Webster at NAFSA: Drumming Up Culture and Theory in International Education

| May 30, 2013

Webster University’s participation at the 65th annual NAFSA Conference of international educators continues all week, and Wednesday was quite a busy day.

President Stroble welcomed presidents from universities around the world to NAFSA's Pr

President Stroble welcomed presidents from universities around the world to NAFSA’s Presidents’ Day in the Renaissance Grand Hotel.

President Beth Stroble participated in a variety of Campus Presidents’ Day activities specifically for university presidents. She introduced leaders of other institutions to Webster and welcomed them to St. Louis at the NAFSA Presidents’ Day dinner, the theme of which was “The World Through Arab Eyes: Reshaping the Middle East.”

During the day, Webster faculty and staff shared insights from their development of Webster’s innovative Global Citizenship Program. Kim McGrath, Bill Lynch, Ron Daniel and Bruce Umbaugh presented “Integrating Global Learning in the U.S. Undergraduate Curriculum” to the educators gathered in St. Louis this week.

Provost Julian Schuster welcomed members of the Bilateral Fulbright Commission as they held their meeting at Webster’s downtown campus location in the Old Post Office building. The meeting of Fulbright commissioners was organized by Webster Vienna international relations faculty member Lonnie Johnson, a Fulbright commissioner who is also executive director of the Austrian-American Education Commission.

Webster staff and guests experienced the City Museum.

Webster staff and guests experienced the City Museum.

Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, moved the audience for his lunchtime keynote on global citizenship, as he shared his own journey to the U.S. that began 34 years ago.

Just a few blocks from the conference and from Webster’s Old Post Office location, Webster hosted “Cultural Night” at the one-of-a-kind City Museum, which brings out the explorer in everyone.

And at the Webster exhibit on the conference floor, visitors were treated to calligraphy from the Confucius Institute of Webster University and drum accompaniment to the Lion Dance from the Nine Dragon Academy.

View the drums above (and hear them by clicking the speaker icon), and check out a similar clip of calligraphers at this Vine link.

Calligraphers through the Confucius Institute at Webster write for NAFSA guests.

Calligraphers through the Confucius Institute at Webster write for NAFSA guests.

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