Workshop: Educating Citizens for a Globalized World

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Date/Time:Friday, 12 Feb 2016 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:Sun Room, Memorial Union
Contact:Mallory Hamilton,
Channel:College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Categories:Conferences Diversity
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This workshop will identify and discuss the values, skills and educational foundations that are essential to a quality liberal arts education in a rapidly changing global environment. Keynote speaker is Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, president, World Food Prize Foundation. RSVP by Feb. 5.

The workshop also will explore and assess new pedagogies and learning technologies that will better prepare our students to be productive and creative citizens and leaders in the 21st century. Finally, the workshop will endeavor to tackle the challenges wrought by globalization.

Bio: Dr. Kenneth M. Quinn
Quinn, former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, assumed the leadership of the World Food Prize Foundation on January 1, 2000, following his retirement from the State Department after a 32 year career in the Foreign Service.

Inspired by the vision of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, the founder of the World Food Prize, Ambassador Quinn has endeavored to build this annual $250,000 award into the "Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture." Held each October in Des Moines on or around World Food Day (October 16), the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony, Borlaug Dialogue international symposium and Global Youth Institute have grown in size and stature under his direction.

With the support of the John Ruan family, Dr. Quinn led the campaign that successfully raised $29.8 million to restore the historic Des Moines Public Library and transform it into the World Food Prize Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates. He provided the personal leadership to have the building designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the highest possible level of energy efficiency and resource conservation.

More recently, he served as Chairman of the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Statue Committee, leading the campaign that unveiled the statue of Dr. Borlaug on March 25, 2014. In addition, on May 30, 2014, Dr. Quinn was presented with the prestigious Iowa Award by the Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad.

Global Citizens, Education, and Technology
The signature theme of Global Citizens, Education, and Technology builds on the core educational mission and strengths of LAS. To thrive in a global, rapidly changing world, future leaders must be scientifically and culturally literate individuals who are able to live and work effectively in diverse communities. LAS holds a leadership role in providing life skills in critical thinking, communication, mathematics, and science. As new pedagogies and learning technologies transform the landscape of higher education, LAS will continue its entrepreneurial and creative work in developing innovative educational programs and researching the interplay among learning, technology, and the human experience. This theme blends our educational commitment to develop national models for higher education in the 21st century with our strengths in anticipating and understanding how technology changes the nature, pace, and types of global problems and possibilities.