‘Educational Imperative: Engaging the
World and the People Who Make It’
SPOKANE, Wash. – Joe Kinsella, Ph.D., assistant academic vice-president and director of Gonzaga University’s Center for Global Engagement, will discuss “Educational Imperative: Engaging the World and the People Who Make It” at noon, Tuesday, Sept. 24 in the McCarthey Athletic Center’s Herak Club Room.
The program, sponsored by the Greater Gonzaga Guild, includes a social starting at 11:30 a.m. and lunch. The cost is $18.50 and reservations are required. To make reservations call (509) 313-6095. Free parking is available in the parking lot on the south side of the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Kinsella will discuss the Jesuit approach to intercultural learning and why global engagement is particularly important for students today. He will share insights into the history and impact of study abroad programs, as well as how institutions create meaningful international experiences on campus.
This year marks the 50th anniversary year of Gonzaga-in-Florence, Italy, the University’s first study abroad program, which continues to provide students with a unique cultural immersion experience in Italian and European life. Members of the first Florence class will attend the Sept. 24 event to discuss how the experience impacted them.
An anthropologist with deep experience in international and intercultural education, Kinsella has worked in international education since 1988. He conducted doctoral research in Zimbabwe between 1998 and 2004, and has carried out fieldwork in Uganda as well. Before joining Gonzaga earlier this year, he worked and taught at DePaul University in Chicago, serving as director of study abroad and designing student study experiences in Botswana, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Japan, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and Zimbabwe.
The Greater Gonzaga Guild is dedicated to raising awareness of Gonzaga’s scholarly and cultural contributions to the region. The Guild is open to all people interested in learning.
For more information, please contact Mary Joan Hahn, director of public and community relations for Gonzaga University, at (509) 313-6095 or via e-mail.