Global Education Forum

Presenter

The Global Education Forum (GEF) has two aims. First, we focus on identifying the most pressing issues in education globally, as reported by renowned experts from academia, public policy, government and the non-profit sector across the globe. Second, we examine whether and how undergraduate and graduate student education and training should change in order to prepare students to address these issues.

The GEF defines education broadly-including formal, informal, and experiential settings in schools and outside the classroom. We focus on traditional educational topics such as access, equity, and achievement, and also on education as it relates to such global concerns as public health, extremism, and the environment.

Each semester, the GEF hosts a panel discussion of 4-5 renowned experts in the field of education, broadly defined. The panelists are asked to share their expertise and opinions each in response to two questions:

  1. What do you think is the most pressing issue or challenge in education globally?
  2. What do universities need to do to prepare graduates to better address this issue or challenge?

Over time, the GEF aims to become a place where conventions are challenged and innovations are born.

2018 Global Education Forum

You are invited to attend the Global Education Forum on Thursday, February 15, 2018, 5-7pm on American University's East campus in Congressional Hall.

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Fall 2017 Panelists Free Speech vs Hate Speech?

Shafiqa Ahmadi

Shafiqa Ahmadi, JD, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Education at the Rossier School of Education and the Co-Director for the Center for Education, Identity, and Social Justice. She is an expert on diversity and legal protection of underrepresented students, including Muslims, bias and hate crimes, and sexual assault survivors. Prior to joining the Rossier faculty, she taught at the Gould School of Law and was a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Urban Education, at Rossier. She has also served as a Research Associate at the Research Institute at Rossier where she assisted with grant proposals and worked on a grant awarded by the Department of Education (DOE) designed to prevent and reduce on-campus sexual assault. Prior to joining USC Rossier, she worked for the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, where she investigated alleged violations of civil rights and discrimination in areas such as employment, housing, and access to state and state funded services.

Fatma Müge Göçek

Fatma Müge Göçek is a Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies. Her research focuses on the comparative analysis of history, politics and gender in the first and third worlds. She critically analyzes the impact of processes such as development, nationalism, religious movements and collective violence on minorities.

Chandan Gowda

Chandan Gowda teaches at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. His research interests include social theory, Indian normative traditions, caste, and Kannada literature and cinema. In addition to his academic publications, he has written for newspapers and published translations of Kannada fiction and non-fiction in English. He recently translated U R Ananthamurthy's story Bara (2016), and edited The Post Office of Abachooru, a book of translated short fictions of Purnachandra Tejasvi (forthcoming). He has also edited Theatres of Democracy: Selected Essays of Shiv Visvanathan (2016) and The Way I See It: A Gauri Lankesh Reader (2017). He writes a weekly column on culture and politics in Bangalore Mirror.

Past Forums

Conflict, Justice and Education

February 13, 2017

From post-conflict societies for which education plays an important role in transitional justice to debates about justice for victims of sexual assault on university campuses, justice underpins education across the globe. The Spring 2017 Global Education Forum brings together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners who will speak to the myriad of forms and meanings of justice in education. Drawing from their varied experiences and work in the United States and abroad, they will explore some of the most pressing educational issues today for which justice is paramount.

Migration and Education

October 17, 2016

Millions of people experience voluntary and involuntary migration within and between countries each year for reasons that range from the search for economic opportunities to the flight from warfare and violence. The educational needs of migrants-- and of the communities they move to-- represent one of the most pressing global challenges for education. We need strategies to ensure educational continuity in refugee camps, to equip schools whose sizes are rapidly growing from internal migration and urbanization, to provide adequate resources for teachers' dual language classrooms, and to create public education initiatives that could help reduce conflicts between host societies and arriving migrants.

Race and Education in the Global Context

February 23, 2016

Whether on campus or in the K-12 classroom, racial inequality remains one of the most pressing educational issues in the US and around the world. How do racial and ethnic disparities persist in educational access and outcomes? What strategies have proven effective at closing achievement gaps? What variations exist globally?

Internationalization of Higher Education

October 27, 2015

The Fall 2015 Forum presented an interactive panel discussion featuring renowned experts on internationalization and higher education. Panelists who work and conduct research comparing global aspects of higher education systems in Germany, the United States, and Canada will discuss pressing educational challenges related to the global impact of internationalization on higher education. They will respond to two questions: What do you believe is the most pressing issue or challenge related to this topic on a local, national or global scale? and what do universities need to do to prepare graduates to address this challenge?

Education and Extremism

March 19, 2015

The Spring 2015 Forum presented an interactive panel discussion featuring renowned experts on education and its role in confronting violent extremist groups and movements. Panelists who work and conduct research on extremist movements and developments in Greece, Germany, the United States, Sierra Leone and Liberia will discuss pressing educational challenges related to ideological and religious extremism.

Gender, Violence and Education

October 6, 2014

Gendered violence remains a persistent problem in educational settings throughout the world. View the Fall 2014 Global Education Forum video where an expert panel will discuss a range of settings where gendered violence persists and help strategize ways that we might all address these challenges.

Global Education Community

April 22, 2014

The Inaugural Global Education Forum focused on traditional educational topics, such as access, equity, and achievement, and also on education as it relates to such global concerns as public health, extremism, and the environment.