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Faculty Forums on Global Issues

Faculty Brown Bag Luncheons

Each semester faculty and staff develop forums on important global topics for the BCC community to discuss. These are informal presentations and at times are offered by faculty from different departments working together

The Worldwide Water Scarcity as a Barrier to Future Global Cooperation and Advancement
The Worldwide Water Scarcity as a Barrier to Future Global Cooperation and Advancement discussion focused on a range of political, health, and economic viewpoints that emanate from the worldwide water scarcity.  Presenters will explore ways to include these important issues in their teaching.   Panel moderator: Professor Allan Gilman, Department of Biology and Medical Laboratory Technology. The other faculty participants: Dr. Neal Phillip, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Technology; Dr. Marcia Jones, Department of Nursing and Allied Health Services; and Dr. Luis Montenegro, Department of Physics and Technology. This forum took place on Thursday, April 15, 2010 from 2-4 pm at the BCC Playhouse, Brown Student Center.

Faculty Development Workshops

Each semester NCEA co-sponsors with the Center for Teaching Excellence workshops to engage faculty in discussions about how best to incorporate global themes into their curriculum and to promote global learning on campus.

Globalizing the Campus
Facilitated by Dr. Jason Scorza, Associate Provost for Global Learning,
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching Excellence, a workshop on Globalizing the Campus was led by Dr. Jason Scorza, associate provost for Global Learning at Fairleigh Dickinson University, on Friday, March 6 from 10-12 pm at the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Scorza focused on the following three points:

  1. A brief overview of the Fairleigh Dickinson Global Initiative
  2. The relationship between the Global Initiative and academic skills initiatives
  3. Technology as a vehicle for globalizing the campus

Our Food, Their Food, Fast Food, Slow Food: Students Blend Global Awareness with Personal Insight

Coordinated by Dr. Tamar Rothenberg, Department of History, and Dr. Giulia Guarneri, Department of Modern Languages, this presentation at the Center for Teaching Excellence demonstrated Geography 10 and Italian 12 students' engagement with the theme of international perspectives on food. The event showcased students’ reflections on their eating habits and the eating habits of other parts of the world through writing, photographs, ePortfolio presentations, and podcasts. Their analyses involved such themes as nutrition, poverty, environment, global trade, sustainability, organic agriculture, slow food vs. fast food, and how food cultures have changed in the last 50 years. This event took place on November 16, 2010.

Center for Teaching Excellence Luncheon with Farnoosh Moshiri

This CTE faculty luncheon was held prior to the reading and book signing by Iranian-born writer Farnoosh Moshiri as part of the CTE Meet the Author series.  Faculty from several departments engaged in an in-depth discussion about the necessity of incorporating global viewpoints into the curriculum in all disciplines as well as the necessity of emphasizing critical thinking in our classrooms.  The luncheon, and subsequent reading, was coordinated by Dr. Harriet Shenkman, Center for Teaching Excellence, and Dr. Sandra Tarlin, Department of English, and cosponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Office of Student Life, and the Center for Tolerance and Understanding. This event took place on November 8, 2010.

Personal Identities and Global Citizenship
Tuesday, February 9, 2010, Time 10-12, Center for Teaching Excellence

This faculty/staff workshop led by Laconia Therrio examined understanding our own multiple identities and their impact upon our global perspectives. Participants identified and discussed the various aspects of their lives that impact upon how they view themselves and how their own diversity can contribute to teaching students to expand their global perspectives. The discussions also enabled participants to better understand how to reach their own students from diverse backgrounds.

Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Facilitated by Dr. Claudio Mazzatenta, Department of Biology & Medical Lab Technology
Friday, October 23, 2009, 11am–1pm, Center for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Mazzatenta shared his experiences from the Salzburg Global Seminar with the Greening the Minds: Universities, Climate Leadership, and Sustainable Futures. Possibilities for developing partnerships with other national and international universities were discussed. 

A Departmental Approach to Incorporating Global Perspectives into History 10 & 11
Facilitated by Dr. Jordi Eraso-Getman, Department of History

In 2008, the History Department was part of an interdepartmental team that was tasked with addressing the College’s General Education requirements.  They decided that instead of focusing on individual Gen-Ed skills, they would look at how global learning was integrated into their History 10/11 curriculum and would identify specific ways to incorporate global perspectives into the various subject units.  

To help other departments with this task, Dr. Eraso-Getman offered a general but brief overview of how the History Department decided to use the global focus to address the College’s Gen Ed requirement and summarized the process they followed in implementing it. He identified key issues that they encountered in revising the curriculum—especially how the department used flexibility in securing faculty buy-in. 

Aftermath of the Atomic Bomb
Students and faculty attended this Thursday, November 20, 2008, brown bag luncheon in the Faculty/Staff Lounge where biology professors Claudio Mazzatenta and Allan Gilman explored the Manhattan Project in the presentation “The Atomic Bomb and Its Aftermath.”  The Manhattan Project is the code name for the US government’s secret project established before World War II that culminated in the development of the nuclear bomb.  The detonation of two atomic weapons over Japan, at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, was ample evidence of the project’s success and of the atomic bomb’s enormous destructive power.  The discussion focused on the history and execution of the Project as well as the implications for the 21st century.

The Global Lens
Facilitated by Dr. Jochen Fried, Director of Education Initiatives and Academic Director, International Study Program, Salzburg Global Seminar

This Faculty Development Workshop – The Global Lens – was jointly sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the National Center for Educational Alliances on Thursday, March 13, 2008. The workshop was conducted by Dr. Jochen Fried, BCC’s Fulbright Scholar in Residence.

This discussion focused on how faculty utilize global knowledge in their classrooms and other campus activities that help students fulfill the College’s vision statement to become world citizens who are “prepared to live within, profit from, and contribute to a 21st century global environment marked by diversity, change and expanded opportunities for learning and growth.”  Dr. Fried offered examples of learning objectives that were developed by educational organizations seeking to improve global learning, and raised key questions from attendees that helped move the discussion to how BCC faculty can more effectively encourage their colleagues to intentionally incorporate global perspectives into their classes.

A History of Genocide
Dr. Robert Maryks (History) led this discussion forum, a pre-International Education Week special event that defined and explored the history of genocide and current efforts to stop this threat to world peace.  Current problems, especially in Darfur, were highlighted in this informative presentation held on Thursday, November 1, 2007, in 207 Colston Hall.

Is Global Warming a Local Issue?
This International Education Week workshop, “Is Global Warming a Local Issue?”, was presented by biology professor Dr. Claudio Mazzatenta on Wednesday, November 15, 2006. It explored the science of global warming, what it means for the world today, and what it means for the BCC community.  Of particular importance was a discussion about how the College can become green.

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