International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities

Please join us for the next Faculty Seminar Series talk:

International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities

by:  Professor Marianne Larsen, Faculty of Education

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015

Time:  1:00 – 2:00 pm

Location:  Room 1010, Faculty of Education Building

International service learning (ISL) programs are growing more popular with university students looking to advance their skills and knowledge to become global citizens. While the benefits of these programs among students are well documented, little is known about the implications they have on the host communities themselves. In this presentation, Marianne Larsen will talk about the work in her newly edited book entitled International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities.  Drawing primarily upon the  introduction and concluding chapters of the book, she will review the main findings from the case studies presented in the volume about the impact of ISL programs on Global South host communities and findings from the second section  of the book about of how we can re-envision relationships between ISL students, faculty/program planners, and host communities to create mutually engaging learning experiences. In particular, she will focus on the paradigm shift that is required to develop a relational approach to ISL partnerships, drawing upon Emmanuel Levinas’ work on human subjectivity, the ethics of the ‘Other’ and notion of responsibility to [and with] the ‘Other’.

All are welcome. Bring your lunch and we will supply coffee and cookies.

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