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October 20, 2016

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Plenary Speaker Announced for
The Forum’s 13th Annual Conference

Award-winning author, poet and screenwriter Sherman Alexie will give the Opening Plenary Address at the 13th Annual Conference in Seattle. His address, Security, Sovereignty, Selfishness: How to be a 21st Century American Nomad, will be delivered on Wednesday evening, March 29, followed immediately by the Welcome Reception.
Sherman Alexie connects readers around the world to the American Indian experience, making them laugh, cry, and think through his semi-autobiographical writings. One of The New Yorker’s 20 top writers for the 21st century, Alexie was described by Men’s Journal as “the world’s first fast-talking, wisecracking, mediagenic American-Indian superstar." His National Book Award-winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a #1 New York Times bestseller, was named the best Young Adult Book of all time by TIME
Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington, but it wasn’t until a college professor recognized his “intensity of language, passion, and energy” that he fully committed to writing. Shortly after, his first books of poetry were published, and he began developing into a gifted orator, telling tales of contemporary American Indian life with razor-sharp humor, unsettling candor, and biting wit.
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RFP Open for Hosting The Forum’s 4th European Conference

The Forum welcomes member institutions/organizations to submit a proposal to serve as host of its 2018 European Conference. The Forum plans to conduct its 4th European Conference in October 2018 for an expected 400-500 participants. The conference will span three days with an in-depth focus on and exploration of a theme that will be selected by The Forum’s European conference committee. Successful proposals will describe how the institution/organization can successfully meet the host requirements.
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3rd European Conference Reminders

Attendees of The Forum’s 3rd European Conference in Athens are reminded to complete the session and conference evaluations that were distributed via email. A summary of the conference evaluations will be reported in the coming weeks. Conference session presentations and materials are being uploaded to The Forum website as they become available. Photos from the conference are now available on The Forum’s Flickr site!

Middlebury C.V. Starr School in France: Meeting the Standards

This month, The Forum highlights Middlebury C.V. Starr School in France, which received recognition for meeting the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad in 2013.

Forum Storytellers Podcast: A Conversation with Jim Citron

Jim Citron, like few others, combines the experience and talents of educator, researcher, and on-site director with first-hand knowledge of the students’ lived experience abroad. At a time when study abroad conferences focused heavily on administrative concerns, Jim Citron brought into play the refreshing and revelatory voice of study abroad students themselves. Since his conference paper delivered at NAFSA in 1996, “Short-term study abroad: Integration, third culture formation, and re-entry,” the study abroad profession has been challenged to put the ambitions and shortcomings of the students’ lived experience abroad at the center of our discourse.
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The Forum Focus: Call for Submissions

The Forum Focus is an online publication that provides perspectives on current education abroad topics and issues in the field. The Forum invites colleagues to submit articles for consideration and ideas for future topics. The word limit for articles is 1,200 and is strictly enforced. The submission deadline for the next issue is November 4. Please send submissions to:
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Welcome New Member:

The Forum welcomes the following institutional member committed to the Standards of Good Practice:

Fullerton College

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Upcoming Workshops

Monday, October 24
SIT Study Abroad/SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, VT
Mission, Ethics & Integrity (Standards 1, 9 & The Code of Ethics)
Student Learning, Development & Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3)

Friday, November 4
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7)
Monday, November 14
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Mental Health Issues in Education Abroad

Tuesday, December 6
Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5)
Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management (Standard 8)
Tuesday, December 13
University of California - Santa Cruz, CA
Mental Health Issues in Education Abroad


Dates and Deadlines:

Monday, October 24: Standards Workshops in Brattleboro, VT
Friday, November 4: Standards Workshops in Columbus, OH
Friday, November 4: Submission deadline for The Forum Focus
Monday, November 14: Forum Workshop in Bozeman, MT
Friday, December 2: Application deadline for conference travel grants
Tuesday, December 6: Standards Workshops in Mississippi State, MS
Tuesday, December 13: Forum Workshop in Santa Cruz, CA
Friday, December 16: Deadline to submit nominations for 2017 Wollitzer Award

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