PORTLAND, Ore. -- Conventionally, conference sessions serve a purpose of further orienting participants into the accepted language and landscape of a shared profession. More rarely does a conference session for a professional association feature the opposite goal – to thoroughly rip apart the rhetoric and deconstruct a field’s founding myth.
In Educating Global Citizens in Colleges and Universities (Routledge), Peter N. Stearns argues that colleges and universities have an obligation to prepare students from an increasingly globally connected world. But what does that mean? Stearns, provost at George Mason University, discusses the role of the curriculum, including foreign languages, study abroad, and branch campuses.