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.

Spring 2017 Country of Focus: Mexico

This Semester (Spring 2017) we will focus on Mexico - our first Latin American country.  Beyond the headlining news that keeps our neighbor to the south constantly in spotlight or the regularly scheduled mission and service trips that stop there, we want to allow speakers to share about this country that is rich of history, heritage and culture.  

  • Thursday, February 16, 3:30pm-5:00pm (Kinlaw Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Library) 

"There isn't one Mexico.  There are many Mexicos."  This is a seminar featuring Professor Adriana Rivera.  Come hear about the richness fo the Mexican culture and the diversity that can be found within.  In this talk, we will hear an overview of some of the traditions that Mexicans celebrate and of the history, customs and foods associatedw ith them and how they vary across the country.

Professor Rivera teaches courses on Spanish langauge, Latin American culture and civilization, and Hispanic literature at Asbury, hoping to promote a deeper understanding of Hispanic cultures.  She specializes in the literature of second-and-third-generation authors of the Spanish Republican Exile in Mexico.

GEO Expo: Education Abroad Fair

Thursday, September 22, 11am-1:30pm (Student Center)

The Global Engagement Office will be hosting its 2nd 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.

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


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 2016 Country of Focus: France

As we gear up for another Paris Semester (Fall 2017), GEO will be focusing on its first nation on the European Continent, France.  Known around the world as the capitol of arts, fashion, romance, Paris (and France) is more than just that.  Our speakers will be addressing current issues, such as terrorist attacks, as well as giving insight to life in France.

  • Thursday, September 29, 3:30pm-5:00pm (Kinlaw Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Library) 

A seminar featuring our very own Dr. Linda Stratford, who is also the director of the Paris Semester. How does the history and culture of France, with its wealth of historic markers calling for “Liberty, Equality and Brotherhood”, point to the big questions at the center of human existence?  What was it like to live through the last several terrorist incidents in Paris? Come hear Dr. Stratford offer accounts of what it is like to receive an education in the City of Light.

A historian of art and society, Linda Stratford has produced a number of publications focused on the ways in which the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion have impacted the reception of art, with particular focus on expressionist abstraction in post-World War II France. She directs a semester abroad program in Paris for Asbury University. Recently her interests in the means by which artistic initiatives come to be viewed as belonging, or not belonging within the framework of a community have led her to question the largely secular methodologies in art history and criticism today.  She is the co-author with James Romaine, of ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art.

  • Tuesday, October 11, 3:30pm-4:30pm (Kinlaw Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Library)

Professor Dezirae Shukla will be presenting on "The French at Work, Play...and On Strike?".  She will explore the differences between the French and American workweeks, as well as how and where the French vacation.  We'll also see how the recent labor strikes, while seemingly shocking to work-loving Americans, are reflective of cultural tradition.

Since 2012, Professor Shukla has taught courses at Asbury University on French langauge, literature, culture and civilization.  In May 2015, she accepted an invitation to teach in Normandy, France with the Chez Vous Summer Study Abroad Program.

  • Wednesday, November 16, 3:30pm-5:00pm (Kinlaw Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Library)

A Significant Difference - Missions and Ministry in the USA and France.  Dr. Paul Blair, drawing on his education and experience as an American missionary in France, will delve into the History, Culture, Arts, Philosophy and L'art deVivre - what it means to be French - in order to illuminate the religious environment of France. 

Spring 2016 Region of Focus: South Africa

As we approach the South Africa Campus Forum (April 13-15), GEO will be focused on setting the stage for discussions on the complex history of South Africa and some of the universal struggles its history represents, such as racial reconciliation.  The Forum will be featuring a large international art exhibit as well as visiting Chapel speakers.  GEO will be hosting the following seminars:

  • "South Africa's Journey to an Uncertain Future" - Tuesday, March 22, 3pm-4:30pm (Kinlaw Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Library)

A seminar featuring Dr. Steve Offutt.  He will help us understand South Africa's history starting from the turn of the 20th century, as well as introduce main historical events and contemporary challenges as it pertains to different groups that make up South Africa.  This seminar will set the stage for the South Africa Chapel Forum chapel speakers.

Steve Offutt went to South Africa for the first time in 1997 to work for an evangelical group called African Enterprise (AE). AE was heavily involved in reconciliation work at the time South Africa’s transition to democracy, and Steve joined in its interaction with South Africa’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission as well as with bridge building encounters among youth across racial and ethnic divides. Now a professor at Asbury Theological Seminary, Steve wrote about South Africa in his recent book, New Centers of Global Evangelicalism in Latin America and Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

 Cultural refreshments sponsored by the Kinlaw Library.

  • "Journeying with Hope: Stories through Peoples Divided and in New Lands"- Tuesday, April 12, 3pm-4:30pm (Kinlaw Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Library)

Despite their difficult past, The Emedi Brothers stand upon rich Christian values as gifted artists, singers, motivational speakers and writers to offer an amazing story of hope.  They believe that it is possible to transcend tribal and racial divides, embrace those who just look different from us, distinctively integrate and responsibly live in any host land.  They continue to be a blessing and despite challenges, still dare to dream big. 

The seminar will feature The Emedi Brothers’ journey of hope, along with their beautiful vocals and talented artworks.  Kiza, Philippe and Babele are originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country extremely rich in natural resources, but torn by civil war that has claimed more than six million lives. They have faced tribal divide, suffered unrest in DRC, lived as refugees in Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, and survived xenophobic attacks in South Africa before relocating to the U.S. in 2010 and 2015 respectively.

Cultural refreshments sponsored by the Kinlaw Library.

  • Movie on the Green - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - Friday, April 15, 8:30pm-11:30pm (Reasoner Green)

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.  Official trailer.

Co-sponsored with the Office of Intercultural Programs and funded by the Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Program.

Fall 2015 Region of Focus: The Middle East & the Muslim Faith

  • "Who is My Neighbor? Sharing Life with Muslims in the U.S." - Wednesday, September 23, 4pm-5pm (Kinlaw Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Library)

A seminar on cross-cultural friendships and ministry work right here in Kentucky.  Featuring: Todd Martin, Missionary to International Students  

Todd serves as a missionary to international students with Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, KY.  He has been ministering to international studentsat the University of Kentucky since 2004. Previously, he served in international study ministry at the University of Louisville, while studying at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Cultural refreshments sponsored by the Kinlaw Library.

  • A Documentary Screening: 5 Broken Cameras - Thursday, October 29, 11am-12:30pm (Bennett-Bernard, Morrison 206A)

A documentary film about life in a West Bank village and the effects of conflicts between nations on every day civilian lives.  

 Nominated for an Oscar®, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal first-hand account of life and nonviolent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village where Israel is building a security fence. Palestinian Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, shot the film and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi co-directed. The filmmakers follow one family’s evolution over five years, witnessing a child’s growth from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him. The film is a Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production.

  A light lunch will be served.  Please RSVP:

  • What is God doing in the Middle East in Response to ISIS, Islamic Radicalization & the Syrian Refugee Crisis? - Wednesday, November 18, 3pm-4:30pm (Kinlaw Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Library)

A seminar featuring Dr. Don Little, Houghton College & The Lilias Trotter Center

The Middle East has been on Don Little’s heart since he first spent a year in Cairo in 1980. Don, along with his family, served as a church planter in North Africa from 1988 to 1998. After his return to Canada, he led his mission in Canada for 8 years. Since 2007, he has been serving as missiologist with Pioneers. In this role, he travels across the Muslim world consulting with church planting teams and training. He visited Turkey and Lebanon in both 2014 & 2015. Dr. Little has been teaching courses on Islam and ministry to Muslim at Houghton College part-time since 2008.

Cultural refreshments sponsored by the Kinlaw Library.


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