Students for a Better World: The Beyond the Classroom Blog

Stories, Resources, & More from the Beyond the Classroom (BTC) Program at University of Maryland

Public Seminar Series

Every semester, Beyond the Classroom sponsors two public seminar series (which may also be taken for undergraduate-level credit by any University of Maryland, College Park student), each focusing on a specific theme or civic issue.  We invite guest speakers from the non-profit and public sectors, host panel discussions by valued voices in the local community, and screen timely documentaries.

For Fall 2014, our public seminar series are:

A World Fit for Children? Rethinking Our Civic Responsibilities

A World Fit for Children? Rethinking Our Civic Responsibilities (Mondays from 7PM to 9PM in South Campus Commons Building 1, Room 1102)


Beyond Study Abroad: Global Citizenship, Citizen Diplomacy, & Careers in International & Cross-Cultural Engagement

Beyond Study Abroad: Global Citizenship, Citizen Diplomacy, & Careers in International & Cross-Cultural Engagement (Wednesdays from 6:30PM to 8:30PM in South Campus Commons Building 1, Room 1102)

The links below will take you to the Facebook event page for each of our upcoming public events, where you can find out more information and see who is planning to attend. Check this page regularly for updates as new events are announced!

Events for “A World Fit For Children?” (UNIV 399C):

Mon., Sept. 8:

Documentary: “One Day On Earth: The World’s Time Capsule”

Mon., Oct. 13:

Documentary: “Children of the Amazon”

Mon., Oct. 20:

A World Free of HIV/AIDS – Guest Speaker: Eric Bond, Senior Writer, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Foundation


Events for “Beyond Study Abroad” (UNIV 399X):

Part I: The “Other” International Students: Child and Youth Immigrants, and Current U.S. Immigration Issues

Photo by Associated Press

Photo by Associated Press.

Weds., Sept. 10:

Border Crossings & American DREAMers: Understanding the 2014 “Border Crisis” & Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Clark, Legal Program Assistant, CASA de Maryland

Weds., Sept. 17:

“Voices: Escucha!”: Stories & Lessons from Immigrant Children in U.S. Schools – Guest Speaker: Dr. Anita Pandey, Professor of Linguistics, Morgan State University

Weds., Sept. 24:

Addressing Legal, Social & Language Obstacles Facing Low-Income Immigrants – Guest Speaker: Sarah Block, Program Initiatives Coordinator, Ayuda 

Part II: Challenges for Cross-Cultural Engagement & Citizen Diplomacy in the 21st Century

Weds., Oct. 1:

Global Citizenship & the 21st Century “Disconnectivity Paradox”: Fostering Human Connectedness in a Digitally Distracted World – Guest Speaker: Kate Otto, Founder & Director, Everyday Ambassador 

Weds., Oct. 8:

Impact & J-1 International Exchange: “How do we know if we’re making a difference?” – Robert Fenstermacher, President & CEO, Cultural Vistas 

Weds., Oct. 15:

“Foreign Influence” & Security Clearance: Issues for Students Seeking Global Experience & U.S. Government Careers – Guest Speaker: Dr. Katherine Worboys Izsak, Associate Director for Education, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism & Responses to Terrorism (START)

Thurs., Oct. 23 (SPECIAL DATE!):

Interfaith Engagement for Global Peace: Navigating Commonalities & Differences – Guest Speaker: Dr. Jing Lin, Professor of International Education Policy, University of Maryland, College Park 

Part III: Careers & Programs in International Development & Education

Gathering in Seoul for Korea WEST

A gathering of U.S. non-profit and South Korean government officials in Seoul to collaborate on the Korea WEST international internship program for South Korean university students.

Weds., Oct. 29:

The Peace Corps Experience – Panel discussion by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Weds., Nov. 5:

International Development Through International Education: Lessons from the USAID Scholarship Program PRESTASI II for Indonesian Professionals – Guest Speaker: Rachael Fellabaum, Program Officer for International Development & Operations, Institute of International Education 

Weds., Nov. 12:

“Working World”: Careers in International Education, Exchange & Development – Guest Speaker: Dr. Sherry Lee Mueller, President Emeritus, National Council for International Visitors, & Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, American University, School of International Service 


Part IV: “Global Maryland”: (Re-)Envisioning the Globally-Engaged University

Weds., Nov. 19:

International Education Week Panel: Cultivating “Global Competencies” in UMD Students – Panel discussion by Directors of UMD global programs

BTC students at 2014 Sakura Matsuri

University of Maryland students in the Beyond the Classroom program volunteering at the 2014 Sakura Matsuri (Japanese street festival) in Washington, D.C.

Weds., Dec. 3:

Student Voices: Personal Stories of Crossing Borders – Panel discussion by UMD students & international students at UMD

Weds., Dec. 10:

Beyond Study Abroad: Proposals for Meaningful, Mindful, Impactful Student Exchange for Social Change – Study abroad program proposal presentations by UMD students


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