Gems from the International Symposium

Global_Ed_PanelDuring the 35th Anniversary International Symposium two weeks ago, we asked audience members to fill out a small, gem shaped piece of green paper detailing a memorable moment in order to share their experience with us. These gems have been painstakingly cataloged for the A.C.E. archives, and we may now present a selection of them here. Have a gem of your own? Add it to the comment thread below.

“The keynote speaker was great. Global Ed panel was inspiring. Economic Challenges panel was very informative and lively. Each panelist was smart and had interesting things to say. SPU looks good in the sun.”

“Mr. Raymond Joseph of the Republic of Haiti was fantastic. Like he illustrated, his life exemplified what A.C.E. is striving to teach; accepting diversity and learning culture with many different lenses. It all begins with education.”

“What is the number one used language in the world? Broken English!”

“Exchange is more than students in schools. Most importantly it happens outside the classroom in community service opportunities (see Tsrylina-Spady’s org- home-stays and hospitals).”

“Meeting (listening to) sincere, committed and compassionate speakers. The speech by Dr. Dick Hoistad was especially meaningful for one. Also I like the fact that Tobin made it personal by including his first months, first year of life in the picture.”

“The caliber of the speakers was really great! Hearing them all debate various global issues was inspiring. Can I invite Dr. Ferguson to dinner?”

“It was especially interesting for me to see an arc emerge as the day progressed. The morning panels were very gung-ho and optimistic. The two panels after lunch painted a more threatening image of the world via globalization and the pitfalls of foreign policy. In the end, though, Mr. Hisham of Idriss Mosque and Mr. Woodward of A.C.E. brought things back into perspective through their compassion and by communicating the importance of tolerance, moderation, and education as a means of beneficial exchange of ideas cross-culturally.”

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