2015-03-043:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (EDT) Faculty Conversation$79 NAFSA Member; $119 Nonmember Buy Recording

What does it mean to "go global" as a faculty member? How can focusing on global phenomena enhance disciplinary approaches and regional studies?

Faculty who 'go global' ground global knowledge in specific disciplines and area specializations. Thus, many potential frames of reference and discernible patterns can make our teaching and research more exciting and compelling.

This collaborative NAFSA Academic Programs Faculty Conversation will feature the editor and authors of Framing the Global, a new, groundbreaking book published by Indiana University Press. Throughout the conversation, presenters and participants will be able to:

Read an interview with Hilary Kahn about the origin of the “Framing the Global” project.

  • explore how global issues create new questions within disciplinary traditions;
  • challenge their understanding of global trends away from binaries such as global versus local, universal versus particular, and micro versus macro;
  • translate a critical approach to global studies into a global classroom;
  • help students consider how our diverse lives and locales are defined by and give meaning to global processes;
  • discover how academic leaders can use a global framework to implement internationalization strategies at their institution.

Faculty Conversations are designed for faculty members, academic leaders, researchers, and international educators interested in student learning outcomes and the educational experiences—curricular and cocurricular—created to help students gain and practice global knowledge, skills, and perspectives.

Take advantage of this special and stimulating conversation and join NAFSA's growing community of practice focused on global learning.

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Zsuzsa GilleZsuzsa Gille
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Zsuzsa Gille is associate professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an affiliate faculty for the Social Dimension of Environmental Policy strategic initiative at the Beckman Institute. Gille is author of From the Cult of Waste to the Trash Heap of History: The Politics of Waste in Socialist and Postsocialist Hungary, coeditor of Post-Communist Nostalgia with Maria Todorova, and coauthor of Global Ethnography: Forces, Connections and Imaginations in a Postmodern World. She was the special guest editor of Slavic Review's thematic cluster on nature, culture, and power in 2009. Gille has published on issues of qualitative methodology as it relates to globalization and new concepts of space, on environmental politics, and on the sociology of food. Her forthcoming book Of Paprika, Foie Gras, and Red Mud: The Politics of Materiality in the European Union investigates the relationship between power and materiality in a transnational context. Gille also serves on the editorial board of the journal Ethnography.

Alex PerulloAlex Perullo
Bryant University

Alex Perullo is an associate professor of anthropology, African studies, and music at Bryant University in Rhode Island. He has published two books on African music economies and is currently working on a new manuscript, titled "Globe Style: Copyright Law, Piracy, and the Commercialization of African Music," as part of his 5-year Framing the Global fellowship.

Perullo is active in the African community within Rhode Island, including starting the African Studies Workshop, a yearly workshop that brings together Africans in the area with Bryant University students and the broader public. In addition, Perullo created an online repository of interviews and documents of African immigrants living in New England, a project known as the African Digital Archive.

Moderator & Presenter

Hilary E. Kahn
Indiana University

Hilary Kahn is assistant dean for strategic collaborations and director of the Center for the Study of Global Change in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University. She is also faculty in the Department of International Studies and director of the PhD minor in global studies. Kahn directs the Framing the Global project (with Indiana University Press) and the Voices and Visions: Islam and Muslims from a Global Perspective project. Her areas of research and expertise include global teaching and learning; visual anthropology; grounded global studies; critical social theory; transnational identities; Latin America and the Caribbean; and the internationalization of higher education. She is currently on the executive board of the Association of International Education Administrators and the advisory board for diversity and democracy of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Her books include Framing the Global: Entry Points for Research and Seeing and Being Seen: The Q'eqchi' Maya of Guatemala and Beyond. Kahn received her PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Buffalo in 2002.