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Global Temple Conference to showcase international research, expertise

             

Hundreds of Temple faculty members, students and staff will gather on Main Campus next Thursday and Friday, Nov. 16 and 17, for an unprecedented Universitywide celebration of Temple’s international engagement.

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Dance professor and chair Kariamu Welsh's ensemble Kariamu & Company: Traditions will kick off the free "Global Temple Live!" performance on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Rock Hall. (Photo by Joseph V. Labolito / University Photography)

The Global Temple Conference, subtitled “Temple in the World/The World at Temple,” will feature 24 faculty-led panel discussions on vital international topics from Mexico’s elections to China’s economy; 10 poster sessions; music, dance and poetry performances; art exhibits; and film screenings. Faculty members and students from 12 of Temple’s schools and colleges will give presentations, as will faculty members from Temple University Japan. (Visit the Global Temple Conference Web site for a complete schedule.)

Temple President Ann Weaver Hart, a long-time advocate of internationalization in higher education, will open the conference with a keynote address on Nov. 16 at 4 p.m.

             

“The need to integrate international perspectives and experiences into learning has never been more urgent,” said President Hart, who is chair elect of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges’ Commission on International Programs. “To contribute as world citizens, to compete in the international marketplace and to be leaders in an increasingly complex world, our students need to think globally.”

             

The Global Temple Conference is being organized by the Faculty Senate’s International Programs Committee, which conceived of the conference a year and a half ago as a means of showcasing the breadth and quality of international research and expertise at Temple.

             

“There are significant international human resources at Temple, yet as an institution we had not been able to gather these fragmented resources into something meaningful,” said associate professor and chair of geography and urban studies Sanjoy Chakravorty, the conference’s co-chair along with Professor Brooke Harrington of the Tyler School of Art’s department of architecture. “Until we did the Global Temple Conference, I admit I didn’t know what many Temple faculty members were doing, and where they were doing it. For example, I didn’t know how much international public health work we did at Temple.”

To promote international learning and collaboration, the Faculty Senate’s International Programs Committee also has created a new online database of faculty international expertise at Temple, at www.temple.edu/studyabroad/appdev/expertise. In just two weeks, more than 100 faculty members have created entries.

All of the Global Temple Conference sessions are free and open to the public, and with the exception of the “Global Temple Live!” concert in Rock Hall on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m., all sessions will be held in the Howard Gittis Student Center.

“A number of Temple faculty are incorporating conference events into their syllabi and taking advantage of the wide range of offerings,” said Denise Connerty, director of Temple’s Office of International Programs. “We hope that other instructors will check out the conference schedule and encourage their classes to attend.”

 

Hillel J. Hoffmann

 

 


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