Category: International Education Conferences

Weeping Alongside Rep. Keith Ellison Today

Representative Keith Ellison, the US's first Muslim American elected to Congress, wept today as he shared the story of Mohammed Salman Habdani, a young Muslim-American who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11.

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Islam and the West: Clashing Beliefs or Common Values?

“Islam and the West: Clashing Beliefs or Common Values?” seeks to deconstruct both the Middle East’s and America’s conceptions of the “Other” by finding common ground to stand on. Samuel Huntington’s theory of the clash of civilizations has dominated our perceptions of the other side of the world, but we must ask ourselves, is it with good reason? Crossing Borders uses the shared experiences of four American and four Moroccan students to bridge the supposedly vast gap between the Muslim world and the West. During their journey through Morocco, these students find that they are not so different after all.

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IIE Best Practices Conference in New York City

The Institute of International Education recently announced that its 6th Annual IIE Best Practices in International Education Conference: "Lead your Campus to the Top: Best Practices in Internationalizing the Campus", will take place on March 18, 2011 in New York City. This event will cover many exciting keynote, plenary and session themes and will feature high-level experts, including presidents, provosts and international education administrators from institutions around the world. In addition, a special awards portion of the conference will honor the winners of the 2011 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton on Women and Girls

US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, made a surprise appearance at TED Women in Washington DC this past week. Her talk was about the role of women and girls in diplomacy, security and peace. (TED Women is an extension of the not for profit TED, which brings people together to share revolutionary ideas.)

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The 2010 Global Education Conference – FREE and online

The Global Education Conference is a week-long event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, will be held Monday, November 15 through Friday, November 19 (YES, probably while you're reading this - but don't worry; sessions will be available for viewing at a later date.)

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COIL Conference: Collaborative Online International Learning

Technology and the GlobeThis is an excellent opportunity for those of you who would like to learn more about using technology in an international educational setting.  This is a SUNY conference – SUNY is the State University of New York, the largest state educational system in the United States:

The SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) 3rd Conference titled:

Collaboration and Technology in International Online Learning Environments –Constructing a New Paradigm

March 31-April 1, 2011
SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St. New York, NY (USA)

This conference will provide a rich overview of the developing field of globally networked learning by bringing practitioners from SUNY and from around the world to share their experiences and innovative models with an audience of both SUNY and non-SUNY participants.

For many university campuses, broad internationalization of the curriculum is a goal that has been hard to achieve. However, since its inception in 2006, the SUNY COIL Center has been working directly with faculty to enhance their courses by embedding collaborations with international partners into their classrooms through online linkages.
The conference agenda includes sessions focused on the application of educational technology to internationalization and to globally networked learning – for faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, international programs staff, instructional technology staff and upper level university administrators.

Please join us for an engaging, and lively series of presentations and discussions on international online learning environments.  Space is limited; register early.

Here is additional information about the conference.

Register for the conference here:

Register Now (only 90 spaces available) :
EARLY BIRD!  (Before February 1, 2011)
SUNY – $145
Non-SUNY – $235

After February 1, 2011, registration costs will go up to:
SUNY $175
Non-SUNY $275

The COIL Center has arranged the special rate of $115/night at the four-star Holiday Inn Manhattan View, just one subway stop away in Long Island City. A link to this hotel can be found on the conference registration web site.
Special Note: To further facilitate the development of international course collaborations across the United States and abroad, The COIL Center will be offering in fall, 2011, an Institute on Globally Networked Learning, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. We will hold a special session at the conference giving an overview of the Institute, where we will provide guidance to applicants, as participation in the institute will be competitive. Applications will be due April 27, 2011.

Questions? Email Melanie Wilson at: [email protected]

“Crossing Borders” Film Screening Schedule in the US, Fall 2010

Here is a list of screenings of the award winning documentary "Crossing Borders" by Arnd Wachter for fall 2010.

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Funding Study Abroad: Upcoming Webinars

funding study abroadFunding is so often an issue – in life and in study abroad.  The good news is that there IS funding out there for study, research, internships and professional development.  The challenge is that many students (and faculty/administrators) find out about it too late to apply.

There are two organizations that are incredibly generous with their funding – and they will be offering webinars that you MUST put on your calendar.

1) NSEP Boren Awards

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security (broadly defined), and underrepresented in study abroad.  Note that students must be US citizens at the time of application. Click here for the list of their free webinars through January 2011.  These scholarships and fellowships are administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York City.

2) DAAD:  German Academic Exchange Service

I have written about DAAD several times on Melibee Global;  I was funded by them to visit Germany in 2009 and it was a wonderful opportunity.  This is a unique organization in that it also funds faculty and administrative staff travel also.  Their 2010 webinar dates are not listed on their own website yet – but here is the information:

DAAD Funding Opportunities for Study and Research in Germany
Covering funding for summer, semester, year-long and short-term study,
research and internships in Germany. All academic disciplines are eligible.
(General overview of DAAD funding)
Wednesday, September 22
12:00 – 1:15 pm EST
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DAAD Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students, Post-Docs and Faculty
Covering funding for graduate students, post-docs and faculty to conduct
short and long-term study, research and internships in Germany. All academic
disciplines are eligible.
Tuesday, September 28
2:00 – 3:15 pm EST
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DAAD Application Walk-Through
Addressing common questions about the application process, from the study
proposal to letters of invitation and everything in between.
Monday, October 4
2:00–3:00 pm EST
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DAAD Funding Opportunities for Study and Research in Germany
Covering funding for summer, semester, year-long and short-term study,
research and internships in Germany. All academic disciplines are eligible.
[General overview of DAAD funding]
Wednesday, October 13
2:00 – 3:15 pm EST
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