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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

Beginning November 2013, the Global Education Colloquium will conduct a monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series that will feature a distinguished speaker and lively discussion.

The topics presented will be 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, start promptly at 12 Noon.  You are invited to bring your lunch.  Drinks and cookies will be served.

To register for an upcoming event, please visit

If you are unable to attend, during the event you can view via the live webcast:

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

Speaker Schedule

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Making Room For More Indira Gandhis: The Evolution of Women Leaders in Local Elections
Supriya Baily, Ph.D.
George Mason University

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Tied up in Knots? Gender Mainstreaming, Training and Development in Vietnam
Kristy Kelly, Ph.D.
Drexel University

Tuesday, January 21, 2014   Cancelled due to snow, rescheduled to February 18, 2014
Growing Up Poor: The Multifaceted Reach of Poverty Into Youth’s Lives and Schooling in Rural, Northwest China
Jennifer Adams, Ed.D.
Drexel University

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 
Growing Up Poor: The Multifaceted Reach of Poverty Into Youth’s Lives and Schooling in Rural, Northwest China
Jennifer Adams, Ed.D.
Drexel University

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Oaxacan Ceramists and An American Author:  A Case Study of Intercultural Communication
Cynthia Weill, Ed.D.
Teachers College Columbia University

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Community Cultural Wealth: Uyghurs, Social Networks, and Education
Rebecca Clothey, Ph.D.
Drexel University

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Women Leading Schools Worldwide: Issues of Access and Practice
Jill Sperandio, Ph.D.
Lehigh University

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Resistance in Moldova: Teachers, Textbooks and Social Memory
Elizabeth Worden, Ph.D.
American University