The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) and Asian Languages and Cultures, along with the University of Washington’s Center for Global Studies, and Madison College’s Center for International Education are pleased to announce our annual workshop for community, technical, and two-year college instructors: “Behind the Headlines: Nation, Ethnicity, Identity, and Exclusion – The Plight of Minorities in Asia.”
This interactive, two-day workshop will be moderated by Chey Davis, Associate Professor of English at Delta College in Michigan. Highlights of the event will include lectures and discussions led by experts in the field, as well as ample time for networking and brainstorming with colleagues.
Mustafa Aksu, graduate student at Indiana University, will speak about China’s Uyghurs.
Amanda Flaim, Asian Studies professor at James Madison University, will speak about the highland people of Northern Thailand.
Cherif Correa, English instructor at Madison College, will speak about a study he and his colleagues have been doing that considers the gap between native English speakers and speakers of English as a second or third language. Linguistic barriers are among the problems facing ethnic minorities in this country. The ultimate goal of this study is to urge colleges to provide further assistance to students who face linguistic barriers by treating linguistic diversity the way we treat gender, race, ethnicity, etc.
WHEN: June 21-22
WHERE: Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 31
FINANCIAL AID: IRIS will cover the cost of hotel rooms for participants from outside of Dane County on a first-come, first-served basis. Some additional funds to help defray the cost of transportation from outside of Dane County may also be available.
For more information, please contact Nancy Heingartner at firstname.lastname@example.org; 608.265.6585.
The Institute for Regional and International Studies is coordinating this workshop using funds from its Title VI National Resource Center grant from the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office of the US Department of Education. This workshop is co-sponsored by UW-Madison’s Asian Languages and Cultures department, the Center for Global Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, and by Madison Area Technical College’s (Madison College) Center for International Education.
About the Madison – Community College Master Teacher Institute
The Madison – Community College Master Teacher Institute is a two-day workshop for community, technical, and two-year college instructors, aiming to provide participants with international frameworks for examining current global issues. Through exploration of these specific challenges, participants are encouraged to link the broader international framework to their local context through proposed course content and identification of hurtles and experiences that their students may be struggling to overcome themselves.
2017: “International Child Rights – Global Challenges and Local Implications.”
We lined up an outstanding roster of speakers, including some who have been involved with this topic on a global level for many years! Among other speakers were Jean M. Geran, Ph.D., Mark P. Lagon, Ph.D., and Felicity Sackville Northcott, Ph.D.
Jean M. Geran, Ph.D. – Jean Geran is on the leadership circle of the 4W Initiative (Women, Wellbeing, Wisconsin and the World) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and directs 4W’s pillar anti-trafficking project called Social Transformations to End Exploitation and Trafficking for Sex or STREETS. Dr. Geran has extensive foreign policy experience working on human rights, trafficking in persons, and child protection and founded a social enterprise called Each Inc. to provide capacity building and technology support to child care practitioners globally. She has been a Member of the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State responsible for issues including human rights, trafficking in persons, child protection, and refugee policy. She served as the Director for Democracy and Human Rights on the National Security Council, as Advisor on United Nations Reform and as an Abuse Prevention Officer on the U.S. Disaster Assistance Response Team in Iraq. She was the recipient of the 2006 Young Distinguished Alumni Award from UW-Madison.
Mark P. Lagon, Ph.D. – Mark Lagon is a thought leader and practitioner on human trafficking, human rights, global health, as well as global institutions and partnerships. He is Chief Policy Officer at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. He is also Centennial Fellow at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Previously, he was Executive Director and CEO of the leading anti-human trafficking nonprofit, Polaris Project. From 2007 to 2009, as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large, Lagon directed the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) at the U.S. Department of State. He chaired the Senior Policy Operating Group coordinating all U.S. agencies efforts to combat human trafficking domestically and internationally. He is co-editor with Anthony Clark Arend of the 2014 book, Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions and is also on the advisory board of ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) and the Center for Victims of Torture.
Felicity Sackville Northcott, Ph.D. – Felicity Northcott, Director of External Partnerships and International Services, comes to International Social Service-USA after 20 years at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Northcott holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Northcott has published numerous articles on international child welfare including: Pathways to Permanency: Supporting Cross-Border Family Findingand Engagement for Children in Foster Care; Family Finding and Engagement Beyond the Bench: Working Across International Borders; and The Role of Social Workers in International Legal Cooperation: Working Together to Serve the Best Interest of the Child. Dr. Northcott has expertise in a range of international child welfare treaties and issues including international adoption, international abduction, and international case management. She has trained hundreds of social workers, lawyers and judges on best practices in international family finding and engagement, how to access necessary resources for managing complex international child welfare cases and international laws and treaties that affect social work and legal practice in the United States.
2016: Human Rights, Social Justice, and Global Security – Addressing Inequality in an International Frame
In partnership with the Institute for Regional and International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Center for Global Studies co-sponsored this two day curriculum development workshop on international human rights, social justice, and global security. Participants actively engaged in lively discussions and informative presentations in a collaborative workshop setting to presenting curricula, classroom, and/or personal experiences. The workshop offered educators a collaborative space to network with peers interested in incorporating new information on international studies into their teaching and mentoring. Community, technical, and two-year college instructors from all disciplines, including the sciences, with all levels of experience working these elements into their curricula & professional development, could share their experiences. Guest presenters from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, regional colleges, and local practitioners facilitated the workshop.