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GLOBAL SPEAKER SERIES 2018-2019 Bring the World into Your Classroom

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GLOBAL SPEAKER SERIES B R I N G T H E WO R L D I N T O YO U R C L A S S R O O M GLOBAL ISSUES At Dragons we see exceptional beauty in diversity. And we believe that the experience of connecting with unfamiliar cultures has something to teach everyone. We are dedicated to cross-cultural learning because we know that future leaders will be required to think beyond borders. Part of our work in this world is to bring what we've learned abroad back home to share. GUEST TEACHERS + ENGAGING FACILITATION With this mission in mind, each year we send our best teachers—with years of international education experience—to schools across the United States to share their perspectives and insights with students ready to engage with critical and compelling global questions. BOLD CONVERSATIONS We invite you to look at some of the conversations our staff are facilitating in classrooms around the country. Whether you are a teacher of Language Studies, Geography, Science, History, Social Studies, Religion, or Art, we hope to have a topic of interest to you. If one of the following class titles piques your curiosity, please get in touch. We’d be happy to coordinate a visit from one of our teachers to speak to your class on the subject. And if there’s a topic you would like to address that’s not on this list, let us know. It’s exactly this type of question-based collaboration with students, schools, and educators that inspires us. BOOKING A GLOBAL SPEAKER IS FREE The Global Speaker Series is funded by Where There Be Dragons. Email info@wheretherebedragons.com or call 303.413.0822 for more information. YOU CAN ALSO BOOK A SPEAKER AT WWW.WHERETHEREBEDRAGONS.COM/GSS

EAST MEETS WEST: AN INFOGRAPHIC PO

SYNOPSIS: The artist and visua

in Germany since she was 14. B

different traditions, she has exp

Drawing from her own experien

simple symbols and shapes to c

lesson, students will analyze im

western culture and discuss how

SPEAKER: Joseph Vincent BA Chinese Literature, Ree University; Joseph is a translator and educator based i JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2019 

CT, IL, NH, NJ,

URBANIZATION IN CHINA AND THE BIGG

SYNOPSIS: Drawing on more th

doctoral research in Anthropolo economic transformation, Jody

discuss migration and urbanizat

Bonus Topic: For interested Chi

and discussing Chinese pop son

SPEAKER: Jody Segar B.A. East Asian Studies, Oberli

University. Jody has been pulled back to China again an OCTOBER 2018 - MARCH 2019 

CT, MA, NH, N

INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM

SYNOPSIS: There are over 1 bil

cultural and societal background

and a half have made it more im

understanding of and a forum t

her own observations and intera

2018-2019 FEATURED TOPICS CHANGE KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES: CLIMATE, CONSUMPTION, AND COMPASSION SYNOPSIS: Climate change and globalization are causing extreme ecological and cultural transformations to happen everywhere on

conducting research in the Midd SPEAKER: Shino Yoshen M.A. International Education

International Studies with a concentration in Peace and

in Morocco and has worked with students studying in t NOVEMBER 2018 - APRIL 2019 

CT, DC, MA, M

FEMINISM: BETTERING THE LIVES OF ALL

SYNOPSIS: Feminism is often th

our planet. From remote inland villages to lush tropical beaches,

But can the goals of feminism c

no place is untouched. Learn about the basics of climate change,

from inhumane working conditio

the impacts to come, and how thinking globally while acting

women organize to alleviate hun

locally and approaching the future and others with compassion

through empowering women an

can heal our “doomsday” relationship with this wicked problem. SPEAKER: Kelsey Dailey M.S. Hydrology and Environmental

history of exploitation and inequ society resist oppression if half

Studies, University of Colorado Boulder; B.S. Geological

SPEAKER: Ben Daley B.A. Psychology and Latin Amer

Sciences, Ohio State University.

field instructor in South America.

JANUARY - MARCH 2019 

NORTHERN CA, MA, NH, RI, VT

JANUARY - MARCH 2019 

CA, GA, NC, OR, SC

PHOTOS Jen Goings, Angela Creery , Natasha Galperin


THE FORCES BEHIND MIGRATION FROM CENTRAL AMERICA

ORTRAIT

al designer Yang Liu was born in China and has lived

SYNOPSIS: Migrants regularly risk their lives, and sometimes lose them, to reach

By growing up in two very distinct places with very

the US from Central America. Rich will draw on four years of work with community

perienced the contrasts of each culture first-hand.

groups in Guatemala to explore the motivations that compel people to migrate, the

nce Yang Liu created minimalistic visualizations using

dangers they face, and the social, economic, and historical factors that have led to

convey just how different the two cultures are. In this

recent waves of migration. Rich's first-hand experiences in Central America can help

mages that represent various aspects of Chinese and

w these attributes might play out in the real world.

ed College; MA Chinese Literature, National Taiwan n Beijing, China. NY, OH, PA 

provide much needed context to our national conversation on immigration. SPEAKER: Richard Brown B.A. Anthropology, Columbia University. Born in South Africa, Rich has traveled widely, spending extensive amounts of time working with local communities in Appalachia, Virginia and Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

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GEST CITY YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF

han 11 years of life and work experience in China,

JANUARY - APRIL 2019 

CT, DC, MA, MD, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT 

AVAILABLE IN SPANISH

THE FORTUNE COOKIE IN AMERICA: CONSUMING A FABRICATED CONCEPTION OF CHINA

ogy, and a passion for Chongqing's local history and

SYNOPSIS: Although everyone in an American classroom would recognize a

will introduce students to this city of 12 million and

fortune cookie, what if we told you the same is not true in the Chinese world?

tion in China today.

Evidence shows that fortune cookies actually originated in Japan. Why then has

inese language classrooms, Jody also enjoys performing

the fortune cookie come to represent China and influenced evolving conceptions of

ngs!

“Chinese-ness” in the United States? Join Marcus for a fun discussion on the impact

in College; M.A. Anthropology (Ph.D. ABD), Stanford

nd again since his first visit in 1996.

NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT 

AVAILABLE IN MANDARIN

of language and translation on cross-cultural image creation. SPEAKER: Marcus Larsen-Strecker B.A. International Relations and Asian Studies, Tufts University; M.A. Graduate Program in Translation and Interpretation, National Taiwan University. JANUARY 2019 

llion Muslims spread across the globe from all different

ds. The socio-political events of the last decade

mportant than ever for Americans to have a basic

to ask critical questions about Islam. Shino draws on

actions based on her years volunteering, working, or

dle East and North Africa. and Globalization, University of Bath in England; B.A.

d Conflict Resolution, American University. Shino lived

the Middle East and North Africa for 7 years.

MD, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA

L

hought of as the advocacy for equality among genders.

change within impoverished communities that suffer

MA, ME, NH, RI, VT 

AVAILABLE IN MANDARIN

POWER & PRIVILEGE SYNOPSIS: This seminar highlights activities and discussions on the challenging topic of power dynamics in the U.S. Students will learn tools, frameworks, and common language to delve into anti-oppression work. It is reflective, experiential, and participatory. Sarah will dive into issues of race, class, ability, gender, religion, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation.

SPEAKER: Sarah White Ph.D. Anthropology and Social Change, California Institute of Integral Studies (Candidate); M.A. Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management, SIT Graduate Institute. JANUARY - MAY 2019 

NORTHERN CA

DOWN RIVER: THE FLOW OF WATER AND WEALTH SYNOPSIS: From the Amazon to the Colorado River Basin, explore the relationship

ons? In Bolivian mining towns and cities, groups of

we have with water and how it has shaped our social and political climates. David

nger and provide alternative work opportunities for all,

will relate the environmental impacts dams have had on local ecosystems with

nd changing gender structures. Ben discusses Bolivia’s

the economic benefits that are essential to global economies. David will share his

uality while asking the broader question: how can a

experiences interacting with local communities whose lifestyles are dependent on

of its population is oppressed from within?

these meandering giants.

rican Studies, Lewis and Clark College. Ben is a current

C, WA 

SPEAKER: David Haffeman B.A. International Business, Fort Lewis College; B.A. Spanish, Fort Lewis College; Teacher Certification K-12 Spanish.

AVAILABLE IN SPANISH

JANUARY - APRIL 2019 

COLORADO & TEXAS 

AVAILABLE IN SPANISH

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TESTIMONIALS

“The exercises led to some very rich discussion about development aid as a form of patriarchy and the importance of developing service projects with an eye and ear bent toward the community's own interests.” –ERIK VINCENT, DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL STUDIES  Holy Innocents' Episcopal School

“The students really enjoyed the interactive lesson and were genuinely curious about the experiences and knowledge brought to the classroom.” – PETER ALBERT, HISTORY TEACHER Hun School of Princeton

“A great job introducing the Mekong River Basin to my students that created an atmosphere where they were required to think and confront big, tough questions.” –AMY WALLNER-DRAKE, SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER  Bozeman High School

“...a big hit with both teachers and students in the AP Human Geography classes; the lesson on Development was a perfect fit.” –WILLIAM SHOTWELL, HEAD OF GLOBAL STUDIES  Taft School

“She did the Theatre of The Oppressed exercises and did a great job and taught me a lot of new games and ideas for the classroom!” –JENIFER COTÉ, DIRECTOR  Sonoma Academy

“Engaging and informative. The students interacted well and it was a compelling presentation with great conversation topics.” –NADIM BAWALSA, ARABIC TEACHER  Friends Seminary

“Great program—what a fantastic gift to other schools.” – ARRINGTON McCOY, DEAN OF STUDENTS The Outdoor Academy

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Global Speaker Series 2019  

Each year we send our best instructors to schools across the United States to share their experiences, perspectives, and insights from years...

Global Speaker Series 2019  

Each year we send our best instructors to schools across the United States to share their experiences, perspectives, and insights from years...