Teachers, scholars, professors and professionals from more than 30 nations will meet in Rome, Italy, 28-30 November 2012, to discuss this year's theme on "Learning and Living Around the World: New Perspectives for New Challenges."
Each year the congress attracts about 100 persons from more than three dozen countries. The major focus of the upcoming meeting will be on new practices that create and develop a multicultural approach to learning and living. There will be a welcome and keynote address on the afternoon of 28 November, followed by two full days of sessions and panels on 29-30 November.
Approximately 55 individual presentations will be scheduled for the 11th Annual Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture. To submit an abstract or to participate, please see the Registration page for complete details. The deadline for consideration of all abstracts is 25 June 2012.
Subjects for 2012 will include all disciplines on multiple levels and platforms, such as:
- Discovering Cultures
- ESL Skills and Cross-Translation
- The Internet and Social Media
- Film, Theatre and Entertainment
- Teaching and Learning Abroad
- Religions and Regions
- Communicating Here and There
- Global Entrepreneurship and Leadership
- The Sciences in the 21st Century
- Liberal Arts and Technology
- Intercultural Texts and Contexts
- New Frameworks for Pedagogy
- Foreign Affairs and Practices
- International Agendas
In addition, there will be roundtable sessions on two timely topics:
“Global Education Sounds Great, But What Does It Mean?" -- A lively discussion on the many diverse meanings and definitions of global education.
“Creating an International Experience Without Going Anywhere" -- Ideas and methods for replicating a multicultural experience without traveling to another country.
The cost of registration is $280 USD per person, which includes all registration materials, two receptions, coffee breaks, opening dinner banquet and two full buffet lunches.
Sessions will be conducted at the Trilussa Palace Hotel, a four-star deluxe facility in the Trastevere district of Rome. Discounted lodging is available at the host hotel and at other nearby locations.
Two full scholarships will be available this year to help scholars from developing nations attend the Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture. Applicants must indicate their interest in receiving a scholarship when sending the abstract.
In 2002, the Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture hosted its first meeting at John Cabot University in Rome. With a focus on improving education throughout the world, 30 professors from five countries met to exchange ideas and perspectives on diverse methods of education. Since that time, the Worldwide Forum has grown to include dozens of scholars and professionals representing 28 nations.
Two years ago, the Worldwide Forum released its first volume of work under the title Education Landscapes in the 21st Century: Cross-Cultural Challenges and Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives. This 450-page book, which contains highlights from the first six years of the organization’s proceedings, was published by Cambridge Scholars Press in the United Kingdom. A second volume was published early last year.
Bruce C. Swaffield, Ph.D.
School of Communication and the Arts
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA, USA 23464
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