In this session we will compare global online practices to reflect on the power of social networks not only as a means of connection, but also as sites that facilitate cultural and informational flows. Are digital spaces inherently informed by real-life institutions of race, class, gender, etc. or do we have the freedom to create, invent, and subvert online? Join the discussion to learn more!
Time: Mar 19, 2021 3 PM to 4PM Central Time
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Tuesday, 4/6 | 12pm-1pm EDT | Click Here to Register
Do you dream of using your career to advance a more equitable, just world? Learn how your master’s degree can give you the foundation to be the change you want to see. In this session, three SIT Graduate Institute professors will share various disciplinary approaches to working for change and justice. Whether your interests lie with race, socio-economics, immigration, community organizing, peacebuilding, training, mediation, education, or another area of work, you will become familiar with the social-change skills and knowledge that you can develop through graduate studies with SIT.
Presenters: Sora Friedman, Bruce Dayton, Azim Khan | Moderator: Javonni McGlaurin
Friday, 4/9 | 12pm-1pm EDT | Click Here to Register
What does it take to run a study abroad program amid the COVID-19 pandemic? Join SIT for an invigorating discussion on the many factors that go into facilitating study abroad today, and get an exclusive peek at the tools SIT staff use when deciding whether to run a program. SIT leadership will draw from the organization’s experience this past year to explore the go-no-go decision making process; how they ensure students, staff, and local communities stay safe when running programs; what’s needed to adhere to country-specific curfews and navigate limited group mobility; and the implications of quarantines and mask mandates. The session will also reflect on opportunities for reciprocity and giving back to host communities in these challenging times.
Presenters: Michael Zoll, Ian O'Brien | Moderator: Craig McDonald
Wednesday, 2/17 | 12-1:30pm EDT | Click Here to Register
In this conversation, the critical scholar Dr. Taieb Belghazi of SIT and the leading decolonial theorist Dr. Walter Mignolo of Duke University will engage with postcolonialism and decolonial thought and provide a critical reading of major decolonial concepts such as Modernity/Coloniality, the Colonial Matrix of Power, Delinking, Gnoseology, and Aesthesis. From these introductory philosophical reflections, they will then revisit the concept of globalization and offer a decolonial reading of current events, namely, COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the crisis of democracy.
Presenters: Taeib Belghazi, Walter Mignolo | Moderator: Said Graiouid
Monday, 4/19 | 11am-12pm EDT | Click Here to Register
This session engages with new frontiers in higher education, with a focus on the digital transformation of international education and gender parity within its leadership. The panelists will explore the potential of digital technologies to transform lives, social organization, and educational structures, as well as the degree to which women professionals within the field of international education have achieved senior positions and their experiences along the way. The panel will also explore how the transforming field of international education offers hope for rising professionals who have been oft-marginalized within other areas of responsibility and leadership in the U.S.
Presenters: Sora Friedman, Thanh Duong | Moderator: Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang
Date And Time
Mon, March 1, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST
The discussion will focus on the evolving modern international history of Britain, and London's place in that evolution. It will explore the tremendous changes that have taken place since the end of the Second World War as Britain has withdrawn from Empire. It will then examine the huge developments currently underway as Britain leaves the European Union. Finally, it will examine the possibility of a third major wave of change with the potential breakup of the United Kingdom.
James Ker-Lindsay is Visiting Professor at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a research associate at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. His research focus is on conflict, EU enlargement, and secession and recognition in international politics. In addition to his academic work, he has worked in government and has served as an advisor to the United Nations, Council of Europe and the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. He is on Twitter @JamesKerLindsay and YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/c/JamesKerLindsay
Date And Time
Mon, March 8, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST
It features colourfully in Harry Potter, Love Actually or Netflix’s Enola Holmes. It is a historical and global centre of media industry and digital development. However, London is also a contested, symbolic space, where different forms of mediated power map onto geographies of Londoners’ everyday experience. In this session we will discuss how media representations and infrastructures interact with forces of identity and may change our understanding of community and reception.
Dr. Rafal Zaborowski is Lecturer in Digital Culture in the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London. In his work Rafal is interested in media audiences, focusing especially on social and generational engagements with media and practices of listening. Rafal has also published on issues of voice and media framing of crises as well as new forms of televised manipulation. Rafal has served as an expert on the mediation of the “refugee crisis” and migration more broadly for numerous European bodies and frequently discussed issues of media representation, democracy and participation in international media.