CAPA’s publications are intended to enrich learning, teaching and research for all of us aspiring to be thoughtful and curious contributors to critical discussions in a complex world. The mission of our series of Occasional Publications is to expand the discourse of education abroad and, in so doing, to challenge conventional orthodoxies and unexplored assumptions. CAPA also partners with the University of Minnesota in the production of a biennial journal on career integration in study abroad.
These publications address the fact that education abroad is a curious profession. We are simultaneously practitioners and scholars obliged to juggle administrative, intellectual, and academic imperatives. In recent years, we have become significantly more adept at administration: “how” we construct our programs. In pursuing those necessary imperatives, we have tended to lose sight of some educational and intellectual questions: “why” we do what we do.
Our broad objective is, therefore, to create space for reflection on, and discussion of, themes and topics that broaden focus beyond practical and administrative issues. We take the view that international education is enriched through introspection and review of conventional agendas. We believe that we have an educational responsibility to think about topics that impact upon the world in which our students live.
These publications, broadly, resonate with our core learning and development objectives and reflect the subject matter of CAPA Symposia. We have chosen to analyze and explore issues related to globalization, urban experience, social dynamics, and diversity. These themes are reflected in collections of diverse essays that offer trans-disciplinary and, often, conflicting perspectives on urban studies, cosmopolitanism, nation and memory, war and study abroad, human rights, and civil rights.
We welcome you to download our publications and join the discussions at our next Symposium.
This volume demonstrates that there is a pervasive awareness of the responsibility of educators for the lives of students beyond their formal studies. However, there is no untroubled consensus about how to realize this responsibility. Colleges and universities in the US are subject to intense pressure to forefront employability. The walls of the “ivory tower,” if they ever really existed, have become fallen masonry. The idea that the world is more inter-connected than ever before is both true and untrue. Re-emergent militant parochialism divides peoples; simultaneously, we are more interdependent. Pollution and viruses know no borders. Simply, having some knowledge of worlds elsewhere is an important element in what defines an educated, productive person. We have a profound responsibility to those who come after us. They will define the worlds in which we live. The choice is ultimately between perceptions that enrich and enlighten life or attitudes rooted in darkness, moral impoverishment, and a fateful ignorance. These and related issues are explored herein from diverse perspectives. We hope that you will find the discussions stimulating and engrossing.