Global Updates From World View
July 2008

International Summer Reads

We hope you are enjoying your summer and taking the time to read a few good “internationally-themed” books. Read on to see what books the folks at World View recommend. What are you reading this summer? Send me your recommendations and a summary of the book and I will add it to the list!

Carina recommends . . . .

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to his White Mother
by James McBride. Riverhead Books, 1996.
This beautifully written memoir is a tribute to the author's mother and her fight for cultural identity. McBride carefully describes a difficult childhood defended by a strong mother, a mother he truly understood once he reached adulthood.

A Year in Provence
by Peter Mayle. Knopf, 1990.
A Year in Provence is the first in a series of humorously written travel narratives about life in southern France. The author takes you on a lyrical journey as a foreigner attempting to relocate to this new and surprising land.


Julie recommends . . . .

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
by Tracy Kidder. Random House, 2004
Tracy Kidder introduces Dr. Paul Framer and his story to the world. Recognized as a leading doctor in infectious diseases, the path to greatness was anything but ordinary for Farmer. Farmer was raised in a bus, a boat, and without many resources, before he found his calling in life at medical school. The book tells Farmer’s story of the trials and tribulations encountered when establishing health clinics, first in Haiti, and then eventually in Peru and Russia. Through his work and dedication Farmer has helped save hundreds of lives.

What is the What?
by Dave Eggers. McSweeney's Publishing, 2006
This story chronicles the life of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee from Sudan who found his way to Atlanta. As one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” Deng survived a civil war by trekking across the country fighting off lions, starvation, and violence before finding temporary, albeit long term, home in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. Several years later, after arriving in the United States Deng discovers new challenges to survive and struggles for security and comfort in his new country.

Lauren recommends . . . .

The Namesake
by Jhumpa Lahiri. Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
The Namesake recounts a young Indian couple who leaves their families in India after marriage and move to the United States.  Here, they begin to raise a family of their own. The novel details the different emotions experienced by both the parents, who try to maintain their heritage and culture in their new American home, and their American-born children, who are constantly grappling to determine their true identity, and fit in somewhere between their home and their social/school life.

Neil recommends . . . .

The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time
by Jeffrey D. Sachs. Penguin Press, 2005.
As Jeffery Sachs points out, over a billion people subsist on less than a dollar a day, the standard threshold for “extreme poverty.” Every year, hundreds of thousands die of starvation, malnutrition, or disease. Tens of millions of children perish in infancy. This book provides the author’s recollections of his experiences as an advisor to developing nations and a forceful analysis of the causes of extreme global poverty. Whether or not you agree with his final solution, this book offers a compelling look at of one of the most pressing issues of our times.

Regina recommends . . . .

Grounded Globalism: How the U.S. South Embraces the World
by James L. Peacock. Univ of Georgia Press, 2007
Many worthwhile books examine globalization from a global perspective. This one asks how globalization has changed a very local place—our own region of the South. Peacock offers insights into the surprisingly early global connections to the South, and the latest connections, through immigration and business, while making clear that what he calls “grounded globalism,” embracing both the local and the global, offers the most sustainable future for our region and our world. Read it and open a discussion in your own community about our global/local lives together!

So Long a Letter
by Mariama Ba. Heinemann, 1989
World View's study visit participants read this very moving story in preparation for their trip to Senegal. In a letter to a life-long friend, the recently widowed Ramatoulaye explores her youth, marriage, and motherhood, and the strength that helped her face the challenges of each life passage. An insightful look into Senegalese culture and women's lives.

Robert recommends . . . .

The Post-American World
by Fareed Zakaria. Norton, W. W. & Company, 2008
Called a prophetic assessment of America 's changing place in the global age and a masterpiece of insight, Fareed Zakaria’s newest book should be on every educator's reading list. He will help you understand the challenges the U.S. faces and its implications for the students we teach. Zakaria is the editor of Newsweek International and writes a weekly international affairs column. He explains a future shaped by many emerging power centers, particularly those of China and India.

Three Cups of Tea . . . One man’s mission to promote peace one school at a time
by Greg Mortenson & David O. Relin. Penguin, 2006.
The uplifting story of Greg Mortenson, an American mountain climber and remarkable humanitarian working in northern Pakistan and Afghanistan. The story begins in 1993 when Mortenson fails in an attempt to summit K2, the planet’s second highest peak but its most difficult. After almost dying on his way back down the mountain, he was nursed back to health by a Pakistani mountain village. Mortenson then promises to return and build a school, and over the next decade he built fifty-five schools in the Karakorum Mountains (a part of the Himalayas) that is the birthplace of the Taliban. The book is a compelling read that helps you understand the complexity of central Asia and its Islamic values.

Antarctica: Life on the Ice
edited by Susan Fox Rogers. Travelers’ Tales, 2007.
A collection of some of the best writing about the seventh continent. The stories reveal the challenges and rewards of exploring the otherworldly continent of Antarctica, a place most of our students know very little.

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K-12 Global Education Symposium:
Bringing World Cultures to the Classrooms

October 22-23, 2008
UNC at
Chapel Hill

As the world’s national boundaries continue to dissolve, students today need to learn how to work and live with others from different cultures who are speaking multiple languages and practicing varying religions.  World View’s symposium offers educators from all subject areas and in all grade levels techniques for integrating global content across the curriculum, as well as other global education resources.  There will be general sessions, concurrent sessions on both content and classroom applications, and support for school-based teams in creating an Action Plan for globalizing schools.  CEU credits offered.

Community College Symposium:
Globalization and Global Health Issues

November 12-13, 2008
UNC at
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The 2008 Community College Symposium addresses a topic central to understanding globalization and vital for community college educators preparing students and faculty for the 21st century:Global Health and the Environment.  There will be general sessions, concurrent sessions, and support for college-based teams in creating an Action Plan for globalizing colleges. This program is designed for administrators and faculty in all disciplines.

Registration for 2008 Symposiums
Registration for each fall symposium is $150 per person. Reduced registration fees are available for schools and colleges registering 4 or more persons. A team of 4 is $500. Only $125 for each additional team member.

K-12 Online Globalization Courses
October 1-
November 11, 2008

Globalization: An Introduction for Principals and Other School Leaders

Globalization: An Introduction for K-12 Teachers

Both online courses immerse educators in an intensive exploration of rapid global changes. The courses discuss global issues in government, economics, cultures, technology, environment and health, culture, and technology impacting our schools and communities, our country, and the planet. By the end of the "Principals and other School Leaders" course, educators should be able to provide leadership in planning and implementing school and system programs to help faculty and students become more globally aware. The goal of the "Teachers" course is to help teachers become aware of the effects of globalization on our world, our country and especially our schools. By the end of the course, teachers should be able to significantly contribute to curriculum planning to help faculty and students become more globally aware.

Registration for 2008 Online Courses
Registration is $200 per person, per course for World View Partners, or $250 per person for non-World View Partners.

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Folkmoot USA
July 14-27, 2008

Folkmoot USA, North Carolina's Official International Festival, is a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Held each summer across the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performances, parades and workshops by more than 350 performers from a dozen or so countries.

Performers demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic and original reproduction costumes, lively dance and beautiful music. During its 25-year history, over 200 folk groups from more than 100 countries have shared their heritage and culture at Folkmoot USA.

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2008 International Festival of Raleigh
September 5- 6, 2008
Raleigh Convention Center

The International Festival of Raleigh is an annual celebration of dance, food, and music from around the globe. This event brings ethnic groups together to share traditions and celebrate their unique differences. It also allows native North Carolinians the ability to visit the world in their own backyard.

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Effective Foreign Language Learning
Carolina Center for Educational Excellence
UNC at Chapel Hill
August 2008

August 6 & 7, 2008, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (New Cohort)

You will learn to:

  • Orchestrate a classroom environment where all students learn to speak a new language successfully and joyfully
  • Incorporate findings from newest brain research
  • Enhance all students' memory and retention with the help of powerful learning tools
  • Address students' many different learning styles
  • Eliminate students' learning blocks so that they reach their potential
  • Incorporate classical music, art, storytelling, drama, and singing into your classroom as well as some simple cross-lateral exercises to enhance students' focus and attention.

CEUs:   1.0 license renewal credits
Cost:    $100 enrollment fee (lunch will be provided)

August 8, 2008, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Follow Up)

This day is a follow up to the fall/spring workshops as well as an addition to the previous two days. It will be beneficial to all teachers who already attended one or two trainings with Svetlana (in November 07, February 08 or August 08).
CEUs:   0.5 license renewal credits
Cost:    $50 enrollment fee (lunch will be provided)

To register for either program, please go to:

The Instructor:
Svetlana Yokum is a Senior Faculty member of the Institute for Accelerated Learning, Teaching and Research (IALTR) and a German Instructor at Durham Technical Community College. Ms. Yokum has conducted many workshops on Accelerated Learning, Multiple Intelligences, Learning Styles, the Use of Visuals and Music in the Classroom, Storytelling, and Games for Language Classrooms. Ms. Yokum has her BA in German and English from the University of Zurich, Switzerland and her MA from Rice University in Houston, TX.