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HREC Panel @ NYU International Ed. Conference

10 Apr

This Friday a group of HREC contributors will be coming together to present a panel at NYU’s annual International Education Conference. The topic for the conference is ‘International Education in Emergency Response and Crisis Management‘, and the keynote speaker will be Zama Coursen-Neff of Human Rights Watch.

Our panel is entitled ‘Human Rights Emergencies, International Interventions.’ Stephanie and Devin will be presenting research which they’ve previously discussed at the Human Rights and Education Colloquium (and which Steph presented at CIES). Philip’s presentation is an elaboration on some earlier blog posts about the crisis in Mali.

The panel will take place at 1:30pm on Friday, April 12. It will be held in Room 907 of NYU’s Kimmel Center (this floor has great views of Washington Square). We’re looking forward to sharing our work again, and hope to see a few familiar faces in the audience.



A brief recap of the 2013 Comparative International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference

4 Apr

Two weeks ago a few of us had the opportunity to attend the 2013 Comparative International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference for the second consecutive year. This year the conference was held in the beautiful city of New Orleans (a nice followup to San Juan, Puerto Rico last year – though we are awaiting a location more conducive to intellectual discussion rather than sun-bathing). Last year we were mesmerized and amazed by all the panels and found ourselves a bit “intellectuals-struck.” This year a few of us found that the CIES conference was more characterized by a lack of original content – it was mostly repetitive and flat, offering few groundbreaking insights beyond last year’s panels.

However, there were a few more stimulating sessions, and once you’ve had a pleasant chat with at least one person presenting some more original ideas, then the whole event seems a bit friendlier and more open. Inevitably, when you strike conversations at a conference you’ll be asked about your research/interests. Trying to capture the essence of your research/career objective verbally in two or three sentences before you bore or annoy someone with long and confusing explanations… well, it’s not an easy game, and we are all still getting better at it. These things seem to take time and repeated visits to conferences such as CIES.

One of the highlights (for us) this year was HREC’s very own Steph DeGonda. She presented her research on the Capabilities Approach in a project she has been working on in Honduras. Needless to say, she rocked it and got positive feedback from the audience! So, a special SHOUT OUT to STEPH not only because she was brave and trusted her instincts, but because she delivered and managed it like a champion. We are so proud!