This past weekend, GLCA (Great Lakes Colleges Association) consortium member, DePauw University hosted an International Conference/Workshop on “The Liberal Arts and Global Citizenship: Theory and Practice.” Antioch College faculty members, Hassan Rahmanian, Lara Mitias, and Luisa Bieri traveled to Greencastle, Indiana on Friday, February 24th to participate. Friday morning’s panel, “Practicing Global Citizenship in an Age of Walled States,” was particularly engaging as scholars representing a broad range of disciplinary approaches to globalization discussed emergent questions on migration, citizenship and democratic dissent. It sparked a thought-provoking conversation continued over lunch with visiting scholars from GLAA (Global Liberal Arts Alliance) institutions including American University of Beirut, American University of Nigeria, and FLAME University in Pune, India.
The group also heard a guest lecture from South African playwright and novelist, Zakes Mda, Professor of English, Ohio University as well as DePauw University students’ perspectives on global engagement on campus and through study abroad. Antioch College faculty enjoyed spending the day cross-pollinating ideas with peers from partner institutions at home and abroad.
*Photo Credit: DePauw University
Aspiring to be an art teacher, Jennifer Bish ’18 ventured to the beautiful west coast to begin her third co–op with Children’s After School Arts (CASA) in San Francisco, CA. The after school program has a dedication to encouraging “creativity and social justice” in an environment that is enjoyed by students. The students switch between play time outside, in class time and homework. Students are also given the opportunity to select workshops they wish to attend on various topics each week. Serving as an Art, Social Justice, and Self-Expression Teaching Assistant, Jennifer was able to help with a variety of tasks, including the filmmaking workshop. One of the themes discussed in class while Jennifer was at CASA centered around gender. As Jennifer states, “It has been interesting to teach as each grade handles conversations differently. They have been grappling with ideas of identity and expression and have debunked some social norms such as blue being a color for boys and pink for girls.” Jennifer has thus far appreciated the approach that CASA has in teaching its students and looks forward to the final weeks of her co–op!