Embracing Counternarratives for Global Learning: The 8th Annual Globalizing the Community College Curricula Conference 2024

Embracing Counternarratives for Global Learning


All Day, Jan. 19 to 20, 2024

The University of Arizona's U.S. Department of Education Title VI Centers — Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL), Center for Latin America Studies (CLAS) and Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) organize an annual Community College Educators Conference each January. This conference is designed to provide community college educators with resources to promote international curriculum at the community college level.

This year's conference will be held on January 19-20, 2024. The theme, "Embracing Counternarratives for Global Learning," will explore the transformative power of counternarratives in promoting the global learning characteristic of inclusive and culturally diverse community college curricula.

A counternarrative is a response or alternative perspective that challenges or opposes a dominant or mainstream narrative. It provides a different interpretation of events, ideas, or cultural norms, often aiming to shed light on perspectives, experiences, or historical facts that might have been marginalized or overlooked by the dominant narrative.

Counternarratives can serve various purposes, such as highlighting marginalized voices, exposing hidden truths, critiquing existing power structures, or promoting social change. They are commonly employed in social, political, and cultural contexts to offer a more inclusive and comprehensive understanding of complex issues. Consequently, counternarratives can play a significant role in shaping public discourse, challenging established norms, and encouraging critical thinking about prevailing narratives.

This conference is free and will be meeting in-person. Two meals and a light breakfast will be included for all participants.

We invite educators, scholars, researchers, administrators and practitioners from across the country to join your colleagues as we share personal successes and challenges, explore innovative ideas, and showcase best practices.

Registeration is now closed. 

More information about the conference including the schedule and program is available on the GCCC 2024 Conference Website
Friday, January 19: Optional activities will begin at 4:00 pm, followed by a keynote presentation at 5:30 pm, and dinner at 7:00 pm.

Professor Park Kyong will give the keynote lecture, "2086: Together How?," in the Center for Creative Photography Auditorium at 5:30 pm. This lecture is presented in collaboration with the The Center for Creative Photography, the University of Arizona's Center for East Asian Studies, the College of Humanities, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the 8th Annual Globalizing the Community College Curricula Conference. 

Prof. Park Kyong's exhibition, co-curated with Jung Soik, 2086: Together How? asks "how we might work together to endure current and future environmental crises until 2086 when the global population is said to the peak." He will discuss his commissioned exhibition and participation in the Korean Pavilion at the 18th International Venice Architecture Biennale.  

Park Kyong has been a professor at the University of California San Diego since 2007 and the founding director of StoreFront for Art and Architecture in New York (1982-1998), a curator of Gwangju Biennale (1997), Artistic Director and Chief Curator of Anyang Public Art Project (2010), both in South Korea. His solo exhibitions include Kyong Park: New Silk Road at MUSAC in León, Spain (2009-10) and Imagining New Eurasia, a sequence of three research art exhibitions at the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, South Korea (2015-18).

Saturday, January 20: Panel sessions and conference activities from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm.

For questions, please contact us at TVI-Outreach@arizona.edu.