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On Whose Wavelength? Learning What Our Shared Work is [and Is Called] Through a Pennsylvania/Ghana Collaboration 

Global Education Colloquium

June 16, 2015
Alice Lesnick, Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College

Through the BiCo Dalun Community Fellowship, a group of US-based undergraduates complete a 10-week action research experience linking work in a community-based organization with local language study and structured reflective practices.  Alice Lesnick, founder and director of the fellowship, will speak about what she and her students and colleagues in Ghana are learning about what it means to work together across distances and languages.  In particular, the role of the regional community radio station as a hub for this work will be considered and its significance as an educational organ vital to the intercultural project as well as the local community characterized.

About the Speaker

Alice Lesnick, Term Professor of Education, Director of the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program, and Coordinator of Africana Studies.  A literacy researcher with particular interest in collaborative learning; networked learning; and the bridging of formal and informal contexts of education, Alice has created and teaches a broad range of courses including her Program's gateway and capstone seminars; literacies and education; qualitative research; education, technology, and society; first-year writing and thinking; and empowering learners. Awarded the Rosalyn R. Schwartz Teaching Award in 2004; a faculty associate/teacher trainer with the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College since 1993; and a former preschool, elementary, middle, and high school teacher, Alice now directs the BiCo Dalun Community Fellowships project linking Bryn Mawr and Haverford College undergraduates with a preschool, community radio station, and ICT Centre in Northern Ghana.