What We’re Reading in International Education (February)

Our understanding of the world informs all things small and large. This month we’re reading about how international education and understanding can do anything, from inspiring creative thinking to learning how to be a cowboy.

P.S. If you already saw these in our monthly newsletter, we’ve included some extra pieces related to international education and exchanges below.

What We're Reading international education

Russians Learn the Ways of the Cowboy From American Ranch Hands
(New York Times)

Russian landowners are using U.S. trainers to teach workers how to herd cattle.

Why We’ve Been Hugely Underestimating the Overfishing of the Oceans
(Washington Post)

The state of the world’s fish stocks may be in worse shape than we thought.

How Visas Shape the Geopolitical Architecture of the Planet
(MIT Technology Review)

The first global map of the visa-free travel network reveals an underlying landscape.

The Secret of Immigrant Genius
(Wall Street Journal)

Having your world turned upside down sparks creative thinking.

BONUS

Whaling is not an Icelandic Tradition 
(Iceland Magazine)
IVLP alumnus Sigursteinn Másson from Iceland writes about whaling and how international tourism encourages this otherwise non-traditional practice.

“Colorblindness” Is Not the Answer
(Diversity Network)
Cultural Vistas’ own Katja Kurz and others discuss the implications of colorblindness within study abroad and international education.

Relationship Building: The Heart of International Exchanges
(Route J1)

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Private Sector Exchange Robin Lerner shares a story of how the IAESTE program inspired a lifelong cross-cultural friendship.

Why Studying Abroad Could Help You Get Hired
(World Economic Forum)
A recent study investigating the impact of mobility has shown that students who study abroad have a better shot at finding a job.

7 Cultural Concepts We Don’t Have in the U.S.
(Mother Nature Network)
Some untranslatable concepts that may inspire you to think differently in your day-to-day life.

 

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Lauren Aitken

Lauren is pursuing her Master's Degree in Education Policy and Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, focusing on language education policy. Previously, she worked in international exchange programs at the U.S. Department of State, Cultural Vistas, and Meridian International Center.
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Lauren Aitken

Lauren is pursuing her Master's Degree in Education Policy and Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, focusing on language education policy. Previously, she worked in international exchange programs at the U.S. Department of State, Cultural Vistas, and Meridian International Center.

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