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Public Lecture by Diana Brydon at McMaster University

January 10, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Diana Brydon
“Building Transnational Research and Learning Cultures”
Thursday, January 10, 2013
2:00-3:30 p.m.
McMaster University, Gilmour Hall 111 (Council Chambers)

Lecture: Universities globally are developing  internationalization initiatives yet there is little consensus as to how   internationalization might best be achieved or why it matters. While   there is some talk of teaching global citizenship and advancing the   ‘diplomacy of knowledge,’ most of the arguments for internationalization   stress the need to compete in a global marketplace and the potential   economic benefits. Yet there are other models for thinking about   internationalization in twenty-first century contexts, which start with a   different set of problems to be addressed and questions we need to ask.   These models ask how universities can help their stakeholders engage   ethically with the world. They are based on the belief that universities   have a role to play in meeting the challenges posed by a changing world   order, but to play that role effectively, universities themselves will   need to change. In this lecture, I will ask how those of us working in   higher education might fulfill our traditional roles of knowledge   preservation, transmission, and creation in ways that can help our   communities (local, national, and global) negotiate the complexities of   our fast moving and deeply entangled world. This talk builds on my   experience working with feminist and postcolonial models of   transnational research and learning cultures within international,   interdisciplinary team projects examining “Globalization and Autonomy”   “Building Global Democracy,” and the “Brazil/Canada Knowledge Exchange:   Developing Transnational Literacy.”

Diana Brydon is Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies at the University of Manitoba.

Presented by the McMaster Seminar on Higher Education: Practice, Policy and Public Life.


January 10, 2013
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


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