Tea and Talk Series

The Tea and Talk Series is a forum for roundtable dialogues between visiting scholars and Montclair State University faculty on international issues. After a presentation by the speaker, the table is opened to lively and sometimes provocative discussion. A variety of sweets and teas are offered. The following Tea and Talk events are held in the Global Education Center Conference Room, located at 22 Normal Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. Space is limited; please call 973--655-4185 or email simonW@mail.montclair.edu to reserve your seat.

Past Tea and Talk Series Events

Tea and Talk
Sponsored by the Global Education Center and
The Research Academy for University Learning
Monday March 7, 2011 3:00pm
Global Education Center Conference Room

Harnessing Agency:
Toward Developing A Learning Model that Particularly
Engages with Marginalized Students
June Pym

University of Cape Town

Throughout the world, students entering Higher Education institutions are increasingly presenting diverse range of experiences, knowledge and understandings. How can universities respond to the challenge of not marginalizing ‘difference’?

Dr Pym will discuss a successful Academic Development programme in a Commerce Faculty at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The programme has managed to achieve good results in recent years by moving away from deficit models of academic development for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. She draws on five years of data to illustrate how students’ home discourses have influenced their negotiations of institutional discourses. Many of the students have shown considerable agency in gaining admission to university despite their social backgrounds, but experience a crisis of confidence and self-esteem in the new environment.  The new model of academic development has responded to this context by providing a more flexible, value-added approach to curriculum which attempts to harness students’ agency as well as foster a sense of belonging to a learning community. Dr. Pym will discuss some of the range of interventions that have been put in place specifically to develop a culture of learning and to promote social connectedness, identity and agency. 

Dr June Pym is Director of the Education Development Unit at the University of Cape Town. The program has approximately 800 equity students and is based in the Commerce Faculty. She directs the unit, as well as leading all teaching and learning initiatives in the faculty. Her research interests are focused on educational change, diversity, teaching pedagogy and issues impacting on teaching and learning. She is currently a visiting scholar at MSU working with Ken Bain in theResearch Academy for University Learning.

Space is limited. Contact 973-655-4185 or simonW@mail.montclair.edu to reserve.

Tea and Talk
Sponsored by the Global Education Center and the Art and Design Department

Contemporary Art Trends in New ZealandNew Zealand art keychain
Wednesday February 16, 2011     3:30pm – 5:00pm
Special Collections Room, Sprague Library

Henry Symonds
Dean of Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design,
New Zealand

Visiting Scholar Henry Symonds will discuss trends in contemporary art in New Zealand as they have emerged in a post colonial culture with a particular reference to those artists, both Pakeha and Maori whose practice straddles and addresses the country's distinct bi-cultural society.

Dean Symonds received his BFA degree from the Michaelis School Fine Art, University of Cape Town South Africa and subsequently completed graduate study in Art Education at the Rhode Island School of Design as well as an MFA from the Elam School of Art, Auckland University, New Zealand. He is currently Dean of Instruction and Undergraduate Studies at the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in Auckland.  While teaching drawing, painting and theoretical studies in the undergraduate program, he also supervises studio research in the MFA program. He is chiefly a painter and his work deals with the notion of 'translation' in the broadest sense of the term. His research interests center around Post colonial studies with a particular focus on Settler Cultures. He is also interested in migrant and diaspora issues as pertaining to cultural interfaces as well as the particular challenges of training artists in the current global environment.

Space is limited, please call 973-655-4185 or simonW@mail.montclair.edu to reserve.

Spring 2010 Tea and Talk Series Events

Tea and Talk Sponsored by
Brown Bag Forum on International Issues
Co-sponsored by the
Global Education Center and the School of Business

Globalization of Asian Universities
Wednesday, March 31 at 3:30pm
Partridge Hall Room 423

Jin-Kyu Lee
College of Business Administration,
Korea University

Visiting Scholar Jin-Kyu Lee, currently a professor in the Business School of Korea University, was formerly Dean of the Graduate School of Labor Studies and President of the Korean Academy of Management. He received his Ph. D. from The University of Iowa. He has been a visiting professor at Waseda University in Japan and the University of Hawaii and was an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University. He was also a College of Economics Research Fellow at Tokyo University in Japan. Dr. Lee has acted as an advisor to numerous companies including Hyundai Distribution, Hanhwa Chemical Companies, and has published numerous articles on human resource management, organizational behavior, business ethics and strategic management.

For further information, please contact simonW@mail.montclair.edu or kimso@mail.montclair.edu

Information Session
Fulbright Scholar Program Opportunities for Faculty
Wednesday, April 28 at 1:00pm
Special Collections Room, Sprague Library

Guest Speaker: Athena Mison FulayTaylor Fulbright's Class
Program Officer for Outreach, Fulbright Council for
International Exchange of Scholars Institute of International Education

Are you interested in becoming a Fulbright Scholar?
Lecturing & research opportunities in over 130 countries

  • Get advice on which country to apply to and how to make contacts abroad
  • Learn how to prepare the Fulbright application
  • Explore how your department can host visiting foreign Fulbright scholars

Interested faculty are encouraged to attend.
Please contact 973-655-4185 or simonW@mail.montclair.edu to reserve a seat.


Fall 2009 Tea and Talk Series Events

Tea and Talk Sponsored by the Global Education Center
Thursday November 5 at 3:00pm
Sprague Library Special Collections Room

Sustainability, Resilience, Sustainable Manilla a talk by Taylor Fulbright
and Revitalization:
The City of Manila, Philippines
Robert Taylor

Manila is a prime example of a city without proper management planning and the potential to become a major environmental hazard. This talk explores the results of a Fulbright Research grant on revitalization of Manila. Based on the principles of sustainability, resilience and community support, Professor Taylor examines community views on the problems facing the city, how they can be brought into the sustainability management process, and the most salient recommendations for air, water and land ecologies in Manila. 

Robert Taylor is a professor in the Dept. of Earth & Environmental Studies. The present talk is the product of his second Fulbright Award, to Manila, Philippines at De La Salle University.

Call 973-655-4185 or simonW@mail.montclair.edu to reserve a place.

Tea and Talk Sponsored by the Global Education Center Addis Lion of Judah sculpture
Wednesday October 28 at 3:00pm‌
Sprague Library Special Collections Room

Ethiopia Then and Now: 
Reflections on a Fulbright Fellowship
Phillip LeBel

In the current pre-occupation with global economic recovery, the continuing challenge of development for low-income countries is ‌sometimes overlooked.  With a nominal per capita GDP of $150 and life expectancy at just under 50 years, Ethiopia provides a compelling example of the difficulty in achieving economic development under a wide range of economic policies and circumstances.  Ethiopia’s rich and ancient history provides a backdrop to this drama, and points to a much more complex environment than the sometimes dire images of famine with which Ethiopia has so often been associated.

Based on a series of visits to Ethiopia, Dr. LeBel will provide a portrait of a country steeped in tradition, swept up by revolution, and determined to break out of a seemingly never-ending cycle of poverty. Phillip LeBel with an Ethiopian woman Comparisons are drawn from the 1960’s, the 1980’s, 1990, and most recently, through a Fulbright Senior Fellowship in the Faculty of Business and Economics of Addis Ababa University during the spring of 2009. 



Tea and Talk Sponsored by the Global Education Center
Wednesday October 28 at 3:00pm
Sprague Library Special Collections Room

Ethiopia Then and Now: 
Reflections on a Fulbright Fellowship
Phillip LeBel

Spring 2009 Tea and Talk Series Events

Date: Monday April 27th at 8:00 pm
Revisiting Russia: A Discussion with Director Slava Tsukerman about Perestroika

Date: Monday March 30 at 2:30pm
Contemporary Indian Art:Re-Interpreting Traditions from Post-Colonial Artto the Vibrancy of Today; Hanuman Kambli

Date: February 26th at 2:30pm
Mongolian Identity in Modern China: Living within the Seduction of Urban Life, by Dong Ying

Date: March 5th at 5:30pm
Poetry Reading by Anthony Kellman

Date: Wednesday February 18th at 2:30pm
Topic: Nuestra America: Re-Approaching the Americas from a European Perspective
Speaker: Ulla Kriebernegg


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