2020 Spring Semester

2020 SPRING Semester Events

Enrich your Studies - Come to Global Programs


Latinos in the Media: The World Outside and the Pictures in our Head

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

12-1 p.m., Room 200 White Hall, Kent Campus

Join the School of Communication’s Director Elizabeth Graham, Ph.D., Ikram Toumi, Ph.D., Yesim Kaptan, Ph.D., and Rekha Sharma, Ph.D., in an informative, thought-provoking panel discussion of the images that we have of America’s growing Latinx population. This presentation, an invitational feature of the previous Ohio Latino Educational Summit, is being repeated to allow the Kent community to benefit from this presentation. A light lunch will be served. FLASHperks will be available, and we will take attendance for classes who are required to attend.  


Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020

Valentine’s Day Celebration

12-1 p.m., Room 200 White Hall, Kent Campus.   

Facilitators of this program is Higher Education Administration intern Esther Sijuwade, from Nigeria. Come and explore the ways that social media, culture, generation, geography within a nation, religion all influence dating and marriage practices around the world. Bring a date! Enjoy the chocolate banquet! FLASHperks available for students. Sign in for classes who are required to attend. 


Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

An Exploration of Mood and Light, Mother Language Day

12-1 p.m. Room 200 White Hall, Kent Campus

UNESCO’s website offers this reason why we need to celebrate International Mother Language Day: Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and planet. Yet, due to globalization processes, they are increasingly under threat, or disappearing altogether. When languages fade, so does the world's rich tapestry of cultural diversity. Opportunities, traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking and expression — valuable resources for ensuring a better future — are also lost.


Our international students, already away from home and using English for writing papers, reading and discussing, feel a sense of loss. Couple those feelings with the dark and cold days of winter here in Ohio, and depression and anxiety may appear.  Alex Silverio, a Puerto Rican student, wrote a paper for her class about SAD — Seasonal Affect Disorder — and ways to take care of skin and hair in the cold weather. It made us think about the effect of mood and resiliency in the dark and cold February.


Then we had the thought of combining Mother Language Day and exploration of SAD together. International students will share poetry and prose (and short translations) selections around the theme of mood (sadness, darkness, anxiety, depression or happiness, excitement, energy) and seasons of the year. After presentations in many languages, breakout sessions will form groups to explore different ways language shapes the images of these moods and seasons. (For example, some languages have many words describing snow, and others have one or none.) Refreshments will be available as well. FLASHperks will be available for undergraduate students. Attendance verification will take place for those who require students to attend.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020,

Fulbright TEA Participants Technology Posters  

1-5 p.m., Room 200 White Hall, Kent Campus

Livestreamed presentation of the 22 Fulbright TEA Participants who will be sharing their technology posters. They had to solve a current problem in their home environment that technology could improve. These scholarly posters will define the problems and the technology used to solve or improve that problem. Come and learn of new apps, new technologies and how they are used globally. FLASHperks will be available and snacks will be provided.    



Thursday, March 5, 2020

Fulbright TEA Participants Media Literacy Presentations

9 a.m.-12 p.m. and again 1-p.m., Room 200 White Hall, Kent Campus

Livestreamed presentations of the 22 Fulbright TEA Participants who will be sharing their media literacy projects for training with students in their classrooms, with other English teachers in their country, or in their communities. Media Literacy is affecting their newer democracies, and these Fulbright international teachers will help lead the next generation on being more critical consumers of media. They will know how to combat disinformation, fake news and propaganda. Teachers are from Czech Republic, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Northern Macedonia, Romania, Ukraine, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. 

FLASHperks will be available and snacks will be provided.


Wednesday, March 10, 2020

International Women’s Day

12-1 p.m., Room 200 White Hall, Kent Campus

International students will present how women in their home country are moving and innovating for a better future. This will be a photo and panel presentation. More information will be forthcoming. FLASHperks will be available, and a light lunch as well.  


Friday, April 24, 2020

Population Connection and Earth Day

11 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Room 200 White Hall, Kent Campus


Population Connection (from Washington, D.C.) provide trained facilitators to work with pre-service teachers on the latest global challenges with practical lessons, and activities. Participants go home with links and materials for use in the classroom.


Population can be linked to global challenges ranging from traffic congestion and pollution to loss of biodiversity and climate change. These lessons engage your students in many of the environmental, social and economic issues impacted by population – by both our numbers and our behaviors. Hands-on, engaging and fun, these activities challenge students to tackle real global issues through data and graphic analysis, lab simulations, role-playing games, argumentative writing and more. Each lesson can stand alone or easily be inserted into established units and course plans.



The Aggarwal-Blackburn Visiting Scholars, all professors here doing research and improving their college teaching, are required by our program to make one Gerald H. Read Distinguished Lecture on their research in English as part of their professional growth while in residence. These presentations are excellent opportunities for GRADUATE STUDENTS and FACULTY to learn about research in a variety of fields and with different cultural contexts/practices. Notice the diversity of the research areas across schools and programs.  



Wednesday, April 8, 2020

12-1 p.m., Room 200 White Hall, Kent Campus

Light refreshment served.              

Dr. Mustafa Kontem (Multicultural Counseling) and Baibi Chen (Literacy)  


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

12-1 p.m., Room 200 White Hall, Kent Campus

Light refreshment served.           

Ren Daling (Higher Education Administration) and Xuemei Su (Teaching of English)