CAORC Now Accepting Applications for Overseas Faculty Development Seminars

Oct 06, 2020 • Views -

Sponsored by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) offers fully-funded overseas seminars that allow faculty and administrators from U.S. community colleges and minority-serving institutions to gain the requisite first-hand experience needed to develop international courses, curriculum, and teaching materials. CAORC, in partnership with its overseas member centers, is now accepting applications for its Summer 2021 short-term faculty development seminars to India, Mexico, and Senegal. These competitive award programs are only open to faculty and administrators from U.S. community colleges and minority-serving institutions.

Exploring Urban Sustainability through India’s Cities

India: Late June–Early July 2021

Application Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021

Across the globe, as towns grow into cities and as cities morph into megacities, what can be done to ensure that demands for quality economic opportunities and decent standards of living are balanced against increased pressures on the environment, energy resources, and threatened cultural traditions? This seminar will visit three rapidly changing Indian cities—Delhi, Jaipur, and Lucknow—to explore how environment and STEM-related issues are situated within the economic, cultural, and social pressures confronting emerging cities.

Mexico’s Indigenous Languages and Cultures

Mexico: May 23–June 6, 2021

Application Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021

This seminar will provide concrete exposure to the geographic and cultural diversity of Mexico and its historical ties to the U.S. In Oaxaca, participants will gain first-hand experience of Mexico’s Indigenous communities and the connections they have fostered with local scholars, artists, and activists. The seminar will also explore the rich collections held in Mexico’s museums and heritage sites, provide opportunities for discussion with local professors and students, and visit nearby pueblo communities. Participants will experience the wide diversity of Mexico’s Indigenous history, society, and culture and its relevance for the future of the United States.

West Africa and the DiasporaContinuities and Transformations

Senegal: Late May–Early June 2021

Application Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021

This seminar will feature lectures, site visits, panel discussions, and film screenings on the history, culture, arts, economy, and political life of Senegal, with a focus on cultural, intellectual, political, and economic connections between West Africa and the various diasporas. The seminar will also place a special emphasis on Senegal’s spiritual diversity and religious tolerance, as well as the region’s growing transnational movements and their impact on society and especially young people.​

Funding for this program is provided to CAORC through a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with additional support for some seminars provided by various university-based National Resource Centers that support area studies education in the United States.