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Through regular programs and events, the Global Engagement Office seeks to showcase different parts of the world and give students, faculty and staff members many opportunities to learn about different cultures, current events and issues, and even a chance to learn a new language.  These events and activities should allow for meaningful dialogues and exchanges of ideas.  These should also be opportunities to gain better understanding of different perspectives, not only of those abroad but closer to home.  We are equally committed to preparing our students and campus community to engage and understand the diverse cultures that make up our own community.

GEOtalk Seminars

Every semester the Global Engagement Office will choose a country of focus and showcase its culture, language, and history through informal series of seminars.  Conversations will be hosted by experts and professors from the Asbury University community.  If you are interested in global topics, learning about other cultures, and hearing how God is working in different cultures, then GEO Seminar is a great way to learn more and meet others with similar interests!

Spring 2018 Topics: Global Issues

Instead of focusing on a different country or region in the world this semester (Spring 2018), we will be focusing on global topics. 

Wednesday, January 17, 4 – 5 p.m. (Kinlaw Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Library) 

GEO Talk posterPresentation by Steve Strickland (’00)

Title: The Intersection of Diplomacy, Security and Faith

Summary:Drawing from his experiences as a diplomat and special agent in Africa, the Middle East and Europe, Strickland shares how his faith informs and influences his responsibilities of providing a safe and secure environment for the conduct of U.S. foriegn policy.

A native of Southern California, Steve graduated from Asbury College (2000) where he met his wife, Elizabeth.  Steve and Elizabeth have two children – Aslyn (16) and Jackson (14).  Steve joined the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service in 2005 as a Bureau of Diplomatic Security Specialt Agent.  With diplomatic postings to Africa (Senegal, with extended duties in Guinea Bissau, Chad, and Burundi), the Middle East (United Arab Emirates and Iraq), and Europe (Slovenia), Steve has lived or traveled representing the U.S., in more than 40 countries.  In addition to investigativce and security management responsibilities, Steve is regularly tasked with protecting foreign dignitaries from around the world.

Wednesday, February 7, 4 – 5 p.m. (Kinlaw Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Library) 

Presentation by Clint Baldwin, Executive Director of Word Made Flesh

Title: Short-Term Cross-Cultural Faith-based, Missional Experience: How Should We Engage?

Summary: Some suggest that only long-term and/or indigenous missional engagement is helpful and not harmful.  Others see no problem with short-term missional work in what appears to be just about any permutation.  Upon reflection, arguably more beneficial spaces exist on the continuum between these two perspectives.  The goal in this brief session is to review some ideas that can facilitate healthier interactions.

Clint Baldwin is the Executive Director of Word Made Flesh, a faith-based international community advocacy and development mission started in 1991 by Asbury University undergraduate students.  WMF has staff that live long-term around the world — South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania — in communities experiencing significant poverty and oppression.  Along with work at WMF, after 15 years of teaching and administration in higher educaiton including being Assistant Professor of International Studies and Director of Global Studies at George Fox University, Clint appreciates continuing to teach at Asbury University. 

Wednesday, March 7, 4 – 5 p.m. (Kinlaw Boardroom, Basement, Farm Boys Room) 

Presentation by Mary Cobb, Lexington Office Director of Kentucky Refugee Ministries


Wednesday, April 11, 4 – 5 p.m. (Kinlaw Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Library) 

Presentation by Kim Okesson, Asbury University’s Career & Calling Assistant Director


Global Learning Day 2018

Global Learning Day

Friday, January 19, 10am Chapel, 11:30am Talk Back

Through Chapel speakers, a talk back session and a special cafeteria lunch emphasizing international cuisines, our campus will have the opportunity to learn what students and alumni are doing to prepare themselves for a global society and in turn, make positive and responsible impact for Christ.  We define global as both the local and global communitites.  Purposeful, meaningful global learning can occur on and off campus; transformative global experiences can happen abroad or right here in the U.S. Join us as we hear how Asburians are engaging with the global society!

10:00am Chapel (Hughes Auditorium)

11:30-12:30pm Talk Back (Cafeteria Dougherty Dining Room)

Fall 2017 GEOtalk Topics: Global Issues

Instead of focusing on a different country or region in the world this semester (Fall 2017), we will be focusing on global topics. 

Wednesday, September 13, 4 – 5 p.m. (Kinlaw Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Library) 

Red-Light Rescue posterPresentation by Dr. David Swartz and Dr. Lisa Swartz

Title: Red-Light Rescue: The Anti-Trafficking Movement in Thailand

Summary:David and Lisa spent several months in Thailand on sabbatical researching the American anti-trafficking movement. They interviewed 90 Thai and American activists working on the ground in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. They will be reporting on their findings.

Dr. David R. Swartz is an associate professor of history at Asbury University. He is the author of “Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism” (2012) and is working on a second book on how American Christians are shaped by global encounters. Dr. Lisa Weaver Swartz, a sociologist, recently earned her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Her research considers the gender practices of American evangelicals.

Wednesday, October 18, 4 – 5 p.m. (Kinlaw Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Library) 

Appreciation vs. Appropriation posterPresentation by Professor Henry Zonio 

Title: Appreciation vs. Appropriation: Where is the Line?

Summary: As the world is more globalized, we are exposed to and encounter a multitude of cultures. This comes in the form of clothing, music, food, language, art, and much more! As responsible global citizens and Christ followers, how do we navigate the fuzzy line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation? What do these
terms even mean? This is an evolving dialogue with no easy answers. Come join the conversation.

Professor Zonio is a ’97 alum, and later received his MA from San Jose State University. He served as a children’s pastor for more than 10 years. Currently, he is a Sociology Ph.D. student at the University of Kentucky researching how young children negotiate categories of race and the meanings attached to those categories within their peer groups in the context of religious education programs at the churches they attend. His research interests are childhoods, families, inequalities and religion.

Wednesday, November 15, 4 – 5 p.m. (Kinlaw Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Library) 

Human Dignity posterPresentation by Dr. Paul Nesselroade

Title: Can Science Help Us be Our Brother’s Keeper? Human Dignity in the Age of Science

Summary: The Christian doctrine of the fall provides a context for understanding the perennial issue of the mistreatment of other people. Particular focus will be placed on the employment  of scientific ideology, terminology, and personality in the effort to marginalize and eliminate certain peoples. The history of the emergence of the ‘social sciences,’ the eugenics movement, and scientific racism will be addressed and their relation to current cultural debates will be explored.

Dr. Paul Nesselroade, alum of ’89, has served as a professor of Psychology at Asbury since 2002. He received his Ph.D. is Experimental Social Psychology from the University of Louisville in 1998. His current interests include the history of the social sciences and the use of scientific authority to address issues of human meaning. As a result of these interests, he leads a study-abroad experience each spring to Central and Eastern Europe to explore various Holocaust-related sites.  Currently Dr. Nesselroade is on sabbatical preparing an undergraduate statistics textbook for Wiley and Sons Publishers.

GEO EXPO: Education Abroad Fair 2017

Thursday, September 7, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Student Center)

The Global Engagement Office will be hosting its 3rd Annual Education Abroad Fair!  This is for students who are looking for opportunities to complete their CCE 073 and/or interested in Studying Abroad or participating in an Off-Campus Program.  There will be different vendors/organizations there, including Study Abroad, Work/Teach Abroad, Mission Abroad, and also cross-cultural stateside programs. We will also have an ISIC (travel insurance) card and Passport/Visa photo station.

If you are a vendor interested in having a booth at this event, please fill out this form.

*Coffee from the Hiccup and Donuts from North Lime and Donut Days will be available along with raffle drawings for gift certificates!

International Education Week 2017

Monday, November 13 – Saturday, November 18, ALL WEEK (Location: Various)

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of their efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.  Through the Asbury’s Global Engagement Office, we will be participating in this around the world effort to promote global learning and exchanges. 

Click here for more information.