Global Learning Colloquium: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Design

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Proposals

Rethinking Interdisciplinary Approaches to 21st Century Global Challenges

Thursday, May 31, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA

The world is constantly changing. Shifting demographics, climates, and politics create unprecedented global challenges. Opportunities to address these challenges require new ways of thinking and new ways of collaborating.

This colloquium will provide examples of innovative approaches to global problems; focusing on cross-cultural and global opportunities to engage students in interdisciplinary problem-solving through the lenses of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Design (STEAM’D). Experts guided exploration of ways to shift faculty and student mindsets towards global, interdisciplinary, and resilient approaches to the challenges of the 21st century.


Thursday, May 31
9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Welcome and Overview
9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Opening Presentation: The Importance of Cross-Disciplinary Global Learning to Address 21st Century Challenges
Katharine Hackett, Executive Director, Princeton Environmental Institute; Executive Director, Grand Challenges Program, Princeton University
10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Presentation: New Paradigms of Thinking, Collaborating and Designing for the Future

Facilitated Small Group Discussions: Applying new paradigms to your curriculum (Part I)

Benedetto Piccoli, PhD, Associate Provost for Research, Center for Computational & Integrative Biology; Distinguished Professor and Joseph and Loretta Lopez Chair, Mathematics, Rutgers University–Camden
10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Presentation & Panel Discussion: Integration of Resiliency across Curriculum

Facilitated Small Group Discussions: Shifting faculty from sustainability paradigm to resilience paradigm

  • Shaun Martin, Senior Director, Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – Presenter & Moderator
  • Neil Leary, Director, Center for Sustainability Education, Dickinson College
  • Mark Seifert, PhD, Dean of Academic Programs, The School for Field Studies
  • Katherine Bishop, Sessional Lecturer, Ecological Determinants of Health, University of Waterloo
12:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch  
1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Panel Presentation: Innovative Approaches to Integrating Global Learning into Curriculum
Facilitated Small Group Discussions: Applying new paradigms to your curriculum (Part II)
  • Schiro Withanachichi, Lecturer, Queens College, City University of New York (Global Learning Grant Recipient)
  • Barbara Leitherer, Professor of Mathematics, Community College of Baltimore County-Essex, Baltimore, MD
1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Presentation & Discussion: Need for Rethinking Interdisciplinary Approaches: Industry Perspectives
  • Danie Iacona, CAE, Senior Manager, International Relations and Board Operations, ABET
2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Conclusion: Summary and Next Steps
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. NAFSA Plenary Address

NAFSA thanks Rutgers University–Camden for its generous support of this event.

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