Global Update Spring 2022

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Global Update: Newsletter of the International & Comparative Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University

Message from the Program Director

Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Friends of the I&CE Program, 

I am sending warm greetings to all of you. The spring has just sprung in New York, the trees and flowers are blooming, and we are hearing kids playing outside in Russell Courtyard. After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, Teachers College is entering a new normal with many more in-person events and a “Mask Mindful” policy.

This return to a new normal is being overshadowed by the horrible news coming from Ukraine. The humanitarian crisis that is being perpetuated by this unjust war is only beginning to be realized. Stepping back from the day-to-day news of death and destruction, I think about the impact that our community of scholars—whether our current faculty or our alumni—can have on the region as the Ukrainian people hopefully soon begin to rebuild.  Our research teaches us about education in emergencies, the importance of language and culture, and how national and international policy impacts learning. All of this scholarship is relevant in any rebuilding.

Our community is impressive. As I prepared this newsletter, I have an opportunity to look back at what we’ve accomplished since the last issue. Reading through the stories, I am reminded that there is so much to highlight and celebrate. I hope you will enjoy learning about our vibrant community.

I am looking forward to seeing you in person at CIES 2022. Our in-person reception is schedule for Tuesday, April 19, 2022 8-10pm CT, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Nicollet D-1 room, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403. Please RSVP with this form.

We would love to hear from you and to update your alumni profile. Please take this short survey that asks you to update your contact information and share your interests, and some good news to share with the community. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful end of the semester and a restful summer that we all need.

Oren Pizmony-Levy
Program Director

Program News

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The International and Comparative Education Program Celebrates International Day of Education
What education issues and priorities matter most to our faculty, post-doctoral, and doctoral fellows in 2022?

Student and Alumni Highlights

Iveta Silova
Dr. Iveta Silova Receives Harold J. Noah Award for Distinguished Alumni
Dr. Silova is Professor and Associate Dean of Global Engagement at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University, and the first woman to receive this award.
Education is Part of the Solution: A Reflection on the Columbia Student Climate Symposium
Education is Part of the Solution: A Reflection on the Columbia Student Climate Symposium
“We would love to see a symposium that is a mixed bag of academics and practitioners gleaning advice and vantage points from each other.”
TC's 7th (UN)Spoken: A Celebration of International Mother Language Day
TC's 7th (UN)Spoken: A Celebration of International Mother Language Day
Every year, SIE organizes (UN)Spoken: A Celebration of International Mother Language Day (IMLD) in observance of the International Mother Language Day held worldwide on February 21st.
Teachers College Alum Noah Sobe Leads Landmark UNESCO Futures of Education Project
Teachers College Alum Noah Sobe Leads Landmark UNESCO Futures of Education Project
With our humanity and the planet we live on under threat, “Reimagining our Futures Together” calls for a new social contract for education.
Kella Merlain-Moffatt
"Do Not Sleepwalk through Life" by Kella Merlain-Moffatt wins MLK Oratorical and Spoken Word Event
For the International Educational Development student, lines like "While I love that Fanon wrote this, I hate that it is still relevant" represent aspirations not yet met.
​​Paula Mantilla-Blanco Awarded Peace Scholar Fellowship from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
Paula Mantilla-Blanco’s dissertation research will focus on the educational role of state-sponsored memory sites, such as museums and memorials, in creating and disseminating memories of violence and expectations about peace in Colombia.
children in schoolyard
Doctoral Fellow Marcella Winter Awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
The Morton T. Embree Award reflects her transformative contribution to "Decolonial Theories in Comparative Education.
soviet union
Higher education regionalism in the former Soviet Union: A qualitative exploration of Russian university branch campuses
In his recent publication, Abbas Abbasov examines "branch campus" initiatives undertaken by the Lomonosov Moscow State University, arguing that they represent an emerging form of higher education regionalism in the post-Soviet region.
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The Shaping of National Identity in Diverse Nigerian Secondary Schools
Dr. Marlana Salmon-Letelier summarizes her research which was recently published in the International Journal of Educational Development.
climate protest
Climate change concern among youth: Examining the role of civics and institutional trust across 22 countries
Doctoral candidate Erika Kessler describes how and why young people are mobilizing to stem the worst effects of climate change, which they will bear the brunt of.

Faculty Highlights

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Teaching Spotlight: Decolonial Theories in Comparative Education
In Professor Regina Cortina's class students reflect on colonial legacies and learn to lead through a decolonial lens.
artistic ways of knowing
Embracing Interculturality and Indigenous Knowledge in Latin American Higher Education
The exhibition illustrates how scholars across a range of disciplines incorporate visual and artistic processes in their research and everyday lives.
Global Guide on Human Rights
Dr. Felisa Tibbitts Co-Authors Global Guide on Human Rights Education Curriculum Development
The guide provides step-by-step guidance with concrete examples on how to strengthen the integration of Human Rights Education in national curriculum development processes in keeping with both human rights and Sustainable Development Goal commitments.
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