On November 14-15, 2011, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University hosted a symposium to mark its 50th anniversary and to coincide with International Education Week, on the theme of "International Studies in the American Research University: The Path Ahead."
The objective of the symposium was to celebrate the Einaudi Center's achievements, reflect on the changing role of international studies in the American research university, and consider how best to chart a course for the future. Distinguished guests from peer universities and institutions included:
- Craig Calhoun, President, Social Science Research Council (SSRC);
- Barbara Hill, Senior Associate for Internationalization, American Council on Education (ACE);
- Stephen Hanson, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Director of the Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary; and
- Donald Filer, Associate Secretary and Director of International Affairs at Yale University.
Together with Cornell's senior leadership—including President David Skorton and Provost Kent Fuchs—as well as faculty and students, participants elaborated on a range of issues: area studies and their relationship to thematic studies, interdisciplinary programs vis-à-vis disciplinary departments, language study, international education, and the so-called internationalization of the campus.
The symposium started on the afternoon of November 14 with an address by President Skorton on "Bringing Cornell to the world and the world to Cornell" followed by presentations on the current state and trends at American research universities. The second day addressed specific issues of international studies, with particular emphasis on Cornell.
Below you will find information about the symposium including the agenda and distinguished speakers.