Mestenhauser Lecture Series on Internationalizing Higher Education
This annual lecture is named in honor of Professor Josef A. Mestenhauser. It provides an academic forum in which scholars from around the world present innovative and thought-provoking scholarship on the internationalization of higher education.
The 2012-13 Mestenhauser Lecture and associated workshops were given by Professor Betty Leask, University of South Australia, who is a globally recognized scholar and practitioner of internationalizing the curriculum and student learning. She is a highly sought-after speaker in Europe, Canada, Australia, and the United States. In 2010, she was named an Australian National Teaching Fellow.
Professor Leask is the author of numerous publications, including her recent work, Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IoC) in Action: A Guide. She served on the advisory group for the 2010 publication, Finding Common Group: Enhancing interaction between domestic and international students: Guide for academics. She focuses on linking theory and practice with institutional strategy, teaching, learning and research, as well as the integration of international and domestic students into learning environments inside and outside of the classroom.
Internationalizing the curriculum and student learning: Preparing graduates for the 21st century
Friday, February 8, 2013
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Betty Leask argues that universities have a responsibility to prepare all graduates to live and work in a global society. Internationalizing the curriculum and student learning play a central role in achieving this goal. Her lecture explored issues related to internationalization and offered conceptual and practical solutions to these issues.
The lecture was recorded and is available for viewing here. (Download a copy of the lecture program.)
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Internationalizing the curriculum and student learning: Hands-on workshops
Betty Leask also led an interactive and practical workshop on internationalizing the curriculum and student learning. In the workshop, participants discussed a conceptual framework for internationalization of the curriculum and explored a questionnaire designed to assess current levels of internationalization in courses and programs. They then identified obstacles to internationalization and addressed ways to overcome these obstacles.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Monday, February 11, 2013
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The lecture and workshops are organized by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. Cosponsors include the University of Minnesota's International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS); College of Education and Human Development; Center for Teaching and Learning; Carlson Global Institute; International Programs (University of Minnesota Crookston), International Education Office (University of Minnesota Duluth), and University of Minnesota Morris; plus the Minnesota International Center; Education for Global Learning: A Consortium of Minnesota State Colleges & Universities; and St. Catherine University.
Click on year to learn more about the speaker, view a video of the lecture, and download lecture publications.
- 2011: "Cultural Diplomacy and International Understanding" by Dr. Richard Arndt, author of "The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century"
- 2010: "Intercultural Matters: The Internationalization of Higher Education" by Dr. Jolene Koester, president California State University, Northridge
- 2009: "Reflections on the past, present, and future of internationalizing higher education: Discovering opportunities to meet challenges" by Josef A. Mestenhauser, professor emeritus College of Education and Human Development University of Minnesota
About Josef A. Mestenhauser
Josef A. Mestenhauser is Distinguished International Emeritus Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development at the University of Minnesota in its College of Education and Human Development. His more than fifty-year long career included being teacher, researcher, administrator, counselor and consultant. He published more than 120 books, monographs, articles and book chapters on international education, educational exchanges, international studies, transfer of knowledge, cross-cultural relations, leadership development, cultural change, educational reform and professionalism. He is three-time holder of senior Fulbright grants in the Philippines, Japan and Czechoslovakia. He was President of NAFSA:Association of International Educators, ISECSI (International Society for Educational, Cultural and Scientific Interchanges) and the Fulbright Association of Minnesota, and held offices in several professional associations. He holds doctorate from the Charles University, Faculty of Law, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota in Political Science and International Relations. In addition, he held the post of Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Minnesota, Iowa, and North and South Dakota, from June 1, 1999 to June 2008.
Among honors he received is the Marita Houlihan Award for Excellence in International Education; Centennial Award from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan; Comenius Medallion from the Prime Minister of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic; International Citizen Award from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul; Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Pedagogy, Charles University; Honorary Professorship of the European Humanities University in Minsk, Honorary Professorship of the Kyrgyz State Pedagogical University in Bishkek, Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education by Charles University in commemoration of the 650th anniversary of its founding; Presidential Silver Medal from President Vaclav Havel; Jan Masaryk Silver Memorial Medal from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic; and the Distinguished Global Engagement Award from the University of Minnesota. (Download full C.V.)
Papers have been produced from each Mestenhauser Lecture.
2009: Dr. Josef Mestenhauser
Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of Internationalizing Higher Education—Discovering Opportunities to Meet the Challenges
This book is a substantially expanded version of a presentation of the same title at the inaugural Josef A. Mestenhauser Lecture Series on Internationalizing Higher Education on October 28, 2009. Available as an e-book or print book through amazon.com. All proceeds will support the lecture series and related activities.
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- Print copy available for $50.00.
2010: Dr. Jolene Koester
2011: Dr. Richard Arndt
Support the Lecture
The Mestenhauser Lecture Series was created in 2009 and provides an academic forum in which scholars from around the world present innovative and thought-provoking scholarship on the internationalization of higher education.
The Mestenhauser Lecture Series supports the GPS Alliance’s initiative to internationalize the curriculum and campus and provide international and intercultural experiences for all students, faculty, and staff.
The lecture series is a tribute to long-time international educator and academician Dr. Josef Mestenhauser, whose knowledge and boundless energy laid the groundwork for the University of Minnesota's outstanding reputation in the field of international education.
Private support will help the GPS Alliance bring in world-renowned experts and make the Mestenhauser Lecture a recognized source of innovative and informative professional development and scholarship for international educators.
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