Cornell International Education Network (CIEN)

The Cornell International Education Network (CIEN) was established by the Einaudi Center in 1991 to promote resource-sharing and professional development among staff and faculty in the fields of international studies and education, as well as those who work with international students and scholars and/or US students studying abroad.

Membership is open to all Cornell faculty and staff and represents a broad cross-section of the university, including the Einaudi Center and its associated area and thematic studies programs, the International Students and Scholars Office, Cornell Abroad, Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, Cornell Career Services, Cornell University Health Services, Campus Life, and many other programs.

To subscribe to the CIEN listserv send an email message to: For the Subject of your message, type the single word “join” and leave the body of the message blank.


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CIEN meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month during the academic year, unless otherwise posted. Meetings begin at 8:30 am with networking and a light breakfast. Presentations run from 9:00 to 10:00 am.

Spring 2017 Schedule

April 20, 2017

What are we talking about when we talk about culture/intercultural?

Global learning, global awareness, perspective switching, empathy, culture, intercultural, multiple worldviews—we use these words and concepts all the time, but what do we mean? Do we, as a CIEN group, have a shared language and shared broad goals? Come and join Rick Evans, Robert N. Noyce Director of Communications and lecturer in the School of Engineering, and Postdoctoral Research Associate in Anthropology, Hayden Kantor, in a discussion to help us explore how different ways of looking at concepts, of “culture” and “intercultural” for example, from the sociolinguistics, communications, and anthropology disciplinary perspectives, might offer us some concrete ways to think about some of the key concepts that affect our work. 


As a jumping off point, we will together take a look at the AAC&U’s Global Learning and Intercultural Knowledge and Competence VALUE Rubrics, and will ask our guests to react to and talk about these instruments from their perspectives and to share some of their key concepts and definitions. We invite you to ponder the rubric in advance of our meeting, ponder the “capstone” goals in relation to your work and your unit’s goals, and come prepared with your own questions, pushbacks, concerns, insights, or praise.




Plus--New this year!  CIEN Happy Hour gatherings. The 2016-2017 co-chairs are Melina Draper and Thamora Fishel.