Institute for Global Engagement

"Conversations across boundaries of identity-whether national, religious, or something else-begin with the sort of imaginative engagement you get when you read a novel or watch a movie or attend to a work of art that speaks from some place other than your own... Conversation doesn't have to lead to consensus about anything, especially not values; it's enough that it helps people get used to one another."

-Kwame Anthony Appiah, Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers

Champlain College's Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) seeks to foster:

  • A joyful sense of curiosity about other cultures, geographies, and histories, and an awareness of how these seemingly distant places and viewpoints are often, in fact, already in relationships of contact and influence with students' own homes and lives.
  • An understanding of the systems and ideas that fuel relationships, innovation, and inequalities in an increasingly networked world.
  • The communication skills, confidence, and humility to navigate conversations across boundaries of difference in ways that have the power to inform and inspire.
  • Active engagement, professionally and personally, with issues of global importance, whether through travel or involvement in local communities.

The IGE runs Champlain College's award-winning Global Modules program. The Global Modules are Internet-facilitated dialogues on a broad variety of topics, from contemporary global issues such as education, trade, and the environment to cultural explorations of kinship, festivals, and gender roles. They are a required part of the college's liberal education curriculum, the Core. Students here thus come to expect, from their first year onward, that "class discussion" will be amongst not only groups of their peers on campus but also peers speaking from very different places and backgrounds. Our current partners are in Morocco, Hungary, South Africa, Finland, the United Arab Emirates, and many other locations around the world. Our definition of the "global" also includes much of the rich geographic and cultural diversity of the United States. If you are interested in becoming a partner or finding out more about the Global Modules, please contact Dr. Adam Rosenblatt.

The IGE also runs the college's new Global Studies Minor, which can be pursued by students in any major, and sponsors other campus events, residencies, and collaborations.

About the Director

Adam Rosenblatt is Assistant Dean for Global Engagement and an Assistant Professor in Champlain College's Core Division, where he teaches interdisciplinary classes on human rights, global studies, and other topics. He holds a PhD from Stanford in Modern Thought and Literature, and has worked at human rights organizations in both the U.S. and Chile. Dr. Rosenblatt's research focuses on the philosophy and politics of human rights, and the use of forensic science in the investigation of atrocities.
[Banner Photography by: Betsy Beaulieu, David Kite, Amanda Levinson, Kerry Noonan, Craig Pepin, and Stephen Wehmeyer.]

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