Budrus is a find! It is one of those documentaries that needs to be talked about and it will leave you thinking about your role on as a bridge builder to peace for days. Why? Because it shares a story that is not commonly told: It documents a Palestinian village's non-violent response to a wall being built on their land by the Israelis. It is the winner of numerous awards and was called "A Must See Documentary" by The New York Times.
I recently presented on the subject of Short Term Study Abroad Program Planning: Top 5 Missteps with Cate Brubaker from Small Planet Studio. I am humbled that we received such kind feedback and a request for more on the subject. We aim to please, so developed the following new teleworkshop: Short-Term Study Abroad Crossroads: Where Planning Missteps Meet Cultural Blunders!
We forget to be creative with our education abroad marketing. Here is a free tool to beef up your creativity in this area...
The Oprah Winfrey show is winding up a legendary twenty-five year run in the United States. Today, she named Dr. Tererai Trent as her favorite all time guest. I wrote about Dr. Trent in this post and because she inspired me so deeply.
Jerejef to Katie Kreueger. Jerejef is a Wolof word for thank you. Wolof is a Senegalese language used by an ethnic group with the same name and it describes how I felt after reading Katie's book, "Give With Gratitude: Lessons Learned Listening to West Africa."
I'm still sorting through the myriad of wonderful films that I caught at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The Bengali Detective, by Phil Cox, is one that I particularly enjoyed and appreciated as a creative educational tool.
I have spoken with many people this past year who have not been able to afford to attend the national NAFSA conference in Vancouver, or the Forum on Education Abroad's gathering that recently took place in Boston.
Please join me and Cate Brubaker, PhD (from www.smallplanetstudio.com) for a free teleclass on "The Top 5 Missteps in Short-Term Study Abroad Programming." Cate is a talented cross-cultural trainer that I have been working with over the past few months - she, too, is a big believer in collaboration.
Steve Moore and I spoke about his perspective on the bin Laden killing and Steve's time in the FBI as a SWAT operator with sniper certification, Supervisor of Al-Quaeda investigations for the LA field office and as a case agent for bombing of the US consulate in Karachi.
The news is jaw dropping. It is raw, huge. It fills the room, the country, the world. Osama bin-Laden is dead. I wrote a blog post just a few days ago about teachable moments with the tenth anniversary of 9/11 in mind.