Thursday, February 27, 2020

The full schedule for day 3 (Feb 27) is listed below with descriptions and bios for the presenters. Please be aware that there are two sessions scheduled in each time block.

9-10 a.m.

A Conversation with President Joyce McConnell and Vice Provost for International Affairs Kathleen Fairfax

Location: Longs Peak Room

Description: President McConnell and Vice Provost Fairfax will discuss the importance of internationalization in higher education.


10 a.m. – Noon

Visual Showcase of International Activities

Location: Ballroom D

Description: The Visual Showcase will be a chance for students, faculty and staff to communicate their international work or studies through visual media. Stations will be set up in the LSC ballrooms during a two-hour showcase open to the campus and community so that attendees can experience the exhibits as well as interact with the presenters.


BREAK: Noon – 1 p.m.


1-1:50 p.m.

Session 27: Child Emotional and Motivational Development in Cultural Context

Location: Room 312

Description: Culture is transmitted both symbolically and behaviorally. From how we construe who we are to how we think about raising happy, successful kids may all be the manifestation of the symbolic thought embedded in the particular culture. In more interdependent cultures, such as historically Chinese societies, individuals are raised to consider themselves from the perspective of social harmony and role obligation. In more independent cultures, such as United States, individuals are taught to emphasize their personal values and opinions.

The different mindsets may also manifest themselves in how parents in these cultures conceptualize their children’s daily activities and schoolwork as well as how children deal with emotionally arousing events. The two presenters in this panel will first present their past research that has inspired interesting dialogue between cultures. They will then introduce their current collaboration at CSU to understand cross-cultural differences in the ideal way for children to meet challenges.

Bios of presenters: Keng-Ling Lay received her Ph.D. in the U.S. and is an associate professor at National Taiwan University. She is currently a Fulbright senior scholar at CSU. Her research interests focus on how the culture-specificity of parent-child relationships is related to the development of children’s and adolescents’ mastery and achievement motivation.

Karen Caplovitz Barrett is a professor at CSU whose research focuses on the development of self-regulation of emotion, motivation, and behavior in children, and cultural and socialization influences on these. She has collaborated with colleagues from East Asia for over 30 years.

Session 28: International Experiences Lead to Local Impacts

Location: Room 322

Description: International service does not always have the best reputation. Often service trips are criticized for their short timelines and lack of sustainable planning. However, it is through international experiences that young adults are able to experience a world beyond their own and potentially find a life-long passion for service.

As a returned Peace Corps volunteer and a volunteer in the Caribbean and East Africa, I have developed a passion for tackling the monumental crisis of food insecurity among African populations both within the continent and as immigrants in the United States. I would like to share how my service experience has contributed to my current ethnographic research in Northern Colorado.

Bio of presenter: Julia Greer is a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology, researching food security among African populations both in West Africa and among immigrant populations in Northern Colorado. Julia comes to Colorado after serving a term as a rural community health adviser in the U.S. Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa, and after serving in Kenya and Haiti as an educator in public health and English. Julia also has a Master of Arts in applied geography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


2-2:50 p.m.

Session 29: This Content Is Not Available in Your Country: How Tech and Entertainment Companies Control International Access to Culture

Location: Rooms 308-10

Description: This presentation is based on my recent book, “Locked Out: Regional Restrictions in Digital Entertainment Culture” (NYU Press, 2019), which explores the thirty-year history of digital rights management systems that prohibit consumers in many countries from accessing particular media technologies. I will examine various case studies from around the world: lockout chips in Japanese video game cartridges, region-restricting encryption on Latin American DVDs, and geoblocked streaming video and music platforms in Europe and Australia, among others. I will also describe the many ways bootleggers, hackers, and pirates have created workarounds, opening up global access to culture.

All in all, this presentation will show how the international flows of films, television programs, games, and popular music have been shaped extensively by entertainment companies, electronics manufacturers, and regulatory bodies. I will end by discussing the consequences for international cultural exchange when such institutions hold tight control over global media accessibility.

Bio of presenter: Evan Elkins is an assistant professor of film and media in Colorado State University’s Department of Communication Studies. He researches media technology, institutions, and culture, focusing in particular on global geography and difference. He is the author of “Locked Out: Regional Restrictions in Digital Entertainment Culture” (NYU Press, 2019) and has published work in critical studies in media communication, media, culture & society, television and new media, and several edited collections. He is currently researching the close relationship between the American West and the cultures, technologies, and ideologies of the internet.

Session 30: International Human Rights Film Festival

Location: Rooms 304-06

Description: David Diffrient, Ph.D., will present his research on international human rights film festivals and representations of human rights cinema exhibitions, both globally and nationally. The session will conclude with information about CSU’s own human rights film festival, ACT. If time permits, the session may include showing a short film with a social justice or human rights theme.

Bio of presenter: David Scott Diffrient, professor of film and media studies in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University, is the former William E. Morgan Endowed Chair of Liberal Arts (2013-2016). He recently served as the co-editor of the Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema. Since 2014 he has been the programming director for the ACT Human Rights Film Festival.


3-3:50 p.m.

Session 31: Dialogos del Agua / Water Dialogues in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Location: Room 324

Description: The President’s Leadership Program has taken a group of 9-15 students to the Todos Santos Center for the past two years to explore their awareness and knowledge around water issues and sustainability in Todos Santos. As leaders and scholars, our session will highlight the experiences and perspectives they have gained immersing themselves culturally and working collaboratively with the university students in the region.

We will explore the core focus of the group, what it took to come together as strangers in preparation for the Global Leadership Experience to Todos Santos, and the insight and lessons they gained after returning from Todos Santos. In addition, our session will focus on connecting water scarcity in Todos Santos and what that looks like compared to Fort Collins, Colorado, and the broader region of Colorado. We will have various current students who have participated in this trip at the session.

Bios of presenters: Heather Price, Annie Welch, Ellie Martinez and Ashlynn Piwowarczyk are first-year students in the first level of the President’s Leadership Program (PLP) called “A Call to Lead.” Caleb Posey is a second-year student in the second level of PLP, called “Leadership Styles.” They were a part of the nine participants who attended the PLP Global Leadership Experience trip to Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, this past fall.

While all had separate reasons for participating in the trip, all were passionate about exploring and learning about the topic of water scarcity and conservation in the Todos Santos community, as well as learning about the same topic and impact here in Fort Collins.

Session 32: Navigating Diversity with International Students

Location: Room 312

Description: This panel of three instructors from INTO CSU will give insights into issues to be aware of when working with diverse groups of international students who do not speak English as a first language. Attendees will gain ideas and tips about working with international diversity in the classroom to improve educational outcomes and create successful intercultural interactions.

The presenters will cover topics, such as navigating student-professor interactions and expectations, raising awareness about diversity realities in the U.S., and using international diversity as a resource in instruction. Furthermore, the presenters will examine challenges that can arise when working with people from diverse political, cultural, religious, and historical backgrounds as well as ways to successfully navigate such challenges. Students, staff, faculty, and administration are welcome as these issues are fully germane to all teaching and learning contexts at CSU.

Bios of presenters: Stu Landers began teaching English to speakers of other languages in 1994 and has been an instructor at INTO CSU since 2013. He holds an M.A. in TESOL from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a CELTA certification from the Australian TESOL Training Centre. Stu has also been a faculty advisor for the CSU Field Ornithologists since 2016.

Loni Thorson has been teaching languages at CSU since 2010. She completed a dual M.A. in Spanish and TEFL/TESL at CSU and is currently teaching English language at INTO CSU. While in the dual-degree program, much of her research focused on linguistics, languages, and cultures in contact, and identity. Drawing upon her background in social work and community activism, Loni’s passion for effective and ethical language classroom practices are at the core of her teaching philosophy. She has lived in Spain, Guatemala, and Turkey, and she enjoys traveling and interacting within cultures.

Jessica Avery has been teaching English as a second language at CSU since 2010. She completed dual M.A. degrees in French and TEFL/TESL at CSU in 2006. During her dual-degree programs, she taught beginning level French courses and focused her research on linguistics, languages, and cultures. Jessica also holds a B.S. in human development and family studies with an emphasis in early childhood development and has experience teaching preschool-aged children.


4-4:50 p.m.

Session 33: Education Abroad Influences Graduation Rates

Location: Rooms 308-10

Description: In support of Colorado State University’s Student Success Initiatives, Institutional Research and Education Abroad have focused on gaps in persistence to graduation and assessing how high impact practices may reduce these gaps. The findings from two studies support that education abroad is a significant contributor to higher graduation rates. CSU Education Abroad uses this data to inform strategic programming and partnerships to attract and support more diverse students as well as to inform the resource advocacy needed to reduce access barriers.

Bios of presenters: Laura Thornes has been the CSU director of Education Abroad since 2011. She has over 20 years of experiences in international education and believes that everyone should have access to education abroad opportunities because of the life-transforming potentials.

Aimee Jones serves as the associate director of Education Abroad in the Office of International Programs. Aimee oversees development of CSU faculty and staff led education abroad programs. With over 10 years in the field of international education, she shares a passion with her team to help students gain access to education abroad opportunities. ”

Session 34: International Research and Teaching for Sustainable Peace and Reconciliation

Location: Rooms 304-06

Description: After a legacy of colonization and civil war, impoverished Burundi can now develop a model of transformative education that nurtures a new generation of leaders. Founded in 1999, the University of Ngozi (UNG) is situated as a laboratory for sustainable peace-building and reconciliation education. Colorado State University has a successful track record in extending expertise to the field through grants, its Office of International Programs, and public, private, and NGO partnerships like the Rotary Foundation and the Fulbright Scholar/Specialist Programs. As such, CSU can serve as a partner with UNG to mobilize resources in support of education for sustainable peace and reconciliation.

William Timpson will draw on his Fulbright awards for work in Northern Ireland, South Korea, and Burundi as well as the funded Global Grants he has received from the Rotary Foundation to describe his work on sustainable peace and reconciliation studies in these and other countries.

Bios of presenters: William M. Timpson, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Education at Colorado State University. After receiving his bachelor’s in American history from Harvard University, he went on to teach school in the inner city of Cleveland, Ohio, before completing his Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of numerous articles and nineteen books on these topics within a context of instructional improvement, curriculum innovation, professional development, educational leadership, and organizational change.

View Day 1 (Feb 25) Session Descriptions & Bios

View Day 2 (Feb 26) Session Descriptions & Bios