When: March 20, 2018 at 9:30am – 11:45am
Where: Cartoon Room, Ohio Union

We want to emphasize that you are teaching in and experiencing intercultural classrooms regardless of whether you want to, whether you are aware of it, and whether you think it is your responsibility or relevant to your discipline. It isn’t a choice, because human diversity… is present in every classroom, regardless of whether it is visible and whether it is solicited.

–Teaching Interculturally, Amy Lee et al. (p. 15)

This semester, we have promoted Teaching Interculturally: A Framework for Integrating Disciplinary Knowledge and Intercultural Development as a common reading for the teaching community at Ohio State. We are pleased to welcome the book’s four authors to Ohio State for a panel conversation, followed by small group discussions.

Beyond buzzwords and platitudes, “intercultural pedagogy” is an approach to teaching that supports disciplinary learning and the inclusion of all students in the learning process. It is also, our panelists argue, necessary and overdue in higher education classrooms. But how does one commit to, practice, and refine that approach? Driven by audience questions, this panel discussion and followup small groups will address the ways that an intercultural pedagogy can be adopted as a mindset and a framework for teaching.


Although it’s not necessary to read the book before attending, you may pick up a copy here. Use code INTC20 to receive a 20% discount through Stylus.

Amy Lee is a Professor at the University of Minnesota. Her PhD is in English/Writing Studies.  Amy’s research focuses on inclusive, critical pedagogy and disrupting deficit-oriented teaching and institutional practices. Her scholarship includes 6 books and numerous chapters and articles.  Amy has taught a range of graduate and undergraduate courses, including writing, literature, multicultural education and literature, and doctoral seminars in composition theory, research methods, critical pedagogy, and teaching practicum.  She has served in program and department leadership positions at multiple public universities and is currently a faculty fellow in the University of Minnesota’s Global Programs and Strategy Alliance.  Amy is a University of Minnesota Distinguished Teaching Professor and recipient of a University of Massachusetts-Amherst Teaching Award.

Mary Katherine O’Brien is a Researcher for Outreach & Education in the College of the Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  Her current work focuses on the development of global on-line education initiatives related to capacity building for animal health, food safety, and food systems.  She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota and has worked in the areas of international and intercultural education since 2002.

Robert K. Poch teaches educational history and a graduate course on postsecondary multicultural teaching and learning in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. He has published 3 books and authored numerous articles and chapters on policy and pedagogy in higher education. His current research focuses on problem-based approaches to teaching undergraduate history within multicultural learning environments. He is co-editor of Innovative Learning and Teaching: Experiments Across the Disciplines (2017, University of Minnesota, Center for Educational Innovation). Robert is recipient of the Horace T. Morse – University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Virginia.

Catherine Solheim is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. She teaches an undergraduate course on diverse family systems and a graduate course on family theory, as well as a study abroad course in Thailand. Her scholarship centers on the influences of culture and immigration on families, particularly their economic well-being and mental health. She has two current research projects, one focused on resettlement and adjustment experiences of Karen refugee families, and the second on the impact of deportation on deported Cambodian Americans and the families they leave behind.

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