Aerial photograph of the Immaculate Conception Chapel

February 2014

English Conversation Groups

Ongoing*

Conversation Groups bring Intensive English Program (IEP) students together with American students for informal conversations. You'll meet and talk with this diverse student group regularly to help international students improve conversational English and knowledge of American culture, and to help American students expand their global perspectives.

Tuesdays: 12 to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m., Rike Center 108
Wednesdays: 1 to 2 p.m., Rike Center 108
Thursdays: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Rike Center 108

*Conversation Groups will not be held on February 25, 26 or 27.

TAGS Workshop: IEP Learning Outcomes and TOEFL Descriptors

Tuesday, February 4, 12 to 1:15 p.m., LTC Forum (lunch provided)

For faculty members only. Hosted by Karin Avila-John and April Darnell (IEP).

What can you realistically expect the non-native English speakers in your classes to be able to do? Understanding the Student Learning Outcomes for students who complete IEP’s level 5 (our highest level) and the score descriptors of UD's requirements for the TOEFL (a standardized test that measures an international student’s English proficiency) will help you better plan your classes so that all students can participate and be involved in the learning process.

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Faculty Exchange Series: Global Education Seminar, South America

Friday, February 7, 12 to 1:15 p.m., LTC Forum (lunch provided)

For faculty members only. Facilitated by faculty participants from cohort 3 (2012 - 2013) Julius Amin, Treavor Bogard and Susan Wawrose.

Faculty engagement plays an essential role in the successful internationalization of a university. Participants in the third year of the Global Education Seminar: South America will share their experiences in the program. They will discuss the impact of the program, including sessions on campus and in Argentina and Peru, on their professional and personal development, and their relationships with other faculty at UD, as well as their understanding of their roles in the internationalization of the university.

The Global Education Seminar serves as a key element for supporting academic units’ strategic plans for internationalization by broadening the pedagogical and scholarly horizons of faculty members. The program provides faculty with concrete, site-specific resources and relationships that can motivate and shape revision of the courses they teach, as well as inform additional international collaborations.

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Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle - Screening of "The Abolitionists"

Friday, February 7, 8 to 11 p.m., ArtStreet Studio BThe Abolitionists brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery. Also, join us in a post-film facilitated discussion of The Abolitionists led by Dr. Jack Ling on February 11 at 7 p.m. in Marianist Hall, Studio 218.

Friends of Africa

Tuesday, February 11, 3:30 to 5 p.m., KU Torch LoungeMeet students, faculty and staff with an interest in or affiliation to Africa and its languages and cultures. Sponsored by the Center for International Programs, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. Part of Black History Month.

TAGS Workshop: Assessing Non-Native English Speakers Across Disciplines

Thursday, February 13, 12 to 1:15 p.m., LTC Forum (lunch provided)

For faculty members only. Facilitated by Colleen Gallagher (Teacher Education).

This workshop will focus on fair and valid assessment of non-native English speakers in university classes across the disciplines. We’ll review foundational concepts in assessment and discuss applications in the classroom, identify techniques for reducing cultural and linguistic bias and promoting valid assessment of discipline-specific content, and explore the value of formative assessment for all students. Participants will have the opportunity to talk about their own assessment practices. Bring an idea for a new assessment which you'd like to discuss with the group or questions on your existing assessments.

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Mending a Torn World: An Interfaith Prayer Service Calling for Healing and Transformation

Thursday, February 13, 8 p.m., Immaculate Conception ChapelThis evening encompasses the experiences of all faith traditions represented on the University of Dayton’s campus. Readings, dances, songs, and arts will express how each faith tradition views the dignity of every human. This event will kick off Human Rights Week 2014, and will be accompanied by a visual display that can be seen throughout Human Rights Week. (February 17-20).

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle - Screening of "Slavery By Another Name"

Friday, February 14, 11:30 a.m., Roesch Library FlexSpace; 8 p.m., ArtStreet Studio BSlavery by Another Name explores the huge system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men, which lasted until World War II. Join us in a facilitated discussion of Slavery by Another Name led by Dr. Verb Washington on February 18 at 7 p.m. in the Marianist Hall, Studio 218.

Faculty Exchange Series: Global Education Seminar, South America

Monday, February 17, 12 to 1:15 p.m., LTC Forum (lunch provided)

For faculty members only. Facilitated by faculty participants from cohort 3 (2012 - 2013) Tereza Szeghi Dempster, Umesh Haritashya & Ernesto Velasquez.

Faculty engagement plays an essential role in the successful internationalization of a university. Participants in the third year of the Global Education Seminar: South America will share their experiences in the program. They will discuss the impact of the program, including sessions on campus and in Argentina and Peru, on their professional and personal development, and their relationships with other faculty at UD, as well as their understanding of their roles in the internationalization of the university.

The Global Education Seminar serves as a key element for supporting academic units’ strategic plans for internationalization by broadening the pedagogical and scholarly horizons of faculty members. The program provides faculty with concrete, site-specific resources and relationships that can motivate and shape revision of the courses they teach, as well as inform additional international collaborations.

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REAL Topics: Does Reverse Racism Really Exist?

Wednesday, February 19, 11:30 to 1 p.m., Alumni Hall 101Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs to examine racism in both the historical context and in modern day form, and also discuss the concept of reverse-racism. There will be an open dialogue on whether or not historically marginalized groups can truly be “racist.” This event is open to all students, faculty and staff.

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle - Screening of "Freedom Riders"

Friday, February 21, 11:30 a.m., Roesch Library 1st Floor SpexSpace; 8 p.m., ArtStreet Studio BFreedom Riders tells the inspirational story of the Civil Rights Movement’s interstate bus protest campaign. Join us for a facilitated post-film discussion of Freedom Riders led by Dr. Thomas Morgan on February 25 at 7 p.m. in Marianist Hall, Studio 218. The film is based on the 2011 abridged edition of the book by Raymond Arsenault entitled Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice (ISBN 978-0199754311). We will discuss both the book and film (you do not need to be familiar with both to participate in the discussion). A limited number of copies of the book are available to participants to read before the discussion. Contact Carlos Stewart at cstewart1@udayton.edu to reserve a copy.

TAGS Workshop: Reaching Our Chinese Students

Tuesday, February 25, 12 to 1:15 p.m., LTC Forum (lunch provided)

For faculty members only. Facilitated by Sky Lantz-Wagner (IEP) and Ya You (OLR).

All students come to UD with an invisible backpack full of cultural biases and experiences. Although each backpack is different, the contents are often similar. In this presentation, we will look specifically at Chinese students and analyze these invisible backpacks to understand different parts of Chinese culture as they apply to higher education. The discussion will include a brief overview of the education system in China, expectations of students, culture of Chinese universities, and suggestions for managing classes with Chinese students. Q&A will follow the presentation.

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UD Speaker Series: Krzysztof Wodiczko

Tuesday, February 25, 7 p.m., Kennedy Union BallroomKrzysztof Wodiczko, artist, professor and director of art, design and the public domain at Harvard Graduate School of Design, will address "Art and the Culture of War: Toward the Un-War Memorial." Wodiczko is renowned for his large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments around the world. He uses images and voices of the homeless, immigrants, survivors of domestic violence, war veterans and other marginalized people in his work. The talk, part of Human Rights Week, is co-sponsored by the department of visual arts. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

The 2013-14 University of Dayton Speaker Series brings us a diverse group of distinguished scholars, activists and artists dedicated to a common theme: “Human Rights: A Global Challenge.” Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/UDspeakerseries.

IEP Spring Term A Ends

Wednesday, February 26

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle - Screening of "The Loving Story"

Friday, February 28, 11:30 a.m., Roesch Library 1st Floor FlexSpace; 8 p.m., ArtStreet Studio BA racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Join us in a facilitated post-film discussion of The Loving Story led by Dr. Patricia Reed on March 4 at 7 p.m. in Marianist Hall, Studio 218.