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One of the complex and slightly paradoxical tasks we practice in global citizenship education is that of positing ourselves as change agents while also attempting to decenter ourselves in a world of others.

 In Lehigh’s second Conference on Global Citizenship Education, we will think about protagonism, self-awareness, ways of decentering the self, seeing others as full protagonists, and maybe all of us as non-protagonists on our rapidly changing planet … What speculations, poems, policy ideas or other thoughts do these ideas bring up? Please join us for a virtual conference that will be widely open to academics, NGO leaders, DEI workers, educators, activists, artists, poets and those in between.

Photo: "Both Worlds," Cecilia Paredes

Conference on Global Citizenship Education

Everyone is a Protagonist; No One is a Protagonist: Decentering Ourselves in Global Citizenship Education

Thursday, December 9, 2021
Virtual Conference

Center for Global Citizenship Education
Lehigh University

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Conference Schedule
Time (EST)SessionPresenters
9:00 am - 9:30 amWelcome and Overview: Everyone is a Protagonist; No One is Protagonist

Cheryl Matherly, Vice President and Vice Provost for International Affairs, Lehigh University

Lina Rodríguez, Professor of Practice and Director, Global Citizenship Program, Lehigh University

9:30 am - 10:15 amKeynote: Looking at Global Citizenship from a Renaissance PerspectiveHilary Link, President, Allegheny College
10:15 am - 10:30 amBreak 
10:30 am - 11:15 am

From Margin to Center

Inspired by the salient work of Patricia Hill Collins, this facilitated dialogue will 
guide participants through a critical analysis of the intersections of social 
location and social identities. As opportunities for work and study around the 
globe expand, we ask the important questions of "why now" and "who 

Rita Jones, Director, Center for Gender Equity, Lehigh University

Clara Buie, Associate Director, Office for Multicultural Affairs, Lehigh University

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Re-Centering Land-Based Ecological and Cultural Knowledge Systems for Health Equity

How can sociological ad public health research with indigenous communities center different ways of knowing and seeing? Maya Magarati will draw from her experiences working with culturally centered, community-based practices in indigenous communities in the United States, and her own lived experiences as an Indigenous Magar from Nepal.

Maya Magarati, Researcher, School of Social Work, University of Washington
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLunch break 
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Alternative Routes

It was when l relocated to Philadelphia in 2004, that l began my “landscape" series. I started to do the performances where I appear camouflaged or almost integrated to the background that surrounded me. The illusion of "disappearing" into the landscape has behind the theme of re-location after displacement and migration and how one has to adjust, without forgetting one’s origins. 

Cecilia Paredes, Artist (Lima, Peru/Philadelphia)
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Sharing the Journey of The Queen of Water, a Life-Changing Book Collaboration

María Virginia Farinango, an indigenous Ecuadorian psychologist, and Colorado-based author Laura Resau will share the difficult yet ultimately inspiring story of María Virginia’s childhood in the Andes and discuss the process, challenges, and rewards of their collaboration to create the young adult novel, The Queen of Water.

Laura Reseau (Colorado, United States) and Maria Virginia Farinango (Otavalo, Ecuador)
2:30 pm - 2:45 pmBreak 
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Centrando, Descentando, y Re-centrando Nuestro Trabajo: Perspectivas sobre la Ciudadanía Global

Please note: This session will be in Spanish, without translation.

Colleagues from UNAI, UNESCO and the Universidad Ana G. Méndez (Puerto Rico) will converse around this theme of centering/decentering, drawing from their research and professional experiences.

Sandra Guzmán Figueroa, Professor/Research, Universidad Ana G. Méndez

Omar Hernández, Public Information Officer, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

Romina Kasman, Education Specialist, UNESCO 

Angel M Ginorio Martínez, Professor, Universidad Ana G. Méndez

Moderated by Lina Rodríguez

3:30 pm - 3:45 pmBreak 
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Longing to Belong

In this final session, panelists from Hawaii will engage in a talk-story around themes of intense longing and the desire to belong as experienced in Hawaii, touching on such topics as identities, Micronesians and native Hawaiians, race and history. They will raise questions around how to educate toward belonging.

Jonathon Osorio, Dean, School of Hawaiian Knowledge, University of Hawaii

Yann Lussiez, Lower School Director, Kamehameha School, Maui

Mary Hattori, Interim Director, Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center

Facilitated by James Perez Viernes, Regional Engagement and Development Officer of the Pacific Islands Development Program, East West Center

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