In its July 27-31, 2011 Annual Meeting, the Society for Values in Higher Education (an interdisciplinary association committed to promoting citizenship, socially responsible values, and intellectual exchange) is organizing three afternoons of working groups for scholars, teachers, and thinkers to address issues of immigration, globalization, and education from various perspectives.
Papers may address questions such as:
• Can we become a “Nation of Immigrants” that recognizes our hybrid identities and multiple cultural connections, that moves daily from the “familiar” to the “foreign,” from one linguistic mode to another?
• Can we develop an understanding of human migration without romanticizing immigrants of yesterday and problematizing those of today?
• How can we see immigration as a cultural process of reciprocal interpretation? Can academic cultures with roots in 18th century European Enlightenment ideals, 19th century progressive thought, and 20th century scientific development accommodate and value differing ways of knowing and learning?
• What strategies enable institutions to embrace bottom-up cosmopolitanism everyday cultural diversity and intellectual exchange?
• Can interdisciplinary teaching and research be a model for intercultural communication and learning?
• As multiple cultural values are negotiated across academic disciplines, can educators help students also negotiate conflicting cultural values among home, classroom, and campus life? How can the Internet and social media further cultural adaptations and exchanges?
Direct inquiries to Eric Bain-Selbo, Department Head, Philosophy and Religion, Western Kentucky University (firstname.lastname@example.org) Proposals should be sent as e-mail attachments to SVHE (email@example.com). Proposals should not exceed 1000 words in length. Review of proposals will begin on January 15, 2011. No proposals will be accepted after the deadline of May 15, 2011.
Each paper-presenting participant in a working group will receive a $200 registration fee waiver for the 2011 Fellows Meeting. The Program Committee of the SVHE will select two papers for special recognition at the meeting. To be eligible for an award, completed papers must be submitted by June 1, 2011 and authors must attend the SVHE meeting to present their papers. Each winning author will receive $300.
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