International Education Conference 2013

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International Education Conference 2013

International Education in Emergency Response and Crisis Management

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Kimmel Center, New York University

Sponsored by the International Education Student Board,
The International Education Program at NYU Steinhardt,
Office of Global Services (OGS) at New York University,
NYU Steinhardt Office of Student Affairs, and
the NYU Steinhardt Graduate Student Organization

Updates: The conference schedule is now available. Please click here to view. More information will be available soon on our conference program.

Conference Theme

 Societal disturbances such as crime, natural disasters and emerging civil instability pose a serious risk to educational programs.  The preparation, response and recovery of these local and international educational institutions to emergency situations is a critical area of examination.  Understanding international education as it relates to emergencies is valuable not only to prevent and mitigate future crisis, but also due to the sector's influence on the wider social arena.

This year's conference,"Education in Emergency Response and Crisis Management," seeks to bring together professionals from a variety of fields and world regions to discuss the role of education in preparing for, and mitigating the effects of, crisis situations. Specifically, we seek to explore:

  • How have large educational institutions, such as ministries of education, school districts or universities, evolved in their preparation to ensure an effective response to crises?
  • To what extent have leading international development agencies come to prioritize education as an important force in humanitarian responses? How much have agencies considered developing specific teaching methods and curricula for displaced students who may have been out of school for prolonged periods of time? How have various local communities reacted to outside educational efforts in humanitarian relief?
  • How do cross-cultural programs balance the goal of ensuring students a safe, but also rewarding and unique, exchange experience? In what instances have safety measures hindered a program's ability to provide students comprehensive access to local communities? How have efforts to internationalize higher education and increase study abroad programs confronted such challenges? Similarly, to what extent do the safety policies of various foreign ministries prevent officials from pursuing effective diplomatic exchange?
  • Finally, what disaster and emergency response plans in education have been the most effective or show the most promise?  How can these be modeled for differing social, political, and cultural structures?
Keynote Speaker

Zama Coursen-Neff is the executive director of the children's rights division of Human Rights Watch, where she leads the organization’s work on children’s rights. Coursen-Neff’s expertise covers a range of issues affecting children, including access to education, police violence, refugee protection, the worst forms of child labor, and discrimination against women and girls. Coursen-Neff is a founder and now chairs the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), unique inter-agency collaboration of non-governmental organizations and UN agencies dedicated to protecting schools, teachers, and students from targeted attack during armed conflict.

Coursen-Neff’s work has covered countries such as Afghanistan, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Somalia, and the United States. She has written a dozen reports on children’s rights issues for Human Rights Watch and is interviewed frequently in the media.

During a sabbatical in 2006/2007, Coursen-Neff ran a protection monitoring team for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Sri Lanka. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 1999, Coursen-Neff clerked for a US federal judge, advocated on behalf of immigrants and refugees in the US, and worked with community development and women's organizations in Honduras. She is a graduate of Davidson College and New York University School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden-Snow Public Interest Scholar.


 For a complete listing of panelist names and panel titles, please click here.

Time Location Event
8:45-9:30AM Kimmel 912/914 Check-in and Breakfast
9:30-10:00AM Kimmel 912/914 Welcoming Comments
     Dean Beth Weitzman
     Professor Philip Hosay
10:00-11:00AM Kimmel 912/914 Keynote Address
      Zama Coursen-Neff
     Human Rights Watch
11:15-12:15PM Kimmel 903 Session 1A: Aid Deployment in Education in Emergencies
Gad Marcus and Raphael Marcus, New York University/Emergency Response at Humedica, Plan of Action for Emergencies: Creating an Active Role for Schools in Disaster Areas
Naomi Moland, New York University, Soft (and furry) Power: USAID's Deployment of Muppets into Conflict Zones
  Kimmel 905 Session 1B: Prioritizing Human Rights Education
Jon Roberts, University of Pennsylvania, International Education Development Program, Human Rights Education: A Proactive Approach for Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Ariel Tellatin, American University, School of Education Teaching and Health, Reparations Through Education: Setting the Stage for Transitional Justice in Colombia
  Kimmel 907 Session 1C: Effective Higher Education Management
Andrea Brown Murga, New York University, Affirmative Action in Brazilian and U.S. University Admissions
Denise LiGreci, New York University, The Bologna Process: Transforming the Social Dimension of European Higher Education
12:15-1:30PM   Lunch
1:30-2:30PM Kimmel 905 Session 2A: Education in Migration and Occupation
Mark Malisa, The College of Saint Rose, Contrasting Perspectives on the Education of Refugees: USA/Cuba
Karen Ross, Indiana University, Working Within the Constraints of Conflict: Sadaka Reut and Jewish/Palestinian Partnership in Israel
  Kimmel 907 Session 2B: Human Rights Emergencies, International Interventions
Moderator: Alice Jacques, New York University
Stephanie DeGonda, New York University, Jóvenes en Situaciones de Riesgo: Education and It’s Role in Conflict Mitigation in Honduras
Devin Faris, New York University, Durable Solutions for Africa’s Refugees: Locally Integrated Education Opportunities for Protracted Refugee Situations in Africa’s Great Lakes Region
Philip Johnson, New York University, Choose Your Own Emergency: De/constructing the Mali Crisis
  Kimmel 903 Session 2C: Child Development in International Education
Annett Graefe, New York University, Facing a History of War and Ethnic Cleansing - Challenges and Accomplishment of K-12 Democracy Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Christina Martin, New York University, Women AND Girls: Promoting Peacebuilding among Girls in Conflict
2:40-3:40PM Kimmel 903 Session 3A: Quality Control and Education
Jennifer Bangoura, School for International Training, One is Not the Loneliest Number: Single-Teacher Schools in Mali and Education for All
Elisabeth Neiada, New York University, Parlez-vous Int'Ed?: IB vs Avenues
  Kimmel 905 Session 3B: Responding to Attacks on Education
Daniela Kaisth, Institute for International Education, Innovative Responses to Student Emergencies: IIE's Emergency Student Fund and Syria Consortium
Amy Kapit, New York University, Protecting Education: Examining Responses to Attacks on Education in Occupied Palestinian Territory
  Kimmel 907 Session 3C: H igher Education and Emergency Response
John Idiku Odaji, International Relations and Strategic Studies, Department of Political Science, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria, Factors Militating Against Effective Response to Emergency and Crisis in Nigerian Universities
Amra Sabic-El-Rayess, Teachers College, Columbia University, Educational Corruption in Post-war Bosnia: Disrupting Coping and Social Mobility Mechanisms?
3:50-4:50PM Kimmel 903 Session 4A: Language and Cultural Immersion
Marcia Malcolm, McGill University, Adapting Quebec's French Immersion Program to Teach Foreign Languages in Jamaica
Rachel Vaughn, SIT Graduate Institute, Community Based Study Abroad in India: Lessons from Pune and Jaipur
  Kimmel 905 Session 4B: Education in Emergencies in Haiti
Jamaine Carrington, New York University, Education's Place in Crisis Ridden Haiti
Katherine Summers, Florida State University, Revisiting the Evaluation of Models for Educational Aid Programs in Emergency Contexts
  Kimmel 907 Session 4C: Preparedness, Response and Recovery: The Role of INEE in Education in Emergencies
Rena Deitz, Teachers College, Columbia University, Conflict Sensitive Education: Using the INEE Minimum Standards to Implement Conflict Sensitive Education
Heather Hansen, International Rescue Committee, Lessons from the Field: Integrating the INEE Minimum Standards into Education Programs
Sacha Manov, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, The INEE Minimum Standards: An Essential Element of Emergency Response for Sudanese Refugees
Kevin O'Dowd, New York University Center for Global Affairs, INEE Education First and Education Cannot Wait: Call to Action Advocacy Campaign
5:00-7:00PM Pless Hall, 1st Floor Lounge Reception

Volunteers are needed for the 2012 International Education Conference. To learn more about volunteer roles and responsibilities, and to sign up, please click here.

Call for Proposals

The interdisciplinary field of international education provides a unique opportunity to address these topics from a variety of academic and practical perspectives. Participants from any discipline are encouraged to apply.  By bringing together scholars, researchers, and practitioners, we hope to come to new understandings of the nature of our work in the field and in the classroom.  Both doctoral and masters' students are encouraged to submit proposals, as this is a graduate student conference.

We seek individual and/or group proposals for paper presentations. We will primarily use panel format for our sessions, although proposals for other kinds of presentations may be submitted. Individual papers will be grouped in topical panels, arranged after proposals have been accepted and confirmed. LCD projectors and Power-point equipped PC laptops will be available for all sessions.

Individual Paper Proposals:
* Title of paper
* Presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, and title
* Mailing address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers
* An abstract of 150-200 words
* Three keyword descriptors

Group Paper Proposals:
* Title of the panel session
* All names, institutional affiliations and titles
* All mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, telephones and fax numbers
* An abstract of 150-200 words for the panel
* An abstract of 150-200 words for each individual paper
* Keyword descriptors for panel

We are no longer accepting paper proposals for our 2013 conference.

Location, Lodging, and Fees

The 2013 Conference will be hosted at New York University’s Washington Square campus, primarily in buildings associated with the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Please be advised that participants from outside the NYU community will be charged a $30.00 registration fee to cover the costs associated with the conference. This fee will not apply to current NYU students. The conference does not provide travel assistance or lodging for conference participants.

Find more information about transportation and lodging here.


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Any questions about the conference can be directed to Erinn Bernstein at