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New publication: Diversity and Complexity

Camilla Pagani's latest book, Diversity and Complexity, addresses the issue of our relationships with diversity within a theoretical framework. It considers not only the psycho-social perspective but also, and pre-eminently, that of complexity science, proposing a broad definition of diversity.

This work focuses on cross-cultural relations among young people with themes of racism and empathy throughout. The analysis draws on considerable data obtained by the author and her research group in her study of attitudes towards multiculturalism among children and adolescents. A chapter devoted to relationships with animals considers interspecies diversity.

Pagiani’s view is that this complexity is an intrinsic part of our reality and must be seen through this lens.

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New publication: Collaborative Learning in a Global World

“Collaborative Learning in a Global World” was edited by Miri Shonfeld, Kibbutzim College of Education and David Gibson, Curtin University.

The 21st century has brought about changes in every aspect of life thanks to our interconnectedness, technology and the social media. Distances between cultures and continents have contracted and the world has become flat; multicultural work-teams with members from different countries have become a daily of global businesses.

These global changes have only just begun to impact education. Researchers and policy makers largely agree that today’s students require skills in shared knowledge construction and multicultural teamwork. Educational systems in several different countries are placing more emphasis on these skills and their implementation. Collaborative learning presents a significant challenge for many teachers and students.

The book surveys the current state of the field and provides theoretical guidance and practical examples to help bridge gaps in research, development and practice.

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Jody L. McBrien presents Educational Policies and Practices of English-Speaking Refugee Resettlement Countries

The international community has felt overwhelmed by refugees and asylum seekers since 2014. In 2018, UNHCR numbers of displaced people reached a record high of 68.5 million. Large numbers of refugees can result in turmoil and concern in resettlement countries.

Children are caught in the crossfire of social and political disagreements about migration; most of whom never chose to leave their homelands in the first place.

The book examines academic challenges faced by six English-speaking refugee resettlement countries, as well as successes and new approaches. Policymakers, teachers, social service providers, and the general public need to find ways to help resettled refugees become productive members in their new countries of residence.

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Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange (FILE) conference in Colle Val d'Elsa, Italy (near Florence) from October 27 - 29.

The annual Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange (FILE) is sponsored by the Intercultura Foundation in Colle di Val d’Elsa (Italy), the European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) and AFS Intercultural Programs in New York (USA).

This conference is an opportunity for academics, professionals, volunteers and practitioners who work in the field of intercultural education to meet, connect and learn about theories and field research. Over sixty experts, researchers and practitioners in international youth exchange and intercultural learning attend by invitation.

Information about previous events can be found on the FILE website.

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A History of Intercultural Education with Micheline Rey

Last January, IAIE member Micheline Rey was invited to speak at Ewha University in Séoul, Korea, at the International Intercultural Conference. Her presentation (in French), was entitled “Regard sur l’histoire de l’éducation interculturelle au Conseil de l’Europe”, or “A look at the history of intercultural education at the Council of Europe”.

Micheline’s presentation focused on the history of Intercultural Education in the Council of Europe. She explained that humans have always been migrants throughout history; from one village or one continent to another, there have always been encounters and reciprocal adjustments. Rey illustrated this point within the European context, observing that the origin of the European culture as related to Asia and Africa.

Prof. Jang Han-Up, chairman of the Conference and Prof. Micheline Rey, photo courtesy Ewha University in Séoul, Korea

IN MEMORIAM: Michele Kahn

It is with great sadness to announce that Michele Malamud Kahn, our friend and colleague, passed away on May 21, 2019 after 15 years of battling low-grade ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends.

Michele was an Associate Professor of Studies in Language and Culture at the University of Houston-Clear Lake since 2004, focusing on equity, diversity, communication and language. She was passionate about teaching and all aspects of social justice, and a fighter for LGBTQ rights. She served as the Secretary General of the IAIE and Associate Editor of the IAIE journal Intercultural Education, and co-founder of the new umbrella organization World Coalition for Equity and Diversity Education (WCEDE).

Michele was known for her kindness, caring and great sense of humor. She loved her family and friends, animals, traveling (in particular, to Greece), and reading. She was always ready for the next adventure.

photo courtesy the Kahn family
Michele did not speak widely about her illness, working until late 2018. Her passing leaves an empty space in our hearts; we are all better for having known her and lucky to have had her in our lives as long as we did.

The IAIE and HAIE (IAIE branch in Greece) will dedicate our next scheduled events to her memory. Please feel free to disseminate this news on behalf of IAIE Barry van Driel, President, Nektaria Palaiologou, Vice-President, Leslie Bash, Vice-President. iaie privacy policy