Friday, August 28, 2009
Here are two pictures of where we are going for the first half of our trip. Can you guess where we are going? Hint~we are loading up the minivan and heading out from Chicago tonight so it's relatively "close"! Leave a comment if you think you know where we are going. After you leave a comment click on the pictures for the answer!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Harry S. Truman, Letter to the Chairman, board of Foreign Scholarships, on the Fulbright Program, May 11, 1951.
“…the exchange of students…should be vastly expanded…Information and education are powerful forces in support of peace. Just as war begins in the minds of men, so does peace.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Remarks at ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the Smith-Mundt Act, January 27, 1958.
“I am delighted to sign the new Fulbright-Hays Act. This ceremony has historic significance because it marks full recognition by the Congress of the importance of a more comprehensive program of educational and cultural activities as a component of our foreign relations…”
John F. Kennedy, remarks upon signing the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act, September 21, 1961.
“…International education cannot be the work of one country. It is the responsibility and promise of all nations. It calls for free exchange and full collaboration…The knowledge of our citizens is one treasure which grows only when it is shared.”
Lyndon B. Johnson, message to Congress in February, 1966, on international education.
“This report…is largely devoted to an aspect of the program too often overlooked…the extraordinary…cooperation and assistance…from United States private groups…This private cooperation…gives the program its essential character and effectiveness…”
Richard M. Nixon, message to Congress, June 15, 1970.
“The spirit of seeking understanding through personal contact with people of other nations and other cultures deserves the respect and support of all.”
Gerald R. Ford, remarks to foreign exchange students, July 13, 1976.
“,,,I think one of the wonderful things about the program which you represent is its contribution to the barriers (of culture, events, religion, and ethics) having been broken down…”
Jimmy Carter, at Fulbright ceremony in Hungary in 1996.
“There is a flickering spark in us all which, if struck at just the right age…can light the rest of our lives, elevating our ideals, deepening our tolerance, and sharpening our appetite for knowledge about the rest of the world. Educational and cultural exchanges…provide a perfect opportunity for this precious spark to grow, making us more sensitive and wiser international citizens through our careers.”
Ronald Reagan, The White House, May 1982.
“International exchanges are not a great tide to sweep away all differences, but they will slowly wear away at the obstacles to peace as surely as water wears away a hard stone.”
George H.W. Bush, 1989.
“No one who has lived through the second half of the 20th century could possibly be blind to the enormous impact of exchange programs on the future of countries…”
Bill Clinton, May, 1993.
“…By studying foreign cultures and languages and living abroad, we gain a better understanding of the many similarities that we share and learn to respect our differences. The relationships that are formed between individuals from different countries, as part of international education programs and exchanges, can also foster goodwill that develops into vibrant, mutually beneficial partnerships among nations.”
George W. Bush, International Education Week 2001 Message, The White House, November 13, 2001.
“Simple exchanges can break down walls between us, for when people come together and speak to one another and share a common experience, then their common humanity is revealed. We are reminded that we're joined together by our pursuit of a life that's productive and purposeful, and when that happens mistrust begins to fade and our smaller differences no longer overshadow the things that we share. And that's where progress begins.”
Barack Obama, remarks at student roundtable in Istanbul, Turkey, April 7, 2009.
Quotes from Presidents Truman through Clinton were obtained directly from: U.S. Presidents on International Exchanges and the Fulbright Program, http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/fbright/presiden.htm, part of the Fulbright at Fifty website hosted by the National Humanities Center, http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Guide to Scholarships, Grants and Funding Sources in International Education and Other Disciplines (4th Ed.)
The following IHEC Blog entry is a guest post by my colleague Charles (Chuck) Gliozzo, Professor, Office of International Studies and Programs and Director Emeritus, Office of Study Abroad at Michigan State University, that originated as a message he sent to SECUSS-L:
I am delighted to inform you that the 4th edition of the GUIDE TO SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS AND FUNDING SOURCES IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION AND OTHER DISCIPLINES is now available. At 271 pages, the GUIDE features three sections:
* General Guides and Databases
* International Education and Study Abroad Resources
* 39 Discipline categories, including Business, Communication, Humanities, Internships, Medicine, Science and Technology, Women's Studies, and many more.
All sections include links to helpful websites and funding information that can lead to other multiple resource references.
The GUIDE is a collaborative project with International Studies and Programs and the MSU library. The GUIDE is based on the GRANTS and RELATED RESOURCES section located in the on-line version here.
A hard copy is priced at $27 including postage and handling. Student cost is $20 also including postage and handling. Discounts will be given for purchase of multiple copies.
To purchase a hard copy, please send a check payable to Michigan State University at the following address:
Attn: Charles Gliozzo
International Studies and Programs, Rm.209
Center for International Studies and Programs, Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
Many thanks for your continued interest and support of the MSU GUIDE, still going strong since 1995.
Cheers, Charles (Chuck) Gliozzo, Ph.D
Monday, August 24, 2009
- It's eye-opening: Travel as a Political Act starts with the premise that we can't begin to understand the world without experiencing it. Travel connects people to people, it helps us fit more productively into a shrinking world, and it inspires creative new solutions to persistent problems.
- It's personal: Through his own experiences, Rick explains how anyone can travel more thoughtfully — anywhere. And he shares a series of his field reports from Europe, Central America, and the Middle East to show how travel has shaped his politics and broadened his perspective.
- It's good for you: Americans who approach travel thoughtfully — as a political act — can have the time of their lives and come home with a better understanding of the interconnectedness of today's world and just how our nation fits in.
Rick Steves has also created a special forum for teachers and professors to access to discuss how Travel as a Political Act “can be used to inspire students to develop a global perspective” which you can access here. If you are a teacher or a professor and wish to bring the concept of travel as a political act into your classroom by using this book as a classroom resource, course text book or recommended reading for students then you should visit THIS webpage to get this special offer.
Some time ago I posted to IHEC Blog about Travel as a Political Act which you can read here.
You can read more about Rick Steves social activism including many articles on developing a global perspective through travel here.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
American students have been studying abroad and incorporating this experience as part of their education for centuries. The establishment of Harvard College in 1636, which was modeled after the residential colleges of Oxford, and the subsequent founding of the other colonial colleges began the great tradition of American higher education. Many colonists were concerned about the growing trend of American students studying in Europe even though important individuals such as Benjamin Franklin, who studied in London, and John Quincy Adams, who studied outside of Paris during the colonial period, were pursuing such opportunities. The numbers of Americans studying abroad during this time period were significant enough that several leading American figures such as Thomas Jefferson in 1785 and George Washington a mere ten years later in 1795 voiced their concerns and were highly critical of Americans studying overseas. Thomas Jefferson, in his scorn for sending American students to Europe, is quoted as saying, “an American coming to Europe for an education loses in his knowledge, in his morals, in his habits, and in his happiness.” The Georgia Legislature in 1785 even went as far as to enact a law that penalized young men who were educated abroad by considering these students as Aliens for a minimum of three years after returning home and were thus ineligible to hold a seat in the legislature or any other civil or military office in the state. The end of the American Revolution saw an expansion in the founding of colleges across the newly formed United States of America and the numbers of American students going to Europe to study continued to grow. The first American to earn a Ph.D. degree abroad was Edward Everett in 1817 at Gottingen in Germany. Everett later went on to serve as the President of Harvard from 1846 to 1849.
 The order of founding of the American colonial colleges: Harvard College (1636), William and Mary (1697), Yale College (1701), College of New Jersey which later became Princeton University (1746), King’s College which later became Columbia College (1754), College of Philadelphia which later became University of Pennsylvania (1755), College of Rhode Island which later became Brown University (1766), Queen’s College which later became Rutgers University (1766), and Dartmouth College (1769). Obtained from Robert A. McCaughey, Stand, Columbia: A History of Columbia University (New York: Columbia University Press, 2003) with various supporting tables online at <http://beatl.barnard.columbia.edu/stand_columbia/order-colonialcolleges.html>.
 Dietrich Goldschmidt, “Historical Interaction Between Higher Education in Germany and in the United States” in German and American Universities: Mutual Influences – Past and Present, Eds. Ulrich Teichler and Henry Wasser (Kassel, Wissenschaftliches Zentrum, 1992) 11-34.
 William W. Hoffa, A History of US Study Abroad: Beginnings to 1965 (Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Whitmore Printing, 2007), 25-28.
 Henry Schwaneger, “The Junior Year Abroad: Then, Now, and?” Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 3 no. 1 (Spring, 1970), 155.
 Robert H. Bremer, (Ed.). Children & Youth in America: A Documentary History (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1970). Book available via the Humanities & Social Sciences Net Online <http://www.h-net.org/~child/Bremner/TOC.htm>.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Some Posts on Study Abroad, Exchange Students, International Education and Citizen Diplomacy in the Twitterverse
@emmuhbeee: writing a five page thank you note to the study abroad office.
@ryanknapp: @JoshFeinberg A pro basketball team in Spain is offering a 10wk study abroad to LA for one lucky fan who buys season tickets.
@SunRaeShines: Off to see the gorgeous study abroad advisor, Marco about moving to Spain... Together
@MondoChallenge: @DavidComp Where do you plan to go? What about volunteering during your gap year with GapGuru! http://bit.ly/MFpwr
@DavidComp: Parliament of Australia, Senate Inquiry into the Welfare of International Students at http://tinyurl.com/pktmv4
@DavidComp: List of movies/TV shows where characters go abroad is growing quickly. Know any? Add your comment here http://tinyurl.com/ql4h9g
@MahaMojaddidi: Omg there's a fine exchange student at my house!
@crez104: Fez is hilarious! Fun fact: Fez stands for "Foreign exchange ztudent" (OK it's "student")
@KaylieeeRae: the gorgeous exchange student fron germany sits next to me.
@lanemoseley: If any of you have ideas on why international education is more important now than ever before, I'm taking calls.
@FulbrightSchlrs: International Education Administrator Awards are available to Japan, Korea and Germany. Visit http://www.cies.org/IEA/ for more information.
@planetecole: Citizen diplomacy at work: Quote from teacher friend on her training at Oregon State U. "Americans are kind, not like the movies at all."
@CitizenDiplomat: New US Center blog post: Three Fulbright Scholars from Ukraine/Russia looking for housing in the DC Area - http://bit.ly/mg5cz
As you can see, some posts are interesting, funny or informative. Think about how Twitter can benefit you! If you want to follow me on Twitter you can find me here.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Some bloggers and social media types may say that not posting as I regularly do (which is Monday to Friday) while I’m on vacation is a mistake and that if I planned better I could have enough messages prepared and scheduled to post while I’m out. IHEC Blog ranks #4 on my list of things that matter and is well behind family, job (University of Chicago), and researching for and writing of my dissertation so finding time to pull together multiple posts to have scheduled to post is very difficult.
Friday, August 14, 2009
The Fulbright at Fifty (1996) publication, which is now available in an abbreviated format on the National Humanities Center webpage, provides an interesting list of Fulbright alumni from both the United States and abroad who are/were national and international leaders. You can view this list of Fulbright alumni here. Please note that this list of Fulbright alumni is through the year 1996 and could use some updating to bring it up to date.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
- The Olsen twins
Passport to Paris (1999)
Winning London (2001)
When in Rome (2002)
- The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003) - middle school trip to Rome
- Beverly Hills 90210 Brenda and Donna go to Paris
It should be noted that the above list of Olsen Twins and Lizzie McGuire movies and the 90210 television show does not reflect my personal viewing habits. Well, Toot & Puddle are enjoyable to watch with my children! I simply heard a colleague mention these at a session during the recent NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference in LA.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
“enables doctoral students to embark on joint degrees which will considerably enhance their research and employment opportunities on an international scale. Unlike a number of other joint programmes, this MoU gives an over-arching framework for universities to create tailor-made programmes of study for each student, taking individual research needs into account and enabling collaboration with another of the network’s universities.”
This is certainly an interesting collaboration in higher education and one to watch!
Universitas 21 is an international network of 21 leading research-intensive universities in thirteen countries. You can learn more about Universitas 21 here.
Monday, August 10, 2009
“Designed especially for incoming freshmen, Princeton’s new Bridge Year Program allows you to defer your enrollment for a year while you serve the public good in another country. You’ll do challenging, meaningful work in a school, social service agency, clinic, or another community service organization. Your nine months of service will give you both an international perspective and a deep appreciation for the importance of serving society and the world. When you return, you’ll enter your first year at Princeton University with a wealth of experience and maturity.”
Best of all…the Bridge Year Program is tuition free! You can learn more about this program here. You can learn more about how Princeton is internationalizing campus here.
Friday, August 7, 2009
I want to thank Ruth Marie Sylte for making and posting my first and only video to YouTube! You can view Manitou Heights YouTube channel here.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I know that your time is precious and is primarily focused on the U.S. economy, our health care system and, perhaps most importantly, our engagement in two wars so I don’t want you to divert your time away from these important matters. When you do have a few spare moments it would be great to learn about your international education policy for the United States!
Towards the end of his Presidency, Bill Clinton issued a White House Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on April 19, 2000 with the subject: International Education Policy. The international education community here in the U.S. was excited to see their important work recognized by President Clinton in the form of an executive memorandum. To my knowledge, President Bush never issued a memorandum related to his international education policy during his two terms in office. We know you support and understand the importance of U.S. students and scholars studying/researching abroad as well as the importance of welcoming international students and scholars to our colleges and universities here in the U.S. It would be great if we could hear if you have an international education policy (and what that policy is) in a more formal manner!
Thank you in advance for your consideration,
Hyde Park, Chicago
P.S. You can learn more about and download President Clinton’s executive memorandum on his international education policy here.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
For those IHEC Blog readers looking for a solid and informative news source on higher education matters across the globe should subscribe to University World News (free subscription). Visit the University World News home page here to see the value in their work and you can subscribe here.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Not-So-Foreign: A Bulletin for International Education Professionals is published by Higher-Edge and you can access their past issues as well as subscribe for free here. I really like Not-So-Foreign and highly recommend you request a submission.
Additionally, Higher-Edge also publishes Overseas, Overwhelmed which, after a quick glance through their past issues, seems to be an additional resource that you can subscribe to for free. I just subscribed here.
As you can tell, this post really has less to do with the demise of CECN and more to do with the free publications of Higher-Edge!
Monday, August 3, 2009
What is of particular interest to me is that Peggy Pusch, Executive Director, Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research/Global Network, will be the opening plenary speaker and that R. Michael Paige, Professor of International and Intercultural Education at the University of Minnesota, will be the closing plenary speaker.
You can learn more about this excellent and moderately priced conference here.