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February 5, 2015
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In this Issue:

The Big Think: Alone Together

The Big Think is a text-based lively discussion that takes up an issue related to education abroad, but from a viewpoint outside the field. This year’s Big Think considers Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, and will be offered as a session at The Forum’s 11th Annual Conference on Thursday, March 26, 10:45 a.m.
Participants will discuss the book’s view of the role that technology has taken in both our personal and professional lives. Are we substituting authentic communication for technologically-mediated interaction? Does this create a new form of solitude? Alone Together examines how technology and social media impact our emotional lives, attention spans, and definitions of friendship. The discussion will focus on how the changes in technology have impacted the study abroad experience – both in working with students on campus as well as when they are abroad – and how we can best manage it all. Colleagues who plan to attend are encouraged to read the book in preparation for the session.
Watch the interview of Sherry Turkle, author of Alone Together, on the Colbert Report:

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Webinar Recording Available to Forum Members: Changes in U.S.-Cuba Relations and Implications for Education Abroad

Forum members who were unable to attend yesterday’s webinar on education abroad in Cuba are invited to access the webinar recording online. Facilitators discuss the regulatory changes and how they affect travel to Cuba, education abroad operations, academic considerations, and capacity issues.
Webinar Facilitators:
Jerry Guidera, Spanish Studies Abroad
Kendall Brostuen, Brown University
Erika Ryser Garcia, IFSA-Butler
Prema Samuel, Sarah Lawrence College
Annual conference attendees in New Orleans are invited to learn more about U.S.-Cuba relations at a Lunchtime Conversation on Thursday, March 26, from 12-1:30 p.m.

Draft Your Team Now to Improve Emergency Preparedness

This year’s Standards of Good Practice Institute: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management is designed to train teams of professionals (education abroad, risk management, legal counsel, public safety, student life, etc.) from organizations to work together to improve risk management plans through continuous review, practice and assessment. Experts will provide realistic training to teach effective ways to respond to emergencies. Participants will leave with the skills and resources needed to lead crisis planning training at their organization. Sending a team from your organization is not required but strongly encouraged.
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Forum Workshop on Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management

The Forum will deliver a workshop, Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8), on Thursday, April 9 at Portland State University.

This Standards of Good Practice workshop will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. After examining the data available (including The Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will consider how this specific Standard works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing an effective risk management plan. Participants will practice applying different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field.
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Workshop in Milwaukee, WI: Clery Act, VAWA and Title IX

The Forum on Education Abroad will deliver a full-day workshop, U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA & Related Obligations for Education Abroad, on Sunday, April 12 at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Co-sponsored by the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), this workshop will address implications for education abroad as a result of recent federal activity: the Violence Against Women Act; Title IX and the revision to the Handbook for the Clery Act.
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Professional Certification for Education Abroad

Click here to learn more about who is participating in The Forum's Professional Certification Program

Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, February 20: Regular registration deadline for workshop at The Ohio State University
Wednesday, February 25: Regular registration deadline for the 11th Annual Conference
Friday, February 27:  Standards workshop at The Ohio State University
Wednesday, March 25:  Pre-conference workshops
Wednesday, March 25 - Friday, March 27:  11th Annual Forum Conference in New Orleans
Saturday, March 28: Post-conference workshop on the Clery Act, VAWA and Title IX

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