Plenary Keynote Speakers

Adam Weinberg, President of Denison University and former CEO of World Learning


Biographical Description: Adam Weinberg became the 20th president of Denison University in 2013. He has focused on positioning Denison in ways that address the major issues facing higher education in the 21st century, including career readiness, affordability, diversity, internationalization, and civic education. Prior to coming to Denison, Dr. Weinberg served as president and CEO of World Learning, where he led education programs in more than 70 countries, including overseeing The Experiment in International Living, The School for International Training, and a large portfolio of USAID grants and programs. At Denison, he has helped the college imagine a more global liberal arts. He also has focused on global convenings of liberal arts college presidents, including hosting the Global Liberal Arts Alliance, and partnering with Sir Anthony Seldon to organize an annual convening of globally oriented liberal arts college presidents. Dr. Weinberg started his career at Colgate University, where he was a member of the sociology and anthropology department and also served as vice president and dean of the college. He graduated from Bowdoin College, and he studied at Cambridge University before earning his master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology at Northwestern University. He has published widely, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also served on a variety of globally oriented boards, including The Talloires Network, InterAction, and the Alliance for International Education and Cultural Exchange.

Creating a Globally Engaged Campus: What does it mean to be a globally engaged campus? In this talk, Dr. Weinberg will lay out a series of principles to imagine a globally oriented liberal arts that educates and inspires a generation of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and local community members with the capacity to work on complex problems that span diverse cultural perspectives. Doing so requires thinking more deeply and broadly about who we need to engage on our campuses and how we want to engage them. It also requires more serious and sustained efforts to connect disparate initiatives that already are taking place on our campuses. Dr. Weinberg will lay out a series of principles and early action steps to move campuses in this direction.

Patti McGill Peterson, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement​American Council on Education


Patti McGill Peterson is senior fellow at the American Council on Education (ACE).  From 2011 -2016, she oversaw all of ACE’s international initiatives and headed the Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement.

Prior to joining ACE, she was senior associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) whose mission is to increase student access and success in postsecondary education. From 1997-2007, she served as executive director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) and vice president of the Institute of International Education (IIE). CIES, a division of IIE, administers the worldwide Fulbright Scholar Program on behalf of the US government.

Patti is president emerita of Wells College and St. Lawrence University, where she held presidencies from 1980-97. As a tribute to her leadership at Wells, the Patti McGill Peterson Chair in social sciences was established.  At St. Lawrence, the Center for International and Intercultural Studies was named in her honor.  She has served on the faculty of the State University of New York, Syracuse University and Wells College and was senior fellow at Cornell University’s Institute for Public Affairs.

She has held prominent international and national leadership positions.  Patti served as chair of the US-Canada Commission for Educational Exchange, the National Women’s College Coalition, the Public Leadership Education Network, and ACE’s Commission on Leadership Development and Academic Administration and is a past president of the Association of Colleges and Universities of the state of New York.

Patti holds a bachelor of arts degree from The Pennsylvania State University and master of arts and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She did postgraduate study at Harvard University.

Globally Engaged Institutions: Lists of Initiatives or Institutional DNA?    The global engagement of higher education has a long and multifaceted history. Ultimately, each college or university decides whether and to what extent a commitment to being a globally oriented institution will be part of its mission.  If an explicit commitment is articulated, the next steps are determining its architecture and building blocks.  This process is often referred to as comprehensive internationalization and conveys a wide range of activity as institutions attempt to define themselves in global terms.  In her presentation, Dr. Peterson will provide a broad overview of the internationalization of higher education in the United States and offer an assessment of current efforts to make global learning the centerpiece.  She will conclude with observations about the relationship of this work to an America First agenda.


Hiram E. Chodosh, President of Claremont McKenna College.


Hiram E. Chodosh became the fifth president of Claremont McKenna College on July I, 2013. Under his leadership, CMC has raised more than $135 million for the Student Imperative, a scholarship, financial aid, and student cohort program. Additionally, the College opened three new centers – the CARE Center, designed to foster the understanding and mitigation of social divisions; the Soll Center for Student Opportunities, which both integrates and elevates advisory support for summer internships and post-graduate success; and Roberts Pavilion, an award­winning facility for athletics, recreation, and community events.

Chodosh received his B.A. in history from Wesleyan University in 1985 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1990. In 1993, he joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland. He also served in multiple leadership roles at Case including the Hostetler Professor of Law, director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, and associate dean for academic affairs.

In 2006, Chodosh became dean of the SJ. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah where he also served as the Hugh B. Brown Endowed Presidential Professor of Law and the Senior Presidential Advisor on Global Strategy.

Beyond his academic leadership, Chodosh has made a global impact through his justice reform efforts. Chodosh lectured and taught mediation in India as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2003. From 2007-2009, he founded and directed Global Justice Project: Iraq under a $10.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of State. He has served in advisory positions on justice reform for the World Bank Justice Reform Group, the International Monetary Fund Legal Department, and many court systems, non-profit organizations, and national commissions.

He has published numerous articles, books, and essays on mediation, legal reform, and comparative law. His recent books include Uniform Civil Code of India: A Blueprint for Scholarly Discourse (with Shimon Shetreet, 2016), Law in Iraq: A Document Companion (with co-editor Chibli Mallat, 2013), both published by Oxford University Press, and Global Justice Reform: A Comparative Methodology (2005, NYU Press).

President Chodosh is married to Priya Junnar, director of CMC’s distinguished Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

Confirmed Speakers

During our two days of the conference we have a series of six plenary panel presentations on our six conference themes. These speakers have all confirmed that they will be presenting at our meeting.

  • Jeremy Adelman, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and Director of the Global History Lab, Princeton University

Jeremy Adelman is the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and Director of the Global History Lab at Princeton University.  Educated at the University of Toronto, the London School of Economics, and Oxford University, he is the author or editor of ten books in Latin American and global history.  His forthcoming book is entitled Earth Hunger: Global Integration and the Need for Strangers (Princeton University Press).

  • Scott Carpenter, Director of Global Programs, Carleton College

Scott Carpenter (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison) is the Marjorie Crabb Garbisch Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, as well as the director of Carleton’s Center for Global and Regional Studies. He teaches courses on the representation of otherness, modern poetry, nineteenth-century prose, hybrid cultures in Paris, and creative writing. His publications include Acts of Fiction (1996, on political representations in nineteenth-century literature) and Reading Lessons (2000, an introduction to literary theory), Aesthetics of Fraudulence in Nineteenth-Century France: Frauds, Hoaxes and Counterfeits (2009), as well as a novel Theory of Remainders (2013) and a collection of short stories (This Jealous Earth, 2013). An active participant in the theory and practice of global education, he is currently co-authoring a volume about the integration of study abroad into the liberal arts curriculum.

  • Mary Coffey, Associate Dean, Pomona College
  • Rosetta Marantz Cohen, Professor of Education and Child Study, Smith College

Rosetta Marantz Cohen is Professor of Education and Child Study, and, come fall, the Betty Mugar Eveillard Faculty Director of the Lewis Global Studies Center at Smith College. She received her BA from Yale, her MFA from Columbia and her EdD from Teachers College, Columbia. She is the author of five books, including most recently The Work and Lives of Teachers: A Global Perspective (Cambridge, 2018), and two award-winning chapbooks of poetry.

  • Trisha  Craig, Dean of International and Professional Experience, Yale-NUS College (Singapore)

Trisha Craig is Dean for International and Professional Experience at Yale NUS College as well as Senior Lecturer in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She is the product of a liberal arts education, with a BA from Swarthmore College and PhD from Yale. Her work focuses on party politics, elections and institutions in western democracies as well as on higher education globally. She is a frequent commentator in both print and broadcast media.

  • Richard Detweiler, President, Great Lakes College Association (GLCA) and the Global Liberal Arts Alliance, Developing Global Education Networks.
  • David Drew, Professor of Education; Joseph B. Platt, Chair in the Management of Technology, Claremont Graduate University

David E. Drew holds the Joseph B. Platt Chair in the Management of Technology at the Claremont Graduate University. His principal appointment is in the School of Educational Studies, where his teaching focuses on quantitative research methods, statistical analysis, and model building. For ten years Mr. Drew served as dean of the School of Educational Studies.  Prior to joining the CGU faculty, he held senior research positions at the Rand Corporation, the National Research Council, and the American Council on Education. Earlier he held a research faculty position at Harvard University, from which he received his PhD, and served as head applications programmer at the Harvard Computing Center.

  • Anne Dwyer, Associate Professor and Director, Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations, Pomona College

Anne Dwyer’s research interests include Russian and German modernism; literary treatments of the multiethnic Romanov and Habsburg empires; biography and autobiography; and the history of critical theory. She is currently writing a book on the Soviet afterlife of Viktor Shklovsky and Russian formalism.

  • Jane Edwards, Dean, Professional and International Experience, Yale University

Jane Edwards has served at Yale since 2006, most recently as Senior Associate Dean and Dean of International and Professional Experience. Prior to coming to Yale she was Director of International Studies at Harvard, and before that served in a similar position at Wesleyan University, where she also taught for the department of Romance Languages. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Studies in International Education and has served nationally on the Boards of NAFSA, CIEE, The Fund for Education Abroad, World Learning, and on the Schools Board of Overseers at Middlebury College. She holds a B.A and M.A from Cambridge University, and her Ph.D is in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Eric Feldman, Program Manager, Office of Global Learning Initiative, Florida International University
  • Juan Manuel Fernández-Cárdenas, Professor of Education and Director, Masters in Educational Technology, School of Humanities and Education, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Prof Fernández-Cárdenas has published more than 75 research articles, refereed chapters, and books. His research interests include the study of the conformation of communities of practice, the evaluation of educational quality in settings mediated by the use of digital technology, in particular in STEM education, moral development programs, and academic writing activities. Prof. Fernández Cárdenas holds a BSc in Psychology (Honours), from the Faculty of Psychology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), as well as a PhD in Language and Education from the Open University, United Kingdom. He has worked as Research Assistant at the Laboratory of Cognition and Communication of the Faculty of Psychology, UNAM; as Educational Designer at Anáhuac University; as Research Fellow of the  Centre for Language and Communications, and the Educational Dialogue Research Unit from the Open University; as Tutor for the Educational Policy and Educational Management Certificate program in FLACSO Mexico; ex- President of the Northeastern Mexico’s Network of Educational Research and Innovation(REDIIEN), as well as Research Coordinator of the Northern Regional Committee for Cooperation with UNESCO. Until July 2010, he worked as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Psychology of the State University of Nuevo León (UANL). Within these lines of research, he has taught courses at the Undergraduate, Master’s and PhD levels at Tecnológico de Monterrey, UANL, and The Open University, UK. He has supervised the development of more than 50 thesis for undergraduate and graduate students, and currently supervises the research projects of three PhD students, and two Master’s thesis at the School of Humanities and Education of Tecnológico de Monterrey and UNAM.

  • Kara Godwin, Research Fellow, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College & Global Education Consultant

Kara A. Godwin is a higher education consultant for governments, universities, and NGOs. She is also a Research Fellow with the Boston College Center for International Higher Education and founder of the Global Liberal Education Collaboratory, an emerging association of liberal arts initiatives outside the US. Her work focuses on curriculum, learning/teaching, strategic planning, policy, and internationalization. Her forthcoming book, Changing Tides: The Global Rise of Liberal Education, analyzes the growing global interest in the liberal arts education philosophy.

  • Antonio González, Director, Center for Global Studies, Wesleyan University

Antonio González has taught at Wesleyan University since 1979.  He has published widely on modern Spanish literature, theater and performance, and has been instrumental in spearheading various global initiatives.  These include developing study abroad opportunities in Spain, Italy, and Mexico, directing Wesleyan Program in Madrid on numerous occasions, and setting up, in 1992, Wesleyan’s Office of International Studies. Most recently Gonzalez helped found and is currently directing Wesleyan’s Fries Center of Global Studies.

  • David Helfand, Professor of Astronomy, and Chair of the Committee on Innovative Teaching and Learning, Columbia University

David J. Helfand, a faculty member at Columbia University for forty-one years, has served nearly half of that time as Chair of the Department of Astronomy. He is the author of nearly 200 scientific publications and has mentored 22 PhD students, but most of his pedagogical efforts have been aimed at teaching science to non-science majors. He instituted the first change in Columbia’s Core Curriculum in 50 years by introducing science to all first-year students. In 2005, he joined an effort to create Canada’s first independent, non-profit, secular university, Quest University Canada where served as President & Vice-Chancellor from 2008-2015.  He also recently completed a four-year term as President of the American Astronomical Society. His first book, “A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age” appeared last year.

  • Nadia Horning, Director of Social Entrepreneurship Programs, Middlebury College

Nadia Rabesahala Horning is the faculty director of Social Entrepreneurship programs and the director of African Studies at Middlebury College. She is an associate professor of political science who specializes in African Politics. Her scholarship touches on two topics, the politics of deforestation in Africa and Africa’s brain flight and brain gain. Since 2015, Dr. Horning has been involved in curricular development and institutional collaboration at the African Leadership University (ALU). She holds a BA in International Studies and an MA in International Transactions from George Mason University as well as an MA and PhD in Government from Cornell University

  • Arne Koch, Dean of Global Engagement, Colby College
  • Tamar Mayer,  Director, Rohatyn Center, Middlebury College
  • Elaine Meyer-Lee, Associate Vice President for Global Learning and Leadership, Agnes Scott College
  • Terry Nardin, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Common Curriculum, Yale-NUS College (Singapore)

Terry Nardin is Director of the Common Curriculum at Yale-NUS College, where he teaches political philosophy and the history of international thought. He was previously a professor of political science at the National University of Singapore. Before moving to Singapore, he was a distinguished professor at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from New York University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern. He has been a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellow and has held visiting positions at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch (NZ) the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

  • Kate Patch, Senior Director of Global Initiatives, Grinnell College
  • Bryan Penprase, Dean of Faculty, Soka University of America

Dr. Bryan Penprase is Dean of Faculty for the undergraduate program at Soka University of America. He previously was a Professor of Science and founding Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Yale-NUS College, and for 20 years was the Frank P. Brackett Professor of Astronomy at Pomona College. Dr. Penprase manages the undergraduate program with its innovative curriculum in international liberal arts at Soka University and is working with the faculty and staff to develop a new life science concentration at Soka University. Bryan received both a B.S. in Physics and an M.S. in Applied Physics from Stanford University and a PhD from the University of Chicago in Astronomy and Astrophysics.  He has organized or co-organized conferences in liberal arts and STEM education at Yale University, Yale-NUS College, and in India, and is leading the organizing committee for this Globalizing the Liberal Arts conference.

  • Noah Pickus, Dean, Undergraduate Curriculum Affairs and Faculty Development Duke Kunshan University (China), Associate Provost, Duke University

Noah Pickus is Associate Provost and Senior Advisor to the Provost at Duke University and Dean of Undergraduate Curricular Affairs and Faculty Development at Duke Kunshan University. Prior to serving in these roles, he was the Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and the founding Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University. At Duke, he focuses on strategic planning, learning innovation, and policy engagement and co-authored Duke’s new Strategic Plan. At DKU, he led the design of an innovative, interdisciplinary, and problem-based undergraduate curriculum and is responsible for hiring a new faculty, implementing the curriculum, and developing innovative pedagogical approaches. He has taught at Middlebury College and in China and Israel. He was an American Council on Education Fellow at Franklin & Marshall College and is currently the cohort co-director for the Arizona State University-Georgetown University Academy for Innovation in Higher Education Leadership (AIHEL). An Associate Research Professor of Public Policy, Pickus co-directed the Brookings-Duke Immigration Policy Roundtable and is the author of True Faith and Allegiance: Immigration and American Civic Nationalism (Princeton) and Immigration and Citizenship in the 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield), as well as essays on ethics and public affairs education and policy reports on liberal arts education in China, U.S. immigration policy, and innovation in higher education. He has held fellowships from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, the A.W. Mellon Foundation, and the H.B. Earhart Foundation. He received a bachelor’s degree in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and a doctorate in politics from Princeton University.

  • Eva Posfay, Professor of French, Former Associate Dean, Carleton College
  • Katie Purvis-Roberts, Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science; Claremont McKenna, Pitzer and Scripps Colleges

Katie Purvis-Roberts is a Professor of Chemistry & Environmental Science at Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges in Claremont, CA where she has taught for the past 17 years.  Her research focuses on characterizing the water soluble component of Secondary Organic Aerosol formation from alkyl amines and alcohol amine precursors.  Her research is supported by the National Science Foundation. She was awarded a prestigious Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. During the 2016-2017 academic year she was a Jefferson Science Fellow at the United States Department of State in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Office of Economic Policy.  She has supervised over 50 undergraduate students in her air pollution research lab. She is the co-author of two environmental chemistry textbooks, Chemistry in Context for non-majors and Chemistry of the Environment for majors. Katie received a B.A. in chemistry from Westmont College, a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Princeton University and performed postdoctoral research at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

  • Vanita Shastri, Dean of Global Education & Strategic Programs, Ashoka University (India)

Vanita Shastri is Dean of Global Education & Strategic Programs at Ashoka University, India, where she was the Founding Dean of Undergraduate Programs. She leads all International partnerships and works on various aspects of internationalization including management of all study aboard and student exchanges. She also leads all summer programs including the summer semester and the Young Scholars Programme at Ashoka and has the responsibility for creating new enrichment programs at the university. She has a Ph.D. from Cornell University and has taught at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts and Wellesley College.

  • Kathy Takayama, Senior Science Education Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Kathy Takayama is a Senior Science Education Fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). She received her B.S. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Rutgers Medical School. Following her postdoctoral research as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she joined the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where she was tenured as a faculty member in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences. She returned to the US in 2007, to join Brown University, where she held a joint appointment as the Executive Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, and Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry. Subsequent to Brown, she has also held directorships of teaching and learning centers at Columbia University (where she was Professor of Biology) and Northeastern University.

As a member of the Science Education Department at HHMI, Kathy currently works at the national level on undergraduate and graduate programs to support HHMI’s ongoing mission for inclusive science education.


  • Talya Zemach-Bersin, Postdoctoral Fellow, and teaching a course, Pembroke Center,  Brown University

Talya Zemach-Bersin received her PhD in American Studies from Yale University in 2015. Over the past decade, Zemach-Bersin has published articles and book chapters on the politics of study abroad. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Brown University and an instructor in Yale’s Education Studies Program. Her first book, Education and the Making of American Globalism: 1898-1950, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press and explores the historical relationship between international education and U.S. foreign relations. Her dissertation, on which this book is based, was awarded the History of Education Society’s Claude A. Eggertsen Prize.