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IEW 2020 Events

See below for session descriptions and videos from the inaugural Global Reach, Global Teach IEW events, which highlighted the innovative virtual solutions Temple was using to promote intercultural learning across Temple’s campuses in the midst of the global pandemic. Faculty, staff and students attended virtual panels and events throughout the week that demonstrated the value of technology in fostering connections and increasing access to international learning long term. Sessions engaged participants in critical discussions on the global pandemic response and effects, social movements and dissent, the value of language learning, and more.

Calendar of Events

Monday, November 16

Pivoting Creatively in a COVID-19 World, 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm EST

Tuesday, November 17

The Global Pandemic: Response and Effects, 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm EST

Memorable Moments: India, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST

Wednesday, November 18

Decolonizing the Curriculum, 9:00 am – 10:30 am EST (Workshop for faculty)

Language Learning, Cultural Humility, and Empathy, 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm EST

Thursday, November 19

Global Perspectives on Social Movements, Unrest and Dissent in 2020, 9:30 am – 10:45 am EST

Friday, November 20

You Don’t Have to Fly Solo: Best Practices for Integrating Guest Speakers in Your Course, 9:00 am – 10:30 am (EST) (Workshop for faculty)

How do we benefit?: Global Student Debrief and Takeaways, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm EST

Session Descriptions


Pivoting Creatively in a COVID-19 World

Monday, November 16, 4:30pm – 5:45 pm EST


  • Matt Wilson, Dean, Temple Japan
  • Emilia Zankina, Dean, Temple Rome
  • Martyn Miller, Assistant Vice President, OIA
  • Stephanie Fiore, Assistant Vice Provost, Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) 

Moderator: Suzanne Willever, Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses

Kick off the week with leaders from International Affairs, Temple Japan, Temple Rome, and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT). Panelists will discuss how Temple is pivoting to think creatively about international education, providing quality intercultural engagement opportunities and resources virtually for students who are unable to study abroad physically. They will share examples of solutions already in place and their vision for the future of Global Temple.

Watch the Zoom recording (with chat and transcript)
Watch on YouTube


The Global Pandemic: Response and Effects 

Tuesday, November 17, 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm EST 

Panelists: Francesca Lenzi (Rome, CLA); Aimee J. Palumbo (MC, CPH); Karen Lin (Temple Health); Jeff Kingston (TUJ, CLA); Fab Darling-Wolf (MC, Klein)

Moderator/Panelist: Mike Leeds (MC, CLA)

The COVID-19 global pandemic has brought world travel and economies to a halt, shifted workspaces and classrooms into our homes, crippled healthcare systems, and challenged governments and public health officials on an unprecedented scale. More than one million people have died and countless others will continue to suffer physical and psychological effects for generations to come. The role of the media in shaping our perception and behavior is more powerful than ever. The spread of the virus has heightened the importance of global collaboration in the face of global problems, and yet we have witnessed increased acts of nationalism, racism, and xenophobia in many parts of the world. Join faculty experts from Temple’s campuses in Japan, Rome and Philadelphia for an interdisciplinary discussion about global responses to and potential long-term effects of the pandemic. 

Watch the Zoom recording (with chat and transcript)


Memorable Moments: India 

Tuesday, November 17, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST 

Join international student leaders for a spotlight on India, featuring the local restaurant Veda and MasterChef’s own Hetal Vasaveda. This event is part of the Memorable Moments series. Zoom ID: 931 7070 6232.

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Decolonizing the Curriculum (CAT)

Wednesday, November 18, 9:00 am – 10:30 am EST

Workshop for faculty

Facilitators: Kimberly Williams, Associate Professor, Anthropology; Linda Hasunuma, Assistant Director, CAT; Jeff Rients, Sr. Teaching and Learning Specialist, CAT

Good teaching means regular reflection upon and reevaluation of our course goals and content, as well as which perspectives and voices we may privilege in our course readings, assignments, and activities. To design a course that represents in a balanced manner the diverse lived experiences, histories and perspectives of all peoples, we can “decolonize” our curriculums. This means affording equitable space for a variety of peoples rather than allowing only those in power to speak, and being open to alternative modes of inquiry and exploration. In this workshop, we will consider the benefits of this approach to curriculum design.

This session was not recorded.


Language Learning, Cultural Humility and Empathy 

Wednesday, November 18, 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm EST

Learning a new language can help us deepen both our understanding of another culture and our own, prepare us for success in the global marketplace, and perhaps most importantly, teach us empathy and cultural humility. Study abroad and international students will share their stories about the challenges they faced and the insights they gained from living abroad and immersing themselves in a new language and culture.

Watch the Zoom recording (with chat and transcript)
Watch on YouTube


Global Perspectives on Social Movements, Unrest and Dissent in 2020

Thursday, November 19, 9:30 am – 10:45 am EST

Panelists: Ralph Young (MC, CLA); Tina Saunders (TUJ, Law); Jason Del Gandio (MC, Klein); Greg Smith (Rome, CLA); Lorenzo Rinelli (Rome, CLA) 

Moderator: George Miller, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, TUJ

Why are social movements, unrest, and dissent more prevalent in some societies than others? How do factors such as globalization, political and cultural norms, and current events affect their manifestation? The events of 2020 have heightened our global awareness of economic disparities and racial injustices. People of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities continue to fight for equality in countries around the world as progress to their causes meets resistance. We have witnessed societies banning together or splitting apart in the face of a global pandemic, and even wearing a mask (or not) has become a political symbol of dissent vs. compliance. Faculty panelists from Temple’s campuses in Rome, Japan and Philadelphia will discuss these issues from multiple perspectives.

Watch the Zoom recording (with chat and transcript)


You Don’t Have to Fly Solo: Best Practices for Integrating Guest Speakers in Your Course

Friday, November 20, 9:00 am – 10:30 am (EST)

Workshop for faculty (CAT)

Facilitators: Stephanie Fiore, Assistant Vice Provost, CAT; Jeff Rients, Senior Teaching and Learning Specialist, CAT

Faculty Guests: Maria Ponce de Leon (Rome, CLA); Dennis Paris (MC, Fox); Kyle Cleveland (TUJ, CLA) 

One of the advantages of teaching online is that it affords us greater opportunities for inviting guests from far and wide into our classes. A guest speaker can bring excitement to a classroom, provide a fresh take on course content, and connect students to real-world and global perspectives on course content. But an outside voice comes with its own challenges, ranging from integrating the new perspective smoothly into the course to the technical issues that arise when hosting a speaker online. Join us as a panel of faculty from Main Campus, Temple Japan, and Temple Rome share their experiences successfully building learning experiences around guest speakers. We’ll discuss the steps needed to recruit your guest speaker, prep your students before they arrive, manage the visit, and build on what the students learn from your guest. Included will be information on how to take advantage of the International Collaboration Connection Program that allows you to invite guest speakers from our international campuses to enrich your classes.

Watch the Zoom recording (with chat and transcript)


How do we benefit?: Global Student Debrief and Takeaways

Friday, November 20, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm EST 

International and domestic students will share their takeaways on virtual international learning and the critical issues discussed during sessions throughout the week, such as global pandemic responses, the value of language learning, social movements and dissent, and the university’s responses to pivoting creatively this year.

Watch the Zoom recording (with chat and transcript)