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Faculty explore global citizenship at Wye Faculty Seminar

Strand, Roumell and Gordon

Three NDSU faculty members participated in the Aspen Institute Wye Faculty Seminar held July 19-25 in Queenstown, Maryland. Robert Gordon, associate professor of psychology and associate dean of the College of Science and Mathematics; Mark Strand, associate professor, pharmacy practice and Master of Public Health program; and Elizabeth Roumell, assistant professor in the School of Education, took part in the seminar.

The seminar addressed such questions as: What elements make up a civil society? What role do we in higher education play in educating a new generation of global citizens?

The Wye Faculty Seminar assists faculty from colleges and universities in relating their teaching to broad issues of global citizenship. A total of 50 faculty members from around the country explored literature stretching from ancient to contemporary times. Applying expertise from their varied disciplines, attendees engaged in discussion on the implications of founding ideas to the current state of democracy in the United States and elsewhere.

“We sought to translate the ideas into action in how we might educate our students so they become responsible citizens in America and the world,” Strand said.

Gordon described the seminar as “a unique and exciting opportunity to speak with colleagues about what it means to be an engaged citizen, and how universities can better prepare students to make a valuable contribution to civic life.”

More information about the faculty seminar can be found at: www.aspeninstitute.org/about.

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