“Creating Communities for Communication and Connection”

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of the Third

Worldwide Forum

on Education and


Creating Communities for

Communication and Connection”

Rome, Italy

Hosted by John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233, 00165 Rome

November 12-14, 2003

Conference Director: Dr. Bruce C. Swaffield, School of Communication & the Arts, Regent University

Third Annual Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture”
Rome, Italy ~ November 17-19, 2004
Proposals are now being accepted for a third annual conference on international education issues in Rome, November 2004. Presentations related to the theme of “Creating Communities for Communication and Connection” are welcome from educators throughout the world. The primary mission of this unique forum is to allow researchers and scholars an open opportunity to discuss innovative and diverse ways of advancing education and culture among all nations. A multilingual translation facility will allow speakers from other countries to present in their native languages.
Because we are now living in a global community, improving education and communication all over the world is necessary if we are to become successful neighbors in the 21st century. Designing new methods for interaction among counties and cultures is essential for individuals, communities and government organizations.
Those with presentations in one or more of the following areas are invited to share their work with other professionals at all levels of teaching and learning

  • Resolving political and religious differences among diverse cultures and races

  • Understanding and improving educational systems in developing nations

  • Creating new methods and ideologies for intercultural communication

  • Promoting multicultural language skills for citizens of all countries

  • Assisting NGOs in establishing a worldwide network for cooperation and peace

  • Developing solutions to teach students how to appreciate other cultures

Each speaker will have 20 minutes in which to address the entire assembly. All sessions will be conducted primarily during the mornings. Afternoons will be devoted to further discussion of ideas, free time and optional educational tours to nearby historic locations. A maximum of 30 scholars will be invited to present their work at the conference.

A manuscript of all presentations will be published in a journal of annual proceedings following the conference.
Cost of registration is $125 per person. Discounted lodging will be available at small hotels near the university. For more information or a proposal form, please contact Conference Director Dr. Bruce C. Swaffield, of Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA), at: brucswa@regent.edu There will be an optional trip by private bus to Siena on Nov. 17, available for $45 per person.
Deadline for all proposals is April 16, 2004. Presenters will be notified of acceptance within three to four weeks, following a juried review and approval of all proposals.

Thursday, Nov. 18
9:30 – 10:00 Welcome by John Cabot University President James Creagan, who will introduce Deputy Chief of Mission to the Holy See, Mr. D. Brent Hardt
10:15 – 10:45 Opening Keynote Presentation: Professor Maria Amata Garito, NETTUNO

10:50 – 12:00 Session A ~ Chair: Lorna Bell Shaw

~ “Postpartum identity and the rhetoric of rebirth: The changing roles of cultural identity of gender, blackness, and whiteness in public and private spaces of women across nations” by Lorna Bell Shaw, Lynn University

~ “Promoting Academic Success Through Dual Language Programs” by Lucia Buttaro, Adelphi University

~ “New Methods in Teaching Intercultural Education: Creative Pedagogy Using Language Arts” by Alfonso Nava, California State University
12:05 – 1:15 Session B ~ Co-chairs: Elizabeth Landerholm and Cynthia Gehrie

~ “A Comparison of the Use of Documentation by children, teachers, parents and student teachers in the Reggio Emilia approach to Early Childhood Education in Italy with the McCosh Even Start Family Literacy Project approach in the United States” by Elizabeth Landerholm, Northeastern Illinois University, and Cynthia Gehrie, Video Documentation Partnership

~ “Global Scholars: An Introduction to the exposure of culture and community service learning leadership development, and research: Middle School to Industry” by Karin Mae, National University
1:20 – 1:45 Session C ~ Chair: Amalia Torrealba

~ “Venezuela and the Chemistry Olympiad: To participate is to learn” by Amalia Torrealba, Olimpiada de Quimica Venezolana, Asociación Venezolana de Olimpíadas de Química, AVOQUIM

~ Lunch break ~
3:30 – 5:00 Visit to NETTUNO Headquarters near Largo Argentina; all delegates are invited to tour the main offices of this national on-line university
6:00 – 8:00 ~ Rooftop Reception at John Cabot University ~
Friday, Nov. 19
8:30 – 8:55 Session D ~ Conference Keynote Presentation

~ “Beyond Multicultural Education: The Importance of Multicultural Relationships” by Sharon Rush, University of Florida Levin College of Law

9:00 – 10:10 Session E ~ Chair: Judith Lessow Hurley

~ “Religious Diversity and Schooling: Issues and Resources” by Judith Lessow Hurley, San Jose State University

~ “Embracing Diversity: Teaching and Modeling Appreciation for Other Cultures” by Mary Ann Clark, University of Florida

10:15 – 11:00 Session F ~ Chair: Anne R. Richards

~ “Internet-Mediated Intercultural Learning: Collaboration between Tunisian and U.S. Teachers and students of Professional Communication” by Anne R. Richards, Kennesaw State University

~ “Bridging the Digital Divide: A case study of the Des Moines, Iowa, Enterprise Community Initiative” Adriana Gonzales, Morton College

11:05 – 12:15 Session G ~ Chair: Dallas McCurley

~ “Theatre Games: An active means of teaching students to appreciate other cultures” by Dallas McCurley, Queens College CUNY

~ “Seeing Differently” by Raymond Maxwell, Cornish College of the Arts

~ “’He Changed His Name, He Got What Was Coming to Him’: Teaching American Literature in Singapore” by Gilbert Adair, Independent Scholar

~ Lunch break ~
1:45 – 2:10 Session H ~ Special Focus Presentation

~ “A Common Identity: Moving Towards Mutual Understanding and Acceptance Between Africans and African-Americans” by Verona Mitchell-Agbemadi, Bethel University & Seminary

2:15 – 3:25 Session I ~ Chair: Jane Davis

~ “Looking Beyond ‘Evil’: Demonization vs. Understanding after 9/11” by Jane Davis, Iowa State University

~ “Radical Pedagogy in the Wake of September 11th” by Beth Jorgensen, Simpson College

~ “The Seven Laws of Teaching” and “Journalists in Peril” by Bruce C. Swaffield, Regent University

3:30 – 4:40 Session J ~ Chair: Ann Whitaker

~ “Connecting Students to Different Cultures: A Pedagogical Paradigm” Ann Whitaker, Northeastern Illinois University

~ “Affordable Housing for Chicago’s Puerto Rican and Other Latino Communities” by Noemy Quinones, Coalition of Latin American Ministers, Southern New Hampshire University

~ “How to Communicate and Connect with Immigrant Parents to Partner in Education” by Deanna Perez Williams, University of Arkansas

~ Coffee break ~
5:00 – 5:25 Session K ~ Chair: Fernando Castro-Gutierrez

~ “Ethnomathematics: A bridge between cultures” by Fernando Castro-Gutierrez, Universidad Pedagogica Experimental Libertado and Universidad Simon Bolivar

5:30 – 6:30 Roundtable Discussion ~ Moderator: Judith Lessow Hurley

~ All delegates are invited to participate in this summary discussion on the issues and ideas presented during the conference

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