|June, 2008||The Talloires Network E-Newsletter|
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As you read the June edition of Talloires Network News, I encourage you to think about the different implications of civic engagement around the world. In this issue, you will read about a new initiative of the Association of African Universities to catalyze sustainable development and contribute to the Millennium Development Goals. In the Middle East, many of our members strive to implement programs for social justice in a region struggling for peace. Students from Ahfad University in Sudan engage in community health programs amidst a country torn by civil war. As we work to advance civic engagement at our own institutions, let us take inspiration from the brave work of our colleagues working in difficult circumstances, and remember our own commitments to “listen, understand, and contribute to social transformation and development.”
– President Lawrence S. Bacow, Tufts University
The Association of African Universities has launched a "Mobilization for Regional Capacity Initiative," a new program aiming to strengthen African Higher Education institutions to act as catalysts for poverty eradication and sustainable development on the continent. The program is a Challenge Fund established by a grant from the UK’s Department for International Development. Expected outcomes include enhanced capacity for information sharing, innovation and reform; development of policy frameworks; and policy-oriented research leading to policy briefs on innovative ways for higher education institutions to contribute to sustainable development and attainment of the Millenium Development Goals. Read more>>
For many young children learning to be ‘literate’ in today’s media-rich world involves mastering a range of skills and practices using traditional and new technologies, from mark-making on paper, to sharing story books, computers, interactive TV and digital toys. Led by Dr Rosie Flewitt with funding from the UK Economic and Social Research Council, this project explores how 3- and 4-year-old children develop literacy knowledge as they engage with printed and digital media. For more information, contact r.s.flewitt[at]open.ac.uk. Photo credit: © Ekaterina Monakhova
The Digital Literacies in Higher Education research project aims to examine the nature of digital literacies for today’s undergraduates. E-learning now plays a central role in the delivery of the curriculum — students access web-based course materials, participate in online discussions, download notes, produce multimedia presentations and more. This research will provide an in-depth study of undergraduate literacy practices in a digital age, exploring the role that digital texts play in their studies and implications for the changing nature of learning and knowledge in tertiary education. Read more>>
UNESCO has announced a call for nominations for the 2008 International Literacy Prizes. The theme is “Literacy and Health,” and prizes will reward work that tackles disease prevention, care and treatment through literacy with a strong emphasis on epidemics such as HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. This year’s UNESCO’s International Literacy Prizes consists of four awards, with a total value of US$80,000. The deadline for nominations is June 25. Read more>>
Featured Innovator: Dr. Andrew Furco, Associate Vice President for Public Engagement, University of Minnesota
Dr. Andrew Furco is the Associate Vice-President for Public Engagement at the University of Minnesota, and has extensive experience in research on civic engagement and service-learning. While a Campus Compact Engaged Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Furco developed a tool (revised 2003) to assist members of the higher education community in gauging the progress of their campus’s service-learning institutionalization efforts. Read more>>
This guide accompanies Dr. Furco’s above rubric, and is designed to assist a team of campus administrators, faculty, staff, and/or students in assessing the level of service-learning institutionalization at their campus. It presents a set of questions for discussion that are intended to help the team members determine more clearly the level of service-learning institutionalization on their campus. Download the planning guide>>
From the American Association of Colleges & Universities
Informed by the work of the Bonner Foundation, this publication by Ariane Hoy and Wayne Meisel highlights developmental models for students’ civic learning and socially responsible leadership implemented at 77 campuses. It describes key elements of the co-curricular model, research on its impact on students, and emerging civic engagement minors created to complement decades of work in student affairs. Read more>>
The Australian Universities Civic Engagement Alliance (AUCEA) annual conference will take place on 9-11 July 2008 in Queensland, Australia. Following the theme of "Engaging for a Sustainable Future," this conference will promote partnerships between universities, private enterprise, Government and communities. Read more>>
The International Association of Universities will hold a conference titled "Higher Education and Research Addressing Local and Global Needs" on 15-18 July 2008 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The conference will emphasize the responsibilities of higher education to serve the world around it. Read more>>
The Association of Commonwealth Universities will hold a conference of Executive Heads on 28-30 November 2008 in Hyderabad, India. The theme of the conference is "Dazzling Technologies: Seismic shifts in higher education in a fast-changing and unequal world." Brenda Gourley, Chair of the Talloires Network Global Project, also serves as Chair of the ACU Council. Read more>>
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