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The College of Education, Health, and Human Services has many events throughout the year that bring together students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. We will continue to add exciting opportunities to the Spring 2014 calendar. Check back often for updates. We hope to see you at an EHHS event soon!

Read Center for International & Intercultural Education Events

Cultural Dialogues

Our 16 International Leaders in Education Program scholars will be presenting Cultural Dialogues during the months of February and early March. Building on the highly successful parenting and children of the world presentations from last fall, our theme for the spring semester Cultural Dialogues will be FAMILY. We have assigned them to take one or more of the themes below and create a presentation: marriage ceremonies, birthing rituals, funeral and death, relationships and parenting, redefinition of traditional families with influence of global economy and mobility of people, variations of family traditions due to tribal/ethnic differences, influence of colonization on family structures, practices, etc., policies in the government that affect families (Title IX here in the US changed women’s roles), the language of families in the native language (names, what you call grandparents, extended relatives, etc.), religious beliefs and family practices, leisure activities for families, common DNA related health concerns among families in this region and how that impacts family life, or how geography and economy affects family life. Specific topics for these presentations will be advertised in late January. The presenters are the ILEP visiting scholars who arrive in early January.

  • Tuesday, February 11, Families: Morocco and Egypt, 12:00 Room 200 White Hall. Mohamed Ahmed Awad Gadelrab, Mizy Amin Hafez Faris, Magda Abdel Hafeiz Elsherbiny, Youssef Elboutaibi, and Taoufik Chaik
  • Thursday, February 20, Families: Senegal and Ghana, 12:00 Room 200 White Hall. Sylvester Opoku, Ernest Antwi Gyimah, Adji Salimata, and Abdoulaye Fall
  • Wednesday, February 26, Families: India and Indonesia, 12:00 Room 200 White Hall. Panachickal Varghese Thomas, Riyas P.T., Bobby Jose, Jil Lahallo, and Siti. Asniatih Asniatih
  • Thursday, March 6, Families: Brazil, 12:00 Room 200 White Hall. Francisli Costa Galdime, Claudia Broietti dos Santos and other Brazilian students studying at Kent State
Thursday, March 13, 2014, International Leaders in Education Program: 8 Years of IMPACT, 7:00 KIVA.

This Read Distinguished Lecture will celebrate the impact of the previous 7 years of hosting this national program, and will feature four past visiting international teachers, Nourreddine Boutahar from Morocco, (spring 2008), Patrick Maband Mnisi from South Africa, (spring 2009), Umi Safari from Indonesia (spring 2012), Ricardo De Sales from Brazil (spring 2013). Come and celebrate the public school teachers, the host families, and all of the faculty who have been touched by the nearly 100 international visiting teachers who have graced our spring semesters for the past 7 years. Learn of how the Kent State experience in International Leaders in Education Program has impacted these four schools. Highlights will include the implementation of technology to a region for the computer given in this program was the first computer in the school, learn about girls education and the influence this program has had in rural Indonesia, learn what the challenges were faced when returning home, learn how global leadership training shapes their willingness to politically active at home for social justice issues.

Tuesday, February 18, 4:30 p.m., National Teacher of the Year, Jeff Charbonneau, KIVA, Kent Student Center

Welcome to Another Day in Paradise
Charbonneou greets his students every day with the words, “Welcome back to another day in paradise.” Jeff believes that the paradise must be built, maintained, and improved by removing the words, ‘can’t’, ‘too hard’ and ‘impossible’ from our vocabulary. He understands that many students feel the ‘hard’ sciences are too difficult and it is his job to support their learning by breaking down the content and creating interactive learning experiences. Jeff speaks passionately about teaching more than just chemistry, physics, engineering, and technology—he helps his students foster self-confidence, academic success, collaboration and dedication. Learn what makes Jeff the teacher he has become and how to create the conditions that enable teachers like Jeff to grow and develop in every school. This program will be co-sponsored by Kent Student Education Association and Kappa Delta Pi.

Visiting Scholar Read Distinguished Lectures
  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 3:30-4:30, Room 200 White Hall, light refreshments provided. Yingfeng He and Shuchui Wang, both visiting scholars with Philip Wang will present their research. Titles will be forth coming after they arrive in country. They are both in the travel and tourism majors.
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014, 3:30-4:30, Room 200 White Hall, light refreshment provided. Jinkee Kim Hyun and Yang Xianyan, both visiting scholars, will present their research. Dr. Hyun is working with the special education faculty; and Yang Xianyan is researching in the area of travel and tourism with Philip Wang.
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014, 3:30-4:30 Room 200 White Hall, light refreshments provided. Dr. Vidya Ramkumar and Fan Qiutao, both visiting scholars, will present their research. Dr. Ramkumar is a Fulbright scholar from India and studying with Mark Kumm in audiology. Dr. Fan Qiutao is from The People’s Republic of China in the area of marketing and is working with Dr. Shawn Fitzgerald.
Friday, January 31, 2014. Chinese New Year (2014 Year of the Horse) Celebration, 3:00-5:00 Read Room
Friday, March 7th, International Women’s Day

The College of JMC and EHHS will work together in bringing one of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting reporters to campus in March. The theme will be human trafficking worldwide and in Ohio. Watch for more information about this. The reporter will speak to individual classes and have a public lecture on the topic. If you are interested in having a presentation in your class, contact us.