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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.

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

2015-2016 Speaker Schedule

September 16, 2015
The Global Peace Index 2015
Michelle Breslauer, Institute for Economics and Peace

October 20, 2015
The Global Educational Discourse: What is the Focus and How Does is Vary?
Alex Wiseman, Lehigh University

November 17, 2015
Rethinking Japanese and Korean Education
Hyunjoon Park, University of Pennsylvania

December 15, 2015
Doing the 'Work of Hearing': Girls' Voices in Transitional Educational Development Campaigns
Shenila Khoja-Moolji, Teacher's College, Columbia University

January 19, 2015
Expanding Notions of Blackness, Tools for a Better Pedagogy
Evelyn Laurent-Perrault, Bryn Mawr College

February 16, 2016
Schools without Stones: Education for Conflick or for Peace in Afghanistan
Dana Burde, Steinhardt, New York University

March 15, 2016
Charter school dynamics in Colombia: Findings on the operationalization of accountability and Competition
Brent Edwards, Drexel University

April 19, 2016
Transformation for Inclusive Practices: Developing a sustainable model for vulnerable children in post-conflict Uganda
Susan O'Rourke, Carlow University

May 17, 2016 - TBA

June 7, 2016
High Stakes Schooling: Japan's Experiences with Testing, Accountability & Education Reform
Christopher Bjork, Vassar College