contract was to provide computers for … Continue reading Keynote Address: “Intercultural Competence as a Cornerstone of Innovation”
Note: This HuffPo blog post is not related to Vietnam, at least directly, but is directly related to the field of international education, especially in the U.S. This image, captured in a Macy's Department Store, is a not-so-subtle appeal to American consumers' national pride (read nationalism) and respect for the military in a nation in which mindless … Continue reading When Nationalism and Militarism Become One
As the 4th of July approaches, I thought it would be a fitting time to share something I've noticed in my statistics: US nationalism frequently ranks among the top ten search engine terms that lead many people to my blog. By entering this term in Google, Yahoo or wherever, they're obviously interested in learning more about the topic. They're also on to something. … Continue reading US Nationalism
Last month, I was invited by a colleague from Augustana College (Illinois) to meet with a group of her students who were in Vietnam on a short-term study abroad program. The students had spent five weeks at Augustana, followed by another five weeks in southern, central and northern Vietnam. The website describes the program as follows: Vietnam is … Continue reading Talking Nationalism, Patriotism and Global Citizenship with US Students in Vietnam