Welcome to the Office of International and Comparative Education!
University of South Carolina’s
Office of International & Comparative Education (OICE)
and the Nickelodeon Theater present the
2012 Worlds of Learning FILM SERIES
Tickets are now available! Discount passes are available for the entire series. Educators receive special discounts. Come build community with us as we participate in the films with discussion panels to follow.
Aug. 27th 5:30 PM “American Teacher” (2011): http://www.theteachersalaryproject.org/index.php
Sept. 17th 5:30 PM “The First Grader” (2012): http://www.thefirstgrader-themovie.com/
October 15th 5:30 PM “Bully” (2011): http://thebullyproject.com/
November 5th 5:30 PM “The Finland Phenomenon” (2011): http://www.2mminutes.com/films/finland-phenomenon.asp
December 3rd 5:30 PM “Waiting for Superman” (2010): http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/action/page/production-about-production
LOCATION: NICKELODEON THEATER (at its new location on Main Street two doors down from Mast General) http://www.nickelodeon.org/
In 1990, more than 150 countries joined together in Jomtien, Thailand to launch the most ambitious education reform ever attempted: enrolling all the world's children in primary school by 2015. The remarkable film, the First Grader, is the compelling true story of an 80-year old man who sought the same opportunity to learn to read that the children were not receiving as the Education For All movement unfolded in Kenya. Please join us if you can!
View the trailer here: http://www.thefirstgrader-themovie.com/trailer/
Mark Meehan is a Spring 2012 graduate of the PhD in Higher Education Leadership program
(Department of Educational Leadership & Policies) with a cognate in International Business and
Finance. His dissertation, " Islam, modernity, and the liminal space between: A vertical case study of
the Institute of Traditional Islamic Art and Architecture in Amman, Jordan," explores the role of the
Institute in the Jordanian system of higher education and the process the Institute’s students walk
through as they learn traditional Islamic art technique and resolve potential conflicts between
traditional Islamic values and Western values. Cambridge Scholars Press is publishing Mark’s
dissertation and he has started work on a second book, Learning from Islam (Conundrum Press). Mark
will be relocating to Nashua, NH in June to assume his new role as Associate VP for Global
Engagement at Rivier University. He will coordinate a university–wide strategic initiative of global
engagement and teach in the undergraduate program in Global Studies and in the Educational
Leadership doctoral program.
The focus of Mark’s research is the role of higher education in value adaptation, with a specific focus on the use of traditional arts in the educational/adaptive process. Mark, originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, moved to Columbia from Nyack, New York. Having traveled extensively, he developed his research focus as he observed the wide variety of responses to Western culture. He was especially interested in the active engagement of values he witnessed in Arab cultures.
While Mark’s coursework was mostly in higher education leadership, he has said, "my heart was always with the Foundations faculty. Two of my dissertation committee members were Foundations faculty (Drs. Brown and Jay), and both had a profound influence on my research agenda. They helped me to see the connections between philosophy, theory, and global issues. It was Dr. Brown who introduced me to the idea of comparative education, and who coached me through the process of developing a research methodology that was viable across cultures." Mark also noted that "Increasingly at the College of Education, students from a variety of research focuses are realizing that their questions can be applied globally, and that the Foundations faculty have the academic background and personal experience to assist them in global research. I think one of the brightest points of growth at USC will be important global educational research facilitated by Foundations of Education faculty." Mark also expressed gratitude for the way different units at USC worked together during his academic program. He noted, "I was amazed and grateful that different programs worked together as I pursued my research. For example, I received grants from the Walker Institute, the Educational Leadership Program, and the Office of Comparative and International Education that allowed me to spend five weeks in Morocco to do initial research for a comparative study and to study Arabic."