by Claire Miller
The College of Education at Georgia State University will host “Blurring Boundaries: An International Educational Development Conference” on April 10-11, 2012 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel (210 Peachtree St., Atlanta).
The two-day conference, co-sponsored by the United Nations Academic Impact, the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations and Seoul National University, will offer two days of panel sessions, symposia and keynote addresses, allowing scholars and leaders to gather and exchange international research on child development, health and mental health, schooling, indigenous education, neuroscience and other relevant issues. Session topics include ethnic, cross-national and comparative research and educational development; colleges and schools of education as levers of change; the impact of mental health issues and trauma on education; and physical health and educational development; among others.
“This conference is truly a groundbreaking event for our college,” said COE Dean Randy Kamphaus. “It’s a rare opportunity to collaborate with our co-sponsors to pursue our common goal of enhancing educational development around the globe.”
The opening session will feature Kamphaus and Ramu Damodaran, deputy director for partnerships and public engagement in the United Nations Department of Public Information, Outreach Division. Ela Gandhi, past-chancellor of the Durban University of Technology and former member of the South African Parliament, will present the conference’s plenary session on peace education. In addition, there will be a graduate poster session that will highlight students conducting international research.
At the conclusion of the first day of the conference, there will be an opening reception at The Carter Center featuring Gillian Sorensen, senior advisor of the United Nations Foundation. Tours of the center’s library and museum will also be provided.
Conference registration costs $40 for students, $50 for Pre-K–12th grade teachers and GSU alumni, and $200 for the general public.