Mission Statement

GALACTIC harnesses new media to inspire global engagement rooted in local knowledge. In virtual and face-to-face classroom settings, GALACTIC foregrounds cultural practitioners: artists, healers, cooks, and storytellers as teachers and as instrumental to an understanding of cultural diversity, conflict, and even resolution. Offering professional development workshops, we design local-centric curricula at the intersection of arts, indigenous leadership, cultural heritage policy, decolonization, compassionate listening and conflict management. Bridging local cultures is out of this world! GALACTIC is a collaboration among Navajo Technical University School of Dine' and Law Studies, Indiana University Center for The Study of the Middle East and Center for the Study of Global Change, The Ohio State University's Living Jerusalem: Ethnography and Blog-Bridging in Disputed Territory and Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Interdisciplinary Seminar on Issues and Approaches in Global Studies (IU)

INTL-I701 Interdisciplinary Seminar on Issues and Approaches in Global Studies*
Fall Semester 2014  Section 30363
Seminar Room, 201 N. Indiana Ave.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The overall goal of this seminar is to help graduate students generate a global research framework that incorporates various disciplinary perspectives and complements and strengthens students¹ disciplinary and regionally specific academic interests.  The seminar is designed to stimulate students to think critically about a broad range of theoretical and methodological issues involved in global research, including empirical methods, ethics, qualitative and quantitative approaches, tracking the intersections of the global and local, and global research designs from different disciplinary perspectives. In addition to providing an analytical framework for global scholarship, the seminar also creates an interdisciplinary community of scholars and as such places a strong emphasis on attendance and participation, peer review, and presenting critical analyses in a scholarly manner.
Graduate students from a wide range of disciplines and professional schools, including MA students and those who are working on preliminary dissertation research designs, will benefit from this interdisciplinary seminar. Students will be required to present a critical evaluation of a dissertation of their choice, compile an annotated bibliography, develop a global framework for approaching their academic interests, and generate a preliminary research design to explore global phenomena.

If you are interested in learning more about this seminar, contact:

Hilary E. Kahn, Director
Ph.D Minor in Global Studies, Dept. of International Studies
Center for the Study of Global Change
201 N. Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408-4001
Phone: 855- 5545

For more information about the Global Studies Ph.D. Minor program:

*NOTE: This course fulfills a requirement for the Global Studies Ph.D. Minor
in the Department of International Studies

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Indiana University Teacher’s Forum goes GALACTIC @Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Indiana University and the Smithsonian Institution will host a teacher’s forum at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on July 2-3, 2014. Drawing on the Indiana University pilot project, “New Models for Teaching About Conflict in a Global Age,” participants will prepare the groundwork for GALACTIC: Global Arts Local Arts Curricula Toward International Citizenship. This new initiative is a project of Indiana University Center for the Study of Global Change and Center for the Study of the Middle East in concert with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH) through the CFCH’s Cultural Heritage Policy and Cultural Education programs.

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How to create and follow a blog

How to Create a Blog on Blogger.com

Video tutorial

Step-by-step instructions

1. Go to http://www.blogger.com/
2. Sign in using your gmail address
3. Click the "New Blog" button on the left side of the page.
4. In the window that pops up, enter a blog name, address, and choose a template
5. Click the 'Create Blog!' button at the bottom
6. You are finished creating your blog! You should see your new blog at the top of the center column in your Blogger Dashboard (example below)

Once you have finished, please email our technical consultant Shareef the URL (web address) of your blog (e.g. something.blogspot.com).

Add a Follow button to your blog

Unfortunately Blogger seems to have removed the simple widget to allow people to follow a blog, but the instructions I've posted below will take you through the process of replicating it. As always feel free to email Shareef with questions.

Follow a Blog:

1. Enter the url (web address) of desired blog. 
2. Find the Follow button on the blog page and click it (new window opens up)
3. Follow instructions on new page