Seminars and Events

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!

Fall 2017 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. 

  • Red-Light Rescue posterWednesday, September 13, 4 - 5 p.m. (Kinlaw Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Library) 

Presentation 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.

  • Appreciation vs. Appropriation posterWednesday, October 18, 4 - 5 p.m. (Kinlaw Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Library) 

Presentation 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.

  • Human Dignity posterWednesday, November 15, 4 - 5 p.m. (Kinlaw Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Library) 

Presentation 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

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

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 theirefforts 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. 

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GEO & Office of Intercultural Affairs Present: Global Learning Day

Friday, January 19, ALL DAY (Location: Various)

In collaboration with the Office of Intercultural Affairs, GEO will be co-hosting its first ever Global Learning Day!  Through chapel speakers, a talk back session, and a Poster Presentation Session & Reception, our campus will have the opportunity to learn about the academic studies, research work, service projects, mission/ministry related outreach, and/or cultural explorations of our students, faculty and staff members. We define global as both the local and global communities. Purposeful, meaningful global learning can occur on-and-off-campus; impactful global experiences can happen abroad or right here stateside. This will be a chance for us to showcase the amazing efforts coming out of Asbury University.  Join us as we travel around the world without ever leaving campus!

10:00am Chapel (Hughes Auditorium)

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

3:00pm-5:00pm Poster Presentation Session and Reception (Kinlaw Library)

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