Monday, October 6, 2014

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the 28th Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) from 7-10 October 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Researching Mexico: University of Chicago Field Explorations in Mexico, 1896-2014 - New exhibit at Special Collections unearths UChicago’s research in Mexico

Those of you who are interested in the history of international educational research, study and exchange and/or U.S. & Mexico academic engagement may find interest in a current exhibit “Researching Mexico: University of Chicago Field Explorations in Mexico, 1896-2014 “ at Special Collections at the University of Chicago.

The exhibition is on view in the Special Collections Research Center Gallery from June 30, 2014 - October 4, 2014.  Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.  Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. when classes are in session.   

You can read, see a few items from the collection and learn more at:




To be sure, viewing this exhibit is easiest done by those in the Chicagoland area or those who will find themselves in the city while the exhibit is open.  I have yet to visit the exhibit so I am unable to comment but I have penciled in a date to visit next week.

[note that Summer Quarter classes end Saturday, August 30th so based on my understanding the exhibit would be open this coming Saturday and Autumn Quarter classes begin at the UofC on Monday, September 29th which would make October 4th the last day of the exhibit and an open day you can view on a Saturday]

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The first time Germany played Argentina in the World Cup Final I was an exchange student in Rosenheim, West Germany (1986)

My family has turned into a big soccer family the last couple of years with my two older children playing competive soccer and my five year old on his way...so, we have been watching as many World Cup games as possible.  With the final game set with Germany to face Argentina we see the continuation of a great World Cup rivarly.

When West Germany lost to Argentina in the 1986 World Cup I was an exchange student in Rosenheim, West Germany.  My host family bought me a Rudy Völler World Cup jersey and yesterday I dug it out of my soccer bag.  I have never worn the shirt and should probably have it framed....anyway, I thought I would share the photos of the shirt here as well as a link to the highlights of the 1986 final game from Azteca Stadium!




Monday, July 7, 2014

Eduard Shevardnadze (ედუარდ შევარდნაძე), 25 January 1928 – 7 July 2014


Eduard Shevardnadze (ედუარდ შევარდნაძე)
25 January 1928 – 7 July 2014

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991 and President of Georgia from 1992 to 2003 understood the value of international educational and cultural exchanges.

It's facinating to read about how "General Agreement on Contacts, Exchanges, and Cooperation in Scientific, Technical, Educational, Cultural, and Other Fields" between the United States and the Soviet Union [one of smaller outcomes of the Geneva Summit in November 1985] came about:

"Pact on Exchanges: 200-Hour Wrangle" via The New York Times, November 27, 1985

"General Agreement on Contacts, Exchanges, and Cooperation in Scientific, Technical, Educational, Cultural, and Other Fields" between the United States and the Soviet Union


Friday, May 30, 2014

How accurate is Louis CK in talking about a school trip to Guatemala?

The part about the school trip to Guatemala begins at the 2:38 mark but the entire clip is worth watching!



 Disclosure for those of you with sensitive ears: there are some #$%@! words...