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Globally Connected @ FIT: Building Bridges: Experiences from Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

October 14 at 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

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Join us for a conversation about building bridges between students in the United States and Lebanon through the virtual exchange of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL). Professor Praveen K. Chaudhry teaches the course SS 151: Introduction to World Affairs in collaboration with Professor Céline Merheb, who teaches about human rights at the American University of Technology, Lebanon. They will share their experiences and what their students have learned from each other.

COIL provides faculty and students an opportunity to interact with international peers, from their home campus. COIL gives faculty new experiences in co-teaching and research, and students the opportunity to gain global awareness and intercultural competencies in cross-cultural teamwork and intercultural communication.

This discussion will be moderated by Cultural Fellows Isha Kesarwani and Alexis Yap.

Praveen K. Chaudhry is a professor of Political Science at FIT. He is a recipient of the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities. Before joining FIT, Professor Chaudhry taught at Swarthmore College, Lafayette College, Ohio University, University of Pennsylvania and University of Delhi. From 2004 to 2011, he was a visiting research fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India: during this period, he produced several books.

He was a Visiting Fellow at the Office of the Executive Director (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan), International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C. The publications connected with this fellowship dealt with the relationships between the United States/IMF and were translated into several languages. He was also a Visiting Professor at Nelson Mandela Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Currently he is involved in SUNY COIL with a focus on MENA countries, specifically Lebanon.

Céline Merheb-Ghanem is a part-time professor at American University of Technology (AUT-Halat) and several other universities in Lebanon. She holds a PhD in political science from Lyon University–France. Since 2013, she has been teaching courses related to Political Science, and Sociology, and at the same time, has conducted several research papers related to Lebanon and the MENA region.

About Globally Connected @ FIT

Globally Connected @ FIT is a series of 45-minute virtual discussions led by students, faculty, and alumni to advance global education at FIT in our world with limited mobility. The major themes are fashion, art, sustainability, racial equity, and life during the pandemic around the world. Hosted by the Office of International Programs and the Cultural Fellows, and the History of Art Department.

This virtual event is free and open to the public; REGISTER HERE