8th Annual Conference Highlights
More than 1,200 colleagues from 48 states and 24 countries participated in the Forum’s 8th Annual Conference in Denver last week. There were many highlights of the conference, some of which are described below. Local hospitality, fine weather and a great venue combined to provide attendees with an unforgettable conference experience.
Thanks and Praise
The Forum extends its sincere thanks to the many individuals, institutions and organizations that made the 8th
Annual Conference a success:
Conference Planning Committee; Kim Kreutzer, Chair
Conference Host Institutions
Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors
Session Leaders, Presenters and Facilitators
Workshop Leaders and Facilitators
Standards Institute Planning Committee; Betsy Brewer and Kelly McLaughlin, Co-Chairs
The Conference Attendees
Richard Slimbach Delivers Keynote Address
The Conference opened with Richard Slimbach’s ground-breaking plenary speech, “The Fate of Civilization and the Future of Study Abroad: From Doorstep to Planet,” in which he provocatively questioned the dynamics that have traditionally defined education abroad. Drawing on his experiences as both a professor and education abroad program administrator, and a range of thinkers that included poet-farmer Wendell Berry, Slimbach described how the fate of civilization depends on our ability to conceive of a local-to-global model of learning and experience. He challenged education abroad professionals to play a key role in helping to re-imagine our global future for our students and the planet. Slimbach’s words made a lasting impression as participants continued to reference his speech in conference sessions and conversations. Attendees received a hard copy publication of the longer essay upon which the address was based, and it is available as a PDF: http://www.forumea.org/plenary12.cfm
Booth and Vande Berg Each Receive Wollitzer Award
The Wollitzer Award Selection Committee chose to honor two founding Forum Board members this year: Jon Booth (Syracuse University Abroad) and Michael Vande Berg (CIEE). Michael Calo read the citation honoring Booth, while Martin Hogan (CIEE) read the citation honoring Vande Berg. More details about the Award, and the citations, may be read here: http://www.forumea.org/wollitzeraward.cfm
The Forum congratulates these two outstanding colleagues for their many contributions to the education abroad field.
Undergraduate Research Awards
Once again, the Forum’s Undergraduate Research Awards were a highlight of the Annual Conference. Award winners Richard Hong and Claire Jenson presented their interesting research at a plenary luncheon with their parents in attendance. To learn more, visit http://www.forumea.org/research-awards.cfm
A special publication, “Lasting Lessons: Following up with Recipients of the Forum's Undergraduate Research Award,“ was given to Awards Luncheon attendees. The publication details the current lives of past winners of the Forum's Undergraduate Research Award, and is available on the Forum web site: Lasting Lessons: Following up with Recipients of the Forum's Undergraduate Research Award
and will be sent to all Forum members that did not attend the conference.
State of the Field Survey Report Released
Conference attendees received a publication reporting State of the Field Survey 2011 results. The publication is being mailed to Forum institutional members who did not attend the conference, and it is also available on the Forum web site: http://www.forumea.org/research-data.cfm
Conference Session Materials Available
Conference session materials are being uploaded onto the Forum website as they become available: http://www.forumea.org/Sessions2012.cfm
Session presenters are reminded to send their materials to the Forum as soon as possible.
Publications to be Mailed to Members
Forum institutional members who did not attend the Annual Conference will be receiving the following publications that were provided to conference attendees:
The State of the Field Survey 2011
Lasting Lessons: Following up with Recipients of the Forum's Undergraduate Research Award
Richard Slimbach’s plenary address: “The Fate of Civilization and the Future of Study Abroad: From Doorstep to Planet”
All Forum institutional members will also be receiving the latest volume of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad