Friday, March 20, 2009

Shared Futures

Global Learning Forum, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Philadelphia

One interesting topic of discussion was the perceived divide between the institutional commitment to courses on diversity in comparison to those on global topics. It seems as if institutions find global courses to be more important than those on diversity, and as a result the global courses get better funding. This global/diversity divide reminds me of the global/local, male/female, public/private dichotomies.

Something else of interest that came up was the discussions about American students going to developing countries to assist people in various ways. How can this be done without reinforcing the perceived superior position of the United States?

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