International studies students explore global citizenship
April 1, 2010 By Cindy Long
their work in the “Global Citizenship” exhibit inside Old Carnegie.
Centre president John Roush, along with several students, visited
the exhibit to view the many unique pieces of work on display.
The International Studies Senior Seminar students are displaying the results of their work in a first-ever “Global Citizenship” exhibit. Through posters, interactive media, audio tracks and other thought-provoking materials, the exhibit explores fascinating perspectives on the topic. Old Carnegie, which houses the Study Abroad office and the Office of Global Citizenship, will host the exhibit Thursday, April 1, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, April 2, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The project was the brainchild of Lori Hartmann-Mahmud, Frank B. and Virginia B. Hower Associate Professor of International Studies.
“The IST senior seminar usually focuses on a theme, and this spring I decided to really delve into the concept of global citizenship since it’s the central idea in Centre's strategic plan and is becoming more and more popular at all education levels,” Hartmann-Mahmud says.
“But global citizenship has become somewhat of a buzz word; I wanted to put some meat on the bones of the concept,” she continues. “The class was given the task of reading academic articles, thinking about the concept in an analytical way, then sharing their knowledge and discoveries with the community.”
“Visitors will experience an interactive exhibit,” says Sadie Allen, a senior from Dublin, Ohio. “Not only will they see posters describing theoretical concepts connected to global citizenship, they’ll hear recorded interviews, watch presentations and have a chance to add their own thoughts on the topic via a voice thread at the end of the exhibit.”
With the help of the Center of Teaching and Learning’s Candace Bonnett and Keeta Martin Holmes, the exhibit explores the question of whether or not people should think of themselves as global citizens, what obstacles exist to developing that perspective and ways to overcome those obstacles.
As Hartmann-Mahmud mentions, global citizenship is one of the key goals set forth by the College's strategic plan. Centre is a national leader in foreign study: more than 85 percent of Centre's students take advantage of study-abroad opportunities. The College's strong commitment to educating citizens of the world enable the College to become widely recognized among the nation's premier undergraduate experiences for global studies, through an array of curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular offerings, all including extensive study and work opportunities abroad.
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