Global Citizenship—An Obermann Conversation

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Iowa City Public Library
123 S. Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52245

Our daily interconnectedness with people and places across the world has been accelerated through technology and mobility. One response is field called “global citizenship.” What do we mean by “global citizenship”? What are the inherent tensions in how we imagine and experience cultures, places, and citizenship? How does our understanding of global citizenship in the U.S. help us understand our power in the world? How do we balance our responsibilities to local and national communities with our obligations to the world community? And what does this mean for the future of education in the United States? Join Alisa Meggitt, Jason Harshman, and Caleb Elfenbein as they discuss these important questions.

Alisa Meggitt teaches Global Studies at North Central Junior High School in North Liberty. She has also taught 6th grade at Lucas and Shimek Elementary schools, has worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the White House, and has volunteered with the Peace Corps in Senegal and at United Nations conferences in Brazil, Egypt, and New York City. 

Jason Harshman is Assistant Professor of Social Studies and Global Eduction in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education. He was the 2009 New York State Social Studies Teacher of the Year, earned his bachelor’s and master’s at the University of Buffalo, and received his PhD in Social Studies and Global Education from the Ohio State University. Jason has received travel grants to study and teach in South Korea, Japan, Turkey, and Spain and currently serves as a Co-Chair for the College of Education Diversity Committee.

Caleb Elfenbein is Associate Professor in both History and Religious Studies at Grinnell College, as well as the director of the Grinnell College Center for the Humanities. His research explores a range of issues, including the effects of modern imperial history in Muslim communities (especially but not limited to the Middle East), the emergence of Islamist thought, comparative intellectual history, the making of modern forms of religion, the place of religion in modern public life, and Islam in America. 

Free and open to the public.