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W&L Presents Mellon Colloquium on New Frontiers in Global Education

Washington and Lee University presents the Mellon Colloquium on New Frontiers in Global Education on March 23 – 24, with plenary speakers José Bowen and Bryan Alexander.

The event is free and open to the public, and registration is available online.

“The Colloquium is the culmination of activity under the grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that supported Washington and Lee’s global education efforts,” said Mark Rush, Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law and director of the Center for International Education.

“It is an opportunity to reflect on existing global education initiatives and inquire into challenges that arise as universities look to extend their classrooms to embrace the world. New Frontiers in Global Education will address a spectrum of issues including pedagogical differences across the globe, campus climate issues, legal challenges, athletes and study abroad, liberal education in an increasingly illiberal world, diversity and access to international education, and the acquisition and dissemination of global skills and competence.”

The Colloquium will be the inaugural meeting in what will become a regular event at Washington and Lee.

Jose-Bowen-portrait-Goucher-450x400 W&L Presents Mellon Colloquium on New Frontiers in Global EducationJose Bowen

Bowen is president of Goucher College. He began his teaching career at Stanford University as the director of jazz ensembles. He has written over 100 scholarly articles for various journals including the Journal of Musicology, the Journal of the Society for American Music and The Journal of Musicological Research.

Bowen has also been a pioneer in active learning and the use of technology in the classroom, including podcasts and online games, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today,”U.S. News and World Report and on NPR for his book “Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning” (2012).

Alexander is an internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry.

Bryan-Alexander-559x400 W&L Presents Mellon Colloquium on New Frontiers in Global EducationBryan Alexander

In 2013, Alexander launched a higher-ed consulting business, Bryan Alexander Consulting LLC. He also speaks widely and publishes frequently, with articles appearing in venues including The Atlantic Monthly and Inside Higher Ed.

He is currently writing Transforming the University in the Twenty-First Century: The Next Generation of Higher Education” for Johns Hopkins University Press (forthcoming, 2019). His two most recent books are “Gearing Up for Learning Beyond K-12” and “The New Digital Storytelling” (2nd ed.)

“What is taking place on the campus of Washington and Lee is what I believe to be a first,” said Dick Kuettner, director of W&L’s Global Discovery Laboratories. “This is not a normal conference or colloquium on international education. This a gathering designed to bring thinkers and doers together to better define just what global education is – global education where global could be termed all encompassing and of the world. We will want to find out what is good that has been thus far put to the test and continue to review and undertake new strategies in education. Global education is much more than the single element of study abroad. Much goes into it and can be acquired from it. That is to say that there is a lot taking place behind the scenes.”

The weekend’s full schedule is available online. The colloquium is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.