From October 21 to November 20, 2013, SUNY Cortland was the host of the International Celebration Month. The Clark Center for International Education is the focal point for the International Celebration Month activities, but more than 20 different units on campus have organized events during this period. The events took the students, faculty, and community members on journeys to explore the Arab Spring in the Middle East, life in East Germany as portrayed in movies, Bollywood and South Korean music, gender studies in Ghana, life of a Guatemalan Mayan family, and potential international jobs. The Clark Center would like to thank all the participants, organizers, and sponsors of these events that show how valued international education is on the SUNY Cortland Campus.
As every year, the Clark Center for International Education has bestowed the Clark Center Internationalization Award to a member of our community that has done an impressive work to promote international education at SUNY Cortland and in the community. The 2013 recipient of the Clark Center Internationalization Award is Sharon Steadman, Professor of Anthropology in the Sociology/Anthropology Department at SUNY Cortland. Sharon Steadman is the Director of the Prehistoric Project at Cadir Hoyuk (a combined ethnographic and archaeological study in central Turkey) and one of the leaders of the World First Learning Community at SUNY Cortland. Until August 2013 she coordinated the International Studies Program and was the Interim Director of the Clark Center for International Education. Professor Steadman has worked tirelessly to promote internationalization and international education at SUNY Cortland. Below is a photo of Professor Steadman with the Internationalization Award received at the Closing Reception of the International Celebration Month 2013.
Alexandru Balas, Director of the Clark Center for International Education, Sharon Steadman, the recipient of the Clark Center Internationalization Award, and Mary Schlarb, Director of the International Programs Office
Clark Center's Council Member Marley Barduhn, Global Fellow @ SUNY Office of Global Affairs
November 21, 2013
The Clark Center for International Education would like to congratulate our Clark Center Council colleague, Dr. Marley Barduhn, who was invited to serve as a Global Fellow in the SUNY Office of Global Affairs. The scope of Marley's work as a Global Fellow will include: a) conducting a baseline system-wide assessment of globalization of teacher and educational leader preparation programs; b) creating a pre-conference or targeted session at the COIL Conference in NYC in March 2014; and c) exploring ways to enhance electronic means of communication focused on increasing global competence of faculty, staff, and students.
Luckily for SUNY Cortland, Marley will continue to be based at SUNY Cortland and will continue her current work on an education-related initiative between SUNY Cortland and the University of the West Indies.
Marley, congratulations and thank you for the great work on internationalization you're doing on our campus and throughout the SUNY system.
On October 21, Larbi Touaf, Visiting Fulbright Scholar at SUNY-Cortland and Associate Professor, Universite Mohammed I Oujda, Morocco opened SUNY Cortland's International Celebration Month with a talk titled "The Arab Spring Between Secularism and Religion". His talk presented an overview of the Arab Spring events and focused on three case studies: Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt. Prof. Touaf presented the model of the Morrocan approach to the Arab Spring that allowed this country to avoid violence and blodshed. The event was organized at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3), as part of a cooperation between the Clark Center of International Education and the Institute for Civic Engagement at SUNY Cortland and the Global Initiatives Council & the Social Science Department, TC3. The Clark Center for International Education would like to thank Professor David Flaten from TC3 for his hospitality and help in organizing this event. Below are some photos from this talk than gathered approximately 35 faculty members and students.
Larbi Touaf Talking About the Arab Spring in Egypt Arab Spring Between Secularism and Religion
On September 30, 2013, Katty AlHayek, a Syrian scholar at Ohio University, gave a short lecture via Skype to students in the International Relations, POL 250 course, taught by Alexandru Balas, Assistant Professor of International Studies. Katty AlHayek received her BA in Media and Journalism from Damascus University (2008) and will receiver her MA in Communication and Development from Ohio University (2014). She is the recipient of the prestigious Open Society Foundation Fellowship MEROL (Middle East Rule of Law) for 2012-2014. Previously she has worked for the Geneva Institute for Human Rights (2010-2012), was the editor-in-chief of a Syrian magazine, Frog, and represented the Syrian Women’s Network at the United Nations session on “Women and the political process in Syria -how to promote their inclusion and participation”, held in United Nations Plaza in New York, June 13, 2013.
During her Skyped-in lecture, she provided a personal analysis of the conflict and the potential for sectarian violence and gave several examples from her family's experience about what is going on in Syria. She also provided some suggestions about how the international community should address this conflict in a non-violent way. The students were very interested in the topic and had numerous questions for the guest speaker. This activity was linked to an assignment that the students were asked to write.
Mastering Foreign Languages: An Essential Skill for the 21st Century - one of the ideas from the Second Language Educators Conference
September 28, 2013
On September 28, 2013, the Second Language Educators Conference (SLEC) was hosted by SUNY Cortland. Second Language Educators Conference (SLEC) is a professional development platform for Second Language teachers and teachers-in-training. The annual event is open to students and all area Foreign Language, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and English as a Second Language (ESL) colleagues.
The conference was attended by approximately 100 Second Language teachers, teachers-in-training, and professors. The workshops touched upon a variety of topics, from ways to integrate technology into second language learning to discussions about the common core standards.
The keynote address was given by a SUNY Cortland alumni, Theresa Sullivan Caccavale, NNELL - National Network for Early Learning and K-12 Foreign Language/Immersion Specialist for Holliston, Mass. Public Schools. Ms. Caccavale had fond memories of her time at SUNY Cortland. The address was on the topic of "Using Formative Assessments to Highlight Student Achievement and Celebrate Our Summative Successes or The Beauty of Developing District-Determined Measures".
The conference was organized by Patricia Martinez de la Vega Mansilla, Lecturer of Spanish, SUNY Cortland and Paulo Quaglio, Ph.D., Associate Professor: TESOL & Applied Linguistics, SUNY Cortland. The conference was hosted by the Modern Languages Department of SUNY Cortland and sponsored by the Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) and the International Programs Office of SUNY Cortland.
Please find some photos from this event below.
SUNY Cortland's President, Erik Bitterbaum, welcoming the participants to the conference
Full room with the participants to SLEC 2013 Conference