Global Updates From World View
February 2011

International Summer Opportunities
for Educators and Students

This annual issue of Global Updates highlights a sample of summer institutes or courses, international service learning, volunteer, and exchange opportunities, and international study tours for educators and a special section with opportunities for students. Be sure to check individual organization’s websites for the most accurate and up-to-date information and application deadlines.

I. Summer Institutes, Courses, and Conferences (U.S.-based)

American Councils for International Education: Intensive Summer Language Institutes
This program provides fully funded fellowships for U.S. classroom teachers to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Arabic and Chinese in Egypt and Mainland China. The Intensive Summer Language Institutes are funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and administered by American Councils for International Education. The program is open to current K-12 teachers and community college instructors of Arabic and Mandarin Chinese, as well as to students enrolled in education programs preparing them to teach these languages. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and non-native speakers of Arabic and Chinese in order to qualify. Program Dates: June 21-August 6, 2011. Application Deadline: March 4, 2011. To apply, please visit

Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition Summer Institutes
The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota has sponsored a summer institute program for second language teachers since 1996. CARLA summer institutes attract participants from around the globe including program administrators, curriculum specialists, and foreign language and ESL teachers at all levels of instruction. Twelve institutes will be offered in 2011. The 2011 institute schedule is posted at
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Choices Program Summer Institute
This four-day summer institute for secondary teachers joins content and methodology. Multiple scholars provide content sessions while lead teachers help participants incorporate content into their teaching. The 2011 Institute focuses on the U.S. in Afghanistan from July 7- 15.
Location: Providence, Rhode Island

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Summer Seminars for Teachers
These weeklong summer seminars provide intellectual development as well as a context for developing classroom resources and strategies. The Institute offers thirty-nine different seminars including: The International Impact of the Declaration of Independence, The Age of Lincoln, American History in a Global Context, and The Global Cold War. Visit for more information.
Application deadline: February 15, 2011
weeklong seminars occur June through August
Location: various locations in the U.S. and the U.K.
Cost: The Gilder Lehrman Institute covers all books, room, and board as well as providing a $400 (U.S.) or $500 (abroad) travel reimbursement. Participants cover all other travel and personal expenses.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars and Institutes
Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers full-time teachers in any American K-12 school opportunities to study humanities topics in a variety of summer seminars and institutes. The principle goal is to engage teachers in studies of the humanities through reading, discussion, writing, and reflection. Seminars and institutes focus on themes from history, literature, and world cultures. For forthcoming program dates and information visit:
Application deadline: March 1, 2011
various locations in the U.S. and abroad

Seminar on Korean History & Culture and the Korean American Experience
This five-day seminar provides an understanding of Korean history, fosters an awareness of its rich culture, and makes available outstanding resources and lessons. Participants learn about Korea from prominent scholars, view engaging films, explore Koreatown, savor delicious food, visit a Buddhist temple, view exquisite art, hear the unique sounds of Korean music, and more. Participants also will learn about additional study and travel grants. For further program information e-mail or watch for upcoming information at
August 1-5, 2011
Los Angeles, California

Southeast Asia: At the Crossroads of World War II
Open to secondary school educators teaching humanities, school librarians, and homeschooling parents, this three-week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute will provide an in-depth study exploring the events and developments that turned Southeast Asia into a major theatre of World War II, and how the war transformed the region, realigned the world, and set in motion historical processes that continue to be crucial today. Participants will compare and synthesize the various perspectives offered by the institute faculty, make connections between the institute content and classroom applications, and develop improved teaching materials for their classrooms. 
Dates: June 26 - July 15, 2011
Location: Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)
SEASSI is an eight-week intensive language training program for undergraduate and graduate students and professionals, held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Instruction is offered in the following languages:  Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese. Each language course is equivalent to two semesters of study, with full academic-year credit.  Instruction is given in small individualized groups.
Application deadline: April 15, 2011
June 13 - August 5, 2011
Location:  Madison, Wisconsin

Understanding and Teaching about Islam
Dar al Islam offers a free residential two-week long summer institute, primarily for secondary school teachers. The program covers the faith, civilization, and world-view of Islam through a study of primary texts and classical and later interpretations. The goal is for educators to see how Islam works in the daily life of Muslims and to better understand the basic tenets of this fast growing faith in the US and the world. Graduate-level college credits available. For program brochure see:
Application deadline: April 1, 2011
Dates: July 5 - 17, 2011
Location: Abiquiu, New Mexico
Cost: No registration costs, participants must pay for their own travel to Albuquerque. Room, board, materials, and books are provided. There is a fee to earn college credits.

Yale Summer Institutes: Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER)
The MacMillan Center of Yale University draws upon university resources to offer a summer institute series. Each Institute includes lectures and seminars by leading scholars; films; workshops; field trips; and teaching resources and strategy sessions.  Some institutes include short overseas study tours. Watch for 2011 schedule announcements at
Location: New Haven, Connecticut. Institutes may also spend days in New York City or Washington, D.C.

II. Service Learning, Volunteer, and Exchange Opportunities

A Broader View Volunteers Corp
A Broader View Volunteers Corp offers 165 programs in 22 Countries and creates opportunities for High School and College Students.  The organization can also customize programs for groups and individuals. Programs include teaching English, environmental work, health and sanitation, construction, volunteering in orphanages or day care, and more. Program fees are tax deductible for all volunteers. More information at:
Duration: From 1 week to 24 weeks, Programs year round, flexible starting dates.
Cost: From $795 and up (airfare not included)

Cross-Cultural Solutions
Cross-Cultural Solutions’ flexible international volunteer programs offer the opportunity to come face-to-face with global issues and become part of productive solutions. They have developed partnerships with social service pioneers in a number of host countries and sponsor projects that focus on health care, education, and social development. Volunteer Abroad participants can choose from almost 200 start dates and from 12 countries. The website provides further information for one week and 2-12 week programs.
Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
Cost: $1,946 – and higher (excludes travel to and from the site)

Earthwatch Institute
Earthwatch expeditions allow participants to work side-by-side with leading scientists on ongoing research projects worldwide. Through the Live from the Field programs educators can bring their experiences to the classroom via blogs, photos, videos, lessons and activities. Fellowships are awarded through a competitive application process to elementary, middle, and high school educators and administrators. For information on educator opportunities see:
Duration: varies
Cost: $450 - $3,895 (excludes travel to and from the site; fellowships available)

Global Volunteer Network
The Global Volunteer Network offers volunteer opportunities in community projects throughout the world. They currently provide volunteer programs in 22 countries throughout South America, Africa, and Asia. For more information visit:
Duration: 1 week – 6 months
Cost: varies depending on country of program and length of stay; fundraising packet available.

Global Volunteers
Global Volunteers places volunteers in 150 programs in 20 countries, including the United States. Teams of volunteers live and work together with local people on human and economic development projects. For a global volunteer schedule see:
Duration: 1 - 3 weeks (extended service term 6-24 weeks)
Cost: $50 - $3,000+ ; fundraising options available.

Habitat for Humanity: Global Village Program
Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Village trips allows participants a unique opportunity to become active partners with people of another culture. Team members work alongside members of the host country to build homes in impoverished areas, while also experiencing the community’s culture, language, and social practices. For more information see the program fact sheet at:
Duration: 9 - 14 days
Cost: $1,275 - $2,500 (includes room and board, travel insurance, in country transportation, and a donation to the project; airfare not included)

Operations Crossroads Africa
Operations Crossroads Africa is a cross-cultural exchange program offering seven-week volunteer opportunities in various African countries. All projects are community-initiated, so participants will live and work with hosts who have designed the project. Projects fall into five categories: community construction/development, women in development, agriculture/reforestation, community medical or health outreach, and education/training projects. For more information see:
Duration/Dates: 7 weeks / June 15 - August 10, 2011
Cost: $3,800 (includes airfare, in country travel, room and board, materials; fundraising options available.)

Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad has many volunteer programs for both educators and students (16 and over). Programs are in teaching, care and community, medicine, conservation, business, journalism, veterinary medicine, physiotherapy, animal care, IT projects, sports, law, Nomad projects, Inca projects, Khmer projects, Spanish, French, and Russian. Programs are currently available in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the South Pacific. For more information see:
Duration: 2 weeks - 6 months
Cost: $2,195-$5,000+ (includes housing, meals, medical and travel insurance, visa support, and program; travel to site is not included)

Service Civil International Voluntary Service
Service Civil International is a non-profit network for voluntary service promoting global tolerance and understanding through grassroots community service in 50 countries. Its work camp service visits require less out-of-pocket cost, but are somewhat more rustic – often requiring volunteers to bring sleeping bags and tents.  Long Term Volunteers (LTV) can choose from available 2 to 3 month options.  Participants must be willing to live, work, and cook together with others from different backgrounds and cultures. See for more information.
Duration: 2 - 3 weeks or 2-3 months
Cost: $235 for overseas and $100 for US (excludes travel to and from the site). Some host sites may be higher.

WorldTeach at the Center for International Development
WorldTeach is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based at Harvard University that provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries. In addition to year-long programs, WorldTeach also offers summer service programs in China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Namibia, Poland, and South Africa. For details visit:
Duration: 2 months - 1 year
Cost: $1,500-$5,990 (includes airfare). Summer programs are $3,990-$5,490.

III. Study Tours

World View Study Visit to Costa Rica
The goal of the study visit is to help educators become leaders for global education by looking beyond the borders of North Carolina and experiencing a culture, country, and people different from their own. Educators will learn about Costa Rica’s education system, the Spanish language, development and environmental issues by exploring significant cultural and historical sites and interacting with Costa Rican families. This study visit is a unique and challenging professional development opportunity---not your typical tourist trip! Knowledge, strategies, and experiences gleaned from the study visit, as well as the Latin America and North Carolina seminar and the follow-up workshop will give participants the ability to add global content to their teaching and help their schools and colleges become more global in focus.
Application deadline: We still have space available! Please contact World View at 919/962-9264 for more information.
Dates: June 27-July 6, July 14-23, July 27-August 5, 2011
Location: Costa Rica
Cost: $2,000 (includes airfare)

American Councils for International Education Seminars
The Educational Seminars program offers Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State funded grants for U.S. school teachers and administrators. Educational Seminars are designed to provide U.S. and international partner administrators, teachers, and students with opportunities to learn more about each other’s countries, educational systems, teaching methodologies, culture and society, and to initiate collaborative projects with international partner schools and communities. 2011 programs include destinations such as Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Thailand.
Application deadline:
dates vary by program
Cost: All travel and program expenses are covered.

Augsburg College Center for Global Education Travel Seminars
The Center for Global Education will host summer travel seminars to Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Mexico. Trips explore themes such as environmental justice and sustainable development, immigration, and women’s studies. Application deadlines, cost, and schedule vary.

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. The Center’s AsiaPacificEd Program for Schools supports the Center’s mission by providing global learning and exchange opportunities for educators and students in the United States and in the Asia Pacific region. For more information, including program applications and deadlines, visit the Center’s website:

Contemporary Russia: A Summer Area Studies Program in Russia
The American Councils Contemporary Russia Program offers undergraduate and graduate students as well as working professionals an opportunity to study abroad in Russia. Contemporary Russia is the first American Councils program designed to serve participants at all levels of Russian-language proficiency, including those with no prior training in the language. Other program features include weekly cultural excursions, peer tutors, and pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.  Participants are registered for academic credit at Bryn Mawr College.
Application Deadline: March 15, 2011
Dates: June 21- July 27, 2011
Location: Moscow, Russia

Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminars Abroad
Programs provide short-term seminars for elementary or high school educators in the social sciences and humanities. Participants will improve their knowledge of the people and cultures of the country they visit through a combined academic and cultural experience. Programs are made available through interagency agreements and bi-national organizations. Although 2011 deadlines have past, visit the website to apply for 2012 programs:
Dates: dates vary according to location
Location: Argentina, India, Turkey, Greece, China, Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Oman, and Australia
Cost: Airfare, room and board, in-country travel, and fees are covered by the program. Participants are responsible for a “cost share” which usually totals $450.

Global Exploration for Educators Organization
Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a non-profit organization that runs professional development travel programs designed for teachers.  GEEO is offering 13 different travel programs for the summer of 2011: India/Nepal, China, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey/Syria/Jordan/Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/Botswana, Morocco, Argentina/Uruguay/Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica and Guatemala/Belize/Mexico. Educators have the option to earn graduate school credit through Indiana University and professional development credit while seeing the world.  The trips are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. GEEO also advises teachers on how to find funding to subsidize the cost of the trips. GEEO provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all K-12 and University educators and administrators, as well as retired educators. Educators are also permitted to bring along a non-educator guest.  Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at GEEO can also be reached 7 days a week, toll free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9AM-9PM EST. To sign-up for GEEO's listserv, please send an email to with the subject line "subscribe."

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars and Institutes
Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers full-time teachers in any American K-12 school opportunities to study humanities topics in a variety of summer seminars and institutes. The principle goal is to engage teachers in studies of the humanities through reading, discussion, writing, and reflection. Seminars and institutes focus on themes from history, literature, and world cultures. 2011 dates and application materials available on the website,
Deadline: March 1, 2011
Location: various locations in the U.S. and abroad
Cost: The price of seminars and institutes vary. All teachers selected to participate will receive a fixed stipend based on the length of the seminar to cover travel, research, and living expenses.

Toyota International Teacher Program
The Toyota International Teacher Program currently travels to the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, and as of 2011 South Africa. All programs focus on ways in which U.S. teachers can incorporate global and environmental education into their classrooms and communities through interdisciplinary and solution-centered approaches.
Application Deadline: Current application deadline has passed. Send contact information to for notification when the next application cycle opens.
Location: Costa Rica, Galapagos Islands, and South Africa
Cost: All program materials, transportation, meals, and lodging are covered.

The SEVEN Fund 2011 Teaching Fellowship
The SEVEN Fund is currently sponsoring a travel Fellowship competition for K-12 educators for this summer that will enable teachers to travel to Rwanda for two weeks to study poverty alleviation efforts, meeting with leaders in the private, government, and education sectors, and participate in a program customized to their interests. Three Fellows will be selected from public school settings, and one Fellow will be chosen from a faith-based school. 
Application Deadline: February 28
Location: Rwanda
Cost: All program costs, transportation, meals, and lodging are covered.

Summer Program for Russian Language Teachers
The American Councils Summer Program for Russian Language Teachers offers qualified U.S. pre- and in-service teachers of Russian language and culture from both high schools and universities the opportunity to reach new levels of competency in Russian, and to experience firsthand the latest developments in the discipline. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently serving as high school- or university-level teachers of Russian language and culture, or graduate students who intend a teaching career. Educators may qualify to earn academic credit from Bryn Mawr College.
Application Deadline:
March 1, 2011
Dates: June 14 – Aug. 1, 2011
Location: Moscow, Russia

IV. Student Opportunities

Abbey Road Overseas Program
Summer immersion programs for high school students in Spain, France, and Italy that facilitate cross-cultural understanding and enrichment by providing a unique opportunity for: intensive language study and immersion, personal growth, cultural and academic enrichment, travel, recreational and athletic activities, and building lasting ties to host families and peers from around the world.  Programs typically run from two to five weeks and the all inclusive fees range from approximately $4,000 to $9,000. 

AFS Intercultural Programs  
AFS offers high school exchange programs in 44 countries for students age 15 to 18.  Programs range from a summer to a year abroad and include homestays with carefully selected host families, plus many activities designed to help participants see and experience the country and culture.  Several scholarship opportunities are available and listed online.  Students must be nominated by a teacher, a guidance counselor, an honor society advisor, a principal, or another school representative.

American Youth Leadership Program with Cambodia – Channeling the Story: A Cross-cultural Investigation of Modern Media
This four week program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will provide opportunities for high school students and teachers to travel to Cambodia to work with their Cambodian counterparts as they examine the role of the media (both local and international) in fostering or distorting understanding of historic and contemporary issues, including gender, human rights, education, the environment, and the Khmer Rouge history. Participants will explore ways in which free speech and expression contribute to building societies that are more open, innovative, prosperous, fair, and peaceful. Program runs July 11 - August 7, 2011. Application deadline: February 21, 2011. For information contact; tel: 808-944-7378.

AYUSA Global Youth Exchange 
This study abroad program is designed for 15 to 18 year olds who are looking for a semester or academic year abroad.  Students can choose to study in Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, or Central or South America.  Three to six week summer sessions available in some countries as well.  Language requirements vary, and partial and full scholarships are available.  Program costs start at $6,000.
Children’s International Summer Village (CISV)
CISV evolved from a firm conviction that lasting peace is possible if individuals and groups can learn to live together as friends.  CISV offers a four week international camp called Summer Village for 11 year olds, a two to four week international interchange for 12 to 15 year olds, a three week camp for 13 to 15 year olds, and a three week seminar camp for 17-18 year olds.  For participants 19 and older there is a three week International People’s Project where individuals participate in hands-on work for a project across the globe.

Civic Education Project, Middle and High School Summer Student Programs
The Civic Education Project (CEP), a leadership and citizenship program at Northwestern University, offers three programs for 7th-12th graders during the summer: CivicWeek, Civic Leadership Institute, and CivicAction.  CEP programs explore complex social issues through academic study, meaningful service work, and meetings with community leaders. Youth learn how to apply skills and abilities to pressing social issues in their own communities.  Programs cover a wide variety of topics including poverty, homelessness, education, public health, law, politics, leadership, and social change.

Class AfloatTM  
Class AfloatTM is a shipboard studies program for 11th, 12th and junior college level students—an alternative educational experience that promotes responsible global citizenship in the 21st century. The program explores the social dynamics of life and work on a sailing ship and provides hands-on educational experiences around the globe.  A semester or full year of study is available at a cost of $32,000-$47,000 (does not include round-trip airfare).  Financial assistance and scholarships are available.  The program is sanctioned by Alberta Learning and the Quebec Ministry of Education.

Columbia University Pre-college Summer High School Program
The School of Continuing Education at Columbia University offers students entering 11th or 12th grade the opportunity to experience college life while living in a foreign city. Students will broaden their world view through one of two vigorous academic programs: “The Barcelona Experience” or “Culture and History: Understanding the Arab World.”

Experiment in International Living   
Experiment in International Living programs offer cultural immersion experiences in more than 70 countries for high school and undergraduate students.  For three to five weeks in summer, participants focus on themes such as community service, language study, ecology, travel, or the arts, while living with a host family and working with a group of students.  With experienced group leaders and in-country guides as resources, students build communication skills, increase their self-confidence, and enhance their global awareness.  Fees range from $5,000 to $8,000, which includes round-trip airfare.

Global Works
Since 1990, Global Works has been providing summer programs around the world for high school students featuring community service, cultural exchange, adventure travel, and language learning. Length of programs and costs vary by location.

Global Youth Village
The Global Youth Village is an international youth camp that has been operated by Legacy International since 1979. Legacy International is a non-profit, educational organization affiliated with the United Nation’s Department of Public Information as a Non-Governmental organization.  The campsite is in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia. A 20-day Crossing Cultures Program for youth ages 14 to 18 runs July 19 to August 7.  Tuition is $2,600.

Heifer International
Heifer International offers a couple of different programs for youth at their ranch in Perryville, Arkansas.  Duration and costs vary.

LEAPYear is a 9-month program for 17-20 year olds which includes a three-month group semester of language, service and cultural immersion in Central America or Asia, a 12-week solo internship of one’s own choosing, career and job-readiness counseling, a curriculum of Life Skills Learning, and a formal Rite of Passage that also involves the parents.  The program is meant to replace the first year of college, last year of high school or function as a year between high school and college.  The cost is $33,900 and includes all scheduled program activities, food and accommodation during the program, one full year of college credit and two international round-trip airfares (one to Central America or Asia for the Fall Semester, and the other elsewhere in the world for the internship). State and federal financial aid is available because program participants are considered full-time college students.  Scholarships are also available.

Lifeworks International
Lifeworks offers global programs for teens (14 to 19 years of age) which combine international community service projects with cultural immersion, travel and outdoor adventure. Prices vary by location.

National Geographic Student Expeditions
National Geographic Student Expeditions, designed for high school students, offer active, hands-on expeditions combining education and adventure. Two types of programs are offered: expeditions (2-3 weeks) and field workshops (10-12 days). Student projects allow them to focus on a particular area of interest—photography, writing, culture, or conservation, while spending three weeks exploring fascinating places like Costa Rica, Peru, Tanzania, China, India, or Spain. U.S. destinations include Hawaii and Bar Harbor, Maine.

People to People International
People to People International's EXPERIENCE travel programs strive to immerse high school students in cultural, educational and humanitarian activities while engaging them in thoughtful discussions about their role in the world. The two-week 2011 trip will be to South Africa. Through the Student Ambassador Program students travel abroad to meet peers in other countries, participate in homestays and experience the diverse cultures and history of the destinations visited.  People to People Student Ambassadors are grade school, junior high, and high school students that travel overseas for two to three weeks during the summer to learn, share, and represent their communities and schools.  The purpose of People to People Sports Ambassador Programs is to give athletes a greater understanding of the world around them through international competition and cultural exchange. For more information on all of the programs PTPI has to offer visit

Rotary Youth Exchange
Rotary International’s Youth Exchange programs offer short and long term exchanges worldwide.  Youth, ages 15 to 25, can live and study for up to one year in a foreign country.  Participant costs vary by duration of stay and location.

World Affairs Seminar
The World Affairs Seminar introduces future leaders to some of the most perplexing global issues. Hundreds of the best and brightest high school students from all over the world come to Wisconsin (June 18-24, 2011) to study and discuss global issues in a safe and non-threatening environment. The 2011 central theme is “Sustainable Development”. The daily academic schedule consists of college level lectures, documentary films and Global Forum simulation group meetings.

World Experience
World Experience is an exchange program for high school students.  Study visits can be made for one or two semesters in 15 countries across the globe. World Experience strives to strengthen international links of friendship, support and understanding among students, families and communities through a personally guided program of sharing. Students participating in a World Experience program live the adventure, immersed in a new way of life.

Youth For Understanding USA  
More than 200,000 young people have participated in Youth For Understanding (YFU) exchanges in 35 countries for an academic year, academic semester, or summer.  YFU students have the chance to learn new languages, experience another culture, make new friends, and discover the world while living with a volunteer host family.  Participants must be between the ages of 15 and 19, meet minimum GPA requirements, and be in good health.  Program costs start at $6,000. YFU offers a number of scholarship programs, some specifically geared towards minority students.

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Public Lecture: Entrepreneurship Across Borders: Germany and Beyond
Feb. 23, 2011, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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As part of the Global Business Speaker Series, Martin Schneider, Vice President and Chief Information Officer for VF Corporation, will present a talk entitled "Entrepreneurship Across Borders: Germany and Beyond". At VF, Mr. Schneider is responsible for developing and executing strategies to integrate and align technology with VF's business plan objectives.

Prior to joining VF in 2006, Schneider served as Vice President of Global Technical & Manufacturing Systems for The Gillette Company in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was responsible for all order-to-cash manufacturing, supply chain and procurement systems on a global basis. During his tenure with Gillette, Schneider also served as the Director of Eastern Hemisphere Shared Service Center in Germany and as Chief Information Officer for Duracell.

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February 16th  |  7:00 PM  |  
FedEx Global Education Center Galleries | UNC at Chapel Hill

For the past four years Susan Harbage Page has photographed the possessions left behind by immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border near Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico. 

The photography by Susan Harbage Page provokes visual conversations about the material culture of the immigrant experience.  Images of a deflated inner tube dropped by the road, a wallet mired, its contents spilling into the mud, footsteps revealed in soft earth, and river-wet clothes wrung, wadded, and cast aside document ordinary things possessed with extraordinary associations of flight, hope, panic, determination, and fear. 

Hear Susan discuss her work and then enjoy a reception and view the artwork on display throughout the FedEx Global Education Center, including a "border" installation on the floor of the Peacock Atrium.

The Walking the Border exhibit will be on display in the FedEx Global Ed Center through March 12,

A New Look for the Lesson Plans:
The Library of Congress lesson plans, which have been a core part of the Library's teacher resources for more than a decade, are sporting a fresh look and a new address.

These lessons, all of which were developed by teachers and tested in classrooms, now have a more consistent structure and a streamlined new look, and are available at The old URLs will only redirect for a few more weeks, so stop by to revisit your favorites and update your bookmarks.

Standards and Sharing: Teachers can now find and share Library of Congress teacher resources more easily than ever, thanks to two new tools on the Library's Web site for teachers,  

Searching by Standards: Starting today, users can search all of the Library's classroom materials by state standard. Teachers simply select their grade level, state, and subject taught to discover which of the Library's classroom materials (primary source sets, lesson plans, Collection Connections, presentations, and activities) meet the relevant standards. In addition, each individual teacher resource will have a link that will show which standards it meets.

Sharing Resources: It is now easier for teachers to share and save their favorite Library of Congress teacher resources. Every item on the Library's Web site for teachers features a sharing toolbar that lets teachers quickly and easily share or bookmark that item via more than ten different Web 2.0 tools, including Facebook, Twitter, and Digg. This toolbar also provides easy ways to save, e-mail, and print.