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The Global Education Colloquium

The multifaceted global issues that face today’s educators and students represent unique opportunities and challenges to develop global, international and intercultural awareness, knowledge and perspective.

Drexel University’s Global Education Colloquium (GEC) was founded on the premise that providing a forum for rich dialogue about these issues enhances understanding and the possibility of a coherent vision that would lead to more engaged research and best practice initiatives in global education.

The GEC is composed of faculty, students and community members who make global education their central focus for research and teaching, and those who incorporate global and education analysis into their areas of primary pursuit.  We are interdisciplinary and include education specialists, often grounded in disciplines such as history, sociology, philosophy, psychology, economics, political science, and anthropology. Our research spans from micro to macro levels of analysis, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and theoretical to applied orientations.

Members of the GEC share a commitment to producing rigorous scholarship aimed at understanding educational institutions, educational processes and the social and cultural factors that affect them. We frame education – whether studied locally, globally or internationally – as shaped by, and with the potential to shape – social change taking place on a global scale.

Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Global Education Colloquium conducts a monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series that features a distinguished speaker and lively discussion.

The topics presented are the result of research spanning the full range of learning, teaching and training topics including international studies, higher education, peace education, social justice, inequality, politics of knowledge, policy, leadership and organizational change.

GEC events are held the third Tuesday of every month on the main campus of Drexel University, starting promptly at 12 Noon. You are invited to bring your lunch. Drinks and cookies will be served.

To register for an upcoming event, please visit

If you are unable to attend, during the event you can view via the live webcast:

For more information, email Dr. Kristy Kelly, faculty coordinator for the GEC, at

2014-2015 Speaker Schedule

September 16, 2014
Identity in Past, Present, and Future Tense: The Emotional Work of Navigating Gender, Class, and Nation in Vietnamese and English
Irene Crawford, Ph.D., Southern Connecticut State University

October 21, 2014
Who Owns the South China Sea? Politics of Knowledge and Evidential Claims Making
Bill Hayton, Writer and BBC Journalist

November 18, 2014
Sowing Seeds of Change? Education for Partnership Between Jews and Palestinians in Israel
Karen Ross, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Boston

December 16, 2014 - CANCELLED
The Internationalization of German University: English Language Master's Programs, the State, and the New Nationalism
Roger Gonzalez, Ph.D., Drexel University

January 20, 2015
A Return to God? Muslim Youth, Education, Politics, and Identity in a Post-Modern World
Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania

February 17, 2015
Hot and Bothered: How Globalization Stemmed Sex Education
Jonathan Zimmerman, Ph.D., New York University

March 17, 2015
Engaging Knowledge and Strategies: Rural Parental Involvement in Gansu, China
Peggy Kong, Ph.D., Lehigh University

April 21, 2015
Stratification and the Emergence of the Post-Secondary Private Education Sector in Vietnam
Kimberly A. Goyette, Ph.D., Temple University

May 19, 2015
Breaking the Glass Ceiling? Gender and Leadership in Higher Education
Barret Katuna, Ph.D., University of Connecticut

June 2, 2015
On Whose Wavelength? Learning What Our Shared Work is [and is called] Through a Pennsylvania/Ghana Collaboration
Alice Lesnick, Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College