Intercultural Strategies in Civic Engagement

2nd annual intercultural horizons conference

October 4 - 5, 2012

SUNY Global Center

116 East 55th Street

New York, NY



Keynote Speaker

Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and Center for Human Values, Princeton University

Plenary Speakers

Larry Braskamp, Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities
Richard Kiely, Director, Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research, Cornell University


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The State University of New York at Geneseo, Siena Italian Studies, and the Associazione Culturale Ulisse at the International Center for Intercultural Exchange are hosting "Intercultural Horizons 2012: Intercultural Strategies in Civic Engagement," a conference dedicated to exchanging ideas, practices, and experiences in the development of intercultural competence. The conference will be held at the SUNY Global Center at 116 East 55th Street in New York City.

This conference is intended to engage educators and experts from a variety of perspectives in examining the challenges and achievements of civic engagement in a global context, and the evolving definitions of civic engagement in service learning and general education, with an emphasis on turning theory into practice. It will be of interest to those interested or involved in intercultural education or exchange, from faculty and administrators to coordinators and counselors, as well as those active in the fields of service learning, language instruction, intercultural or cross-cultural communication, and international education.

The conference plenary sessions include Anthony Appiah as the kenote speaker on October 4, as well as plenary sessions by Larry Braskamp and Richard Kiely, and concurrent panel sessions.  Presentations and panels will address the following themes:

  • Service Learning
  • Intercultural Competence
  • General Education
  • Technology
  • Changing Definitions of Civic Engagement


Keynote speaker

Anthony Appiah, Laurence S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and Center for Human Values, Princeton Unversity



Anthony Appiah

Called a post-modern Socrates, Kwame Anthony Appiah asks profound questions about identity and ethics in a world where the sands of race, ethnicity, religion and nationalism continue to realign and reform before our eyes.  His seminal book Cosmopolitanism is a moral manifesto for a world where identity has become a weapon and where difference has become a cause of pain and suffering.  In his latest book, The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen, Appiah argues that honor and morality are two separate entities, and that social reform stems more from evolving notions of honor than a true understanding of morality.  In intellectually stimulating language, Appiah challenges you to look beyond the boundaries - real and imagined - that divide us, and to see our common humanity.

Appiah is the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University.  He is also the President of the PEN American Center, the internationally acclaimed literary and human rights association.  He was born in London, to a Ghanaian father and a white mother; raised in Ghana; and educated in England, at Cambridge University, where he received a Ph.D. in philosophy.  As a scholar of African and African-American studies, he established himself as an intellectual with a broad reach.  His classic book, In My Father's House, and his collaborations with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - including The Dictionary of Global Culture and Africana - are major works of African struggles for self-determination.  He is a 2012 National Humanities Medal winner, and in 2007, Cosmopolitanism won the Arthur Ross Book Award, the most significant prize given toa book on international affairs.  In 2009, he was featured in the documentary Examined Life, and was named one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 public intellectuals.




Plenary Speakers

Richard Kiely, Executive Director, Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research, Cornell University

Richard Kiely currently serves as the Director of the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research at Cornell University (CU).  In 2002, he received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and in 2005 was recognized nationally as a John Glenn Scholar in Service-Learning for his longitudinal research that led to the development of a transformative service-learning model.


Larry Braskamp, Senior Fellow at the American Association of Colleges and Universities and Senior Scientist at The Gallup Organization

Larry Braskamp was a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and held administrative positions as a Dean of Applied Life Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dean of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Loyola University Chicago. He is also President of the Global Perspectives Institute and has worked with the American Association of Colleges and Universities on "Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement," a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education.


Conference Schedule at at Glance

Thursday, October 4, 2012

8:00-9:00        Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:30        Welcome

9:30-11:00      Keynote - The Honor Code

11:00-11:15    Coffee break

11:15-12:30    Concurrent Sessions

A.  Honor Code Breakout Session

B.  * Service Learning: Development of Global Competency in College Students

     * Implementing a Civic and Global  Engagement Framework in a Two-Year Institution

     * Factors and Contexts that Contribute to Students' Development of Intercultural Competence

C. Project Pericles: Cultivating Citizenship in Cooperation but in Pragmatically Different Ways in Elon University and Pace University

D. * Multicultural, Multiracial, What is the Difference?

    * Competency Driven Model for Intercultural Education

    * Integrating Cultural Diversity in the Pharmacy Curriculum

E. Globalizing the SUNY General Education Curriculum

12:30-1:30      Lunch

1:30-2:45        Concurrent Sessions

A. * Aligning International Programs for Civic Engagement with College and University Intended Student Learning Outcomes

    * Service Learning and the Humanities in Haiti and Nicaragua

B. G/local General Education at the Sage Colleges: Civic Engagement and Service Learning in the WORLD Courses

C. The Federal Role in Supporting Civic Engagement through International and Foreign Language Education Grant Programs

D. A Collaboration in the Pursuit of Civic Engagement through Service Learning

E. * The FICCS Approach: One Intercultural Strategy for Civic Engagement Abroad and High Quality Student Learning

     * Polisocial: The Double Responsibility of Public Engagement

2:45-3:00        Coffee break

3:00-4:15        Concurrent Sessions

A.  Mutuality, Equality, Human Rights: Civic Engagement in South Africa and Beyond

B. * Intercultural Competence through Digital Media Literacy: A Way Forward for Fairfax County

     * Educating in the Post-Gutenberg Era: How to Cope with Virtual Otherness

     * Online Service-Learning Reflection Course as Facilitator of Student Support

C. * The Role of Learning Communities in Promoting Intercultural Connections

     * Intercultural Competence Work Group

D. *Community Engagement in study abroad programs: A case study: Syracuse University in Florence

     * Developing Critical Perspectives on International Service Learning and Student Development

E. * Improving Intercultural Communication through Service Learning United National Global Compact and Institutional Civic Engagement


4:15-5:00  Plenary: The United Nations Global Compact and Institutional Civic Engagement


Friday, October 5, 2012

8:00 - 9:00     Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:30     Plenary: Richard Kiely, Fostering Intercultural Learning through Service Learning: Opportunities and Challenges

10:30-10:45   Coffee break

10:45 -12:00  Concurrent Sessions

A. * The Anne Frank Project: Using Storytelling to Shift Global Theory to Practice

     * Empathy, Action and Intercultural Competence

B.  Envisioning Global Citizenship through Civic Engagement and Intercultural Understanding: Course-embedded Community Service for First-Year College Students

C.  Building a Better World: The Pedagogy and Practice of Global Service-Learning

D. Building Bridges to Strengthen Communities and Cultures through Service Learning Locally and Abroad: Opportunities and Challenges

12:00-1:00     Lunch

1:00-2:30       Plenary: Larry Braskamp, Creating Encounters with Difference that Make a Difference

2:30-2:45       Coffee break

2:45-4:00       Concurrent Sessions

A.  * Engaging with the People of the Land

      * Learning from the Bayou and Beyond: Integrating Service into an Academic Curriculum

B.  * Puentes al Futuro: Service Learning with English Language Learning

     * The Futuro Latino Learning Center: In Direct Contact with the Community

C.  * Challenges and Achievements of Civic Engagement: Adapting a Pre-Existing Global Service-Learning Course to a New Site and Host Country

      * Intercultural Immersion, Exploration and Transformation: The Impact of One Community College's First Global Service Learning Class in Jamaica

D.  * A Critical Evaluation of the Nobis Project: A Creative Process Approach to Service Learning and Global Citizenship

      * Challenges and Opportunities to Teaching Service - Learning to Alternative High School Students

      * TTU Rotaract Students Travel to Dominican Republic for Service in Local Schools and Orphanages

E.  Roosevelt Thinks: Implementation is Education

4:00-4:30       Closing Plenary





Rooms have been reserved at the following hotels at special conference rates. For each hotel, just let them know you want the SUNY Geneseo block rate.

Holiday Inn Manhattan View ($197.55/single or double)

39-05 29th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

Rooms must be reserved by September 4.


Conference Registration

Conference registration includes all sessions, a continental breakfast, and a box lunch for both days.


Registration fee

Two days: $175

Students: $125

One day: $100


Please use the following link to register:

Or, send a check payable to: CAS International Programs and mail to:

Office of International Programs

Erwin 106

SUNY Geneseo

1 College Circle

Geneseo, NY 14454





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