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On the Move: Study Abroad, Global Mobilities, and Jean-Philippe Toussaint

 On the Move: Study Abroad, Global Mobilities, and Jean-Philippe Toussaint

 April 20 at 3 p.m. in Nessmith-Lane Auditorium 1915

Increased mobility is arguably one of the most salient aspects of our
globalized 21st-century society. The sustained interactions between
humans, modes of transport, and various technologies shape our
identity as citizens of a progressively internationalized and mobile
society. In this talk I address the question of global mobilities by
focusing on two distinct yet connected topics: the experience of study
abroad, and the latest book of Belgian writer, Jean-Philippe
Toussaint, Made in China (2017). While the book, relating the writer’s
trip to China, serves as an illustration of the joys and challenges of
encountering a foreign culture, my talk also draws on recent
statistics and research about study abroad so as to highlight the
benefits of a firsthand experience with cultures other than our own.
For instance, in addition to providing an ideal setting for
second-language acquisition, study abroad has been shown to: 1)
enhance intercultural communication skills and competence; 2) increase
global awareness; 3) foster personal autonomy and growth. These skills
are particularly important in this day and age because they allow
students to compete in a progressively demanding and changing global
market, and ultimately contribute to a better quality of life.

Friday, April 20 at 3:00pm

Nessmith-Lane Conference Center (Statesboro Campus), Auditorium, room 1915
847 Plant Dr., Statesboro, GA 30458

Event Type

Lectures and Guest Speakers, Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Campus

Statesboro Campus

Colleges

College of Arts and Humanities

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