International Education in Times of Global Crises

Faculty Symposium Announced

On April 6, 2021, FIT's Office of International Programs (OIP) and the School of Liberal Arts are hosting a faculty-initiated symposium entitled International Education in Times of Global Crises: Reflections on Alternatives, Flexibility, and Resilience.

The global pandemic in 2020-2021 has left an enormous impact on all areas of education, including international education. In the area of international education, living and studying in another country became complicated and eventually prohibited after the COVID-19 outbreak. Professor Praveen Chaudhry (Social Sciences) and Professor Kyunghee Pyun (History of Art) cordially invite those concerned about the future of international education in times of global crises.

Chaudhry and Pyun worked with OIP and the Center for Excellence in Teaching to organize this virtual symposiumas an opportunity to discuss international education under the pandemic. Expert international educators have been invited to talk about confronting the pandemic’s negative impacts on international education through globalizing the curriculum, virtual international exchange, refugee education, and educating people in crises.

Speakers include:

  • Mary Lou Forward, Director, SUNY COIL Center
  • GianMario Besana, Associate Provost, DePaul University in Chicago
  • Celine Merheb, Senior Lecturer, American University of Beirut
  • Clare Overmann, Head of Higher Education Initiatives and External Affairs, Institute of International Education
  • Daniel Obst, President and CEO, AFS Intercultural Programs.