April 2010

We are very excited to present the inaugural Global Studies Literature Review, a resource of the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. This new resource is an online compilation of book reviews, written by a wide variety of voices—faculty members, independent researchers, practitioners, and graduate students. We hope the GSLR stimulates the intellectual side of our work and, whether it serves an academic, professional, or simply personal interest of our members, provides a resource to encourage our curiosity and commitment to ground-breaking ideas.

Why choose the title "global studies" over international education? The GSLR looks to address a future-oriented trend: the growing convergence of international education with the core discourse of global higher education and society. This convergence (some might say reconvergence) is happening at a variety of levels and in many sectors. It is occurring between the professional practice of international education and the academic fields of global/international studies:

  • the globalization and internationalization of higher education;
  • increasing expectation of global competences for professionals in the global business community;
  • the challenges of migration from legal, educational, and human rights perspectives; and
  • the need for public diplomacy exchanges and policy making professionals to function in the transnational and post-September 11 realities of the twenty-first century.

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