An Internationalized Stewardship of Urban Places
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Metropolitan universities in the United States are driven by the intertwined missions of broadening educational access and serving their surrounding communities. International education historically has been placed somewhat apart from such missions. This separation has little justification in these globalized times, however – a realization that changes how such institutions might approach the civic engagement and stewardship at their core. Metropolitan areas must now be understood not only in terms of geographic proximity but also in terms of intersecting “spheres of engagement,” from local to global. Cities, their universities, and the graduates they produce, must learn to operate across these spheres with skill, wisdom, and responsibility. The result is the internationalized academic stewardship of urban places discussed in this article.
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Dr. Gil Latz is associate vice chancellor for international affairs and professor of geography, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI); and associate vice president for international affairs, Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, and affiliated philanthropic studies faculty member, Indiana University. Before his appointment to IUPUI in 2012, Latz was affiliated for twenty-eight years with Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, where he held positions in geography and international studies and as vice provost for international affairs. His research on comparative regional development policy includes affiliation with Tokyo University (Japan) and University of Florence (Italy). Recent publications include topics on transnational organizations in Asia; assessing international learning (U.S.); educational reform (Vietnam); landscape history (Italy/U.S.); and controversial issues in politics and society (Japan).
Dr. Susan Buck Sutton is senior advisor for international initiatives, Bryn Mawr College, and emerita associate vice president of international affairs and chancellor’s professor of anthropology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Sutton is past president of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and active in the American Council of Education, the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA), and the Institute of International Education (IIE). She has given numerous presentations on the changing nature of internationalization, institutional partnerships, curriculum internationalization, and international service learning. Sutton has published five books and more than sixty articles.
Dr. Barbara Hill is senior associate in the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, working with institutional leaders to promote comprehensive internationalization. Hill has consulted with Higher Education for Development, developing infrastructure to serve international development through university partnerships and organizing workshops to disseminate expertise in international development. Hill formerly participated in the Visiting Advisors Program/Salzberg Seminar, consulting in Russia and Eastern Europe about governance, finance, academic structure, and program quality. Before joining ACE leadership, she was provost at Denison University and president of Sweet Briar College.