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Rule of Law Delegates Visit UofL Law School

Dean Colin Crawford of UofL Brandeis School of Law blogs about his experience hosting an IVLP delegation. The original blog post can be found here.

Rule of Law: International Visitor Leadership Program comes to Louisville Law

Louisville Law plays host to an international delegation of lawyers and judges.

Members of the international delegation outside of the University of Louisville School of Law.

As a member of the Bingham Fellows Class of 2019, one of the many great opportunities presented to me is chance to meet local leaders who are engaged in our community in a myriad of ways.

One recent example of the connections the Bingham Fellows has fostered came last week, when a group of international lawyers and judges visited the University of Louisville School of Law. Their visit was organized by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and was coordinated locally by the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Indiana. I learned about this visit from Xiao Yin Zhao, executive director of the World Affairs Council and a fellow member of Bingham Fellows. My thanks to her for including the School of Law in this visit!

Professor John Cross explains the differences between civil law and criminal law.

It was an interesting and lively discussion, especially when our visitors learned that many state judge are elected rather than appointed.

Another interesting topic was our school’s ties to Justice Louis Brandeis. I was pleased to hear that several of our visitors were familiar with the justice and even referenced some of his opinions. It was a nice reminder that we are tied to a legal mind whose impact is known around the world.

The morning was a great example of the value of local connections and the role our law school can serve in educating students and the community alike.

Read the original blog post on the Dean’s Blog here.

A Day in the Life of Odir

“It impacted my point of view of the world. All the workshops […] I had opened my eyes about so many things that I don’t even know how to describe it.” – Odir

KY Standard: Russian journalists learn from Americans

Five Russian journalists who visited Bardstown Thursday contrasted the freedom of the American press with the constraints under which they must work in their country. – Kentucky Standard

International English Teachers Visit Kentucky

From March 21-25, the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosted 10 international teachers. The visitors, from Turkey, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam, were all English as a Second Language educators studying ESL teacher training programs. Our visitors traveled across the state, first meeting with professors from the Masters in Teaching ESL program at the University of Kentucky. Next, they traveled to Frankfort to tour the state capitol and meet with officials from the Department of Education to discuss Kentucky’s foreign language standards.

Finally, on Friday, the group saw these training programs put into action through a visit to ESL Newcomer Academy at Shawnee High School, a middle and high school that works with students beginning their first year of school in the United States. These students are typically at beginning levels of English proficiency, so instructors help students develop their English skills and provide emotional support during their transition to American life. The visitors sat in on English classes at Newcomer before meeting with officials from the Jefferson County Public Schools system to discuss the hiring of ESL teachers and curriculum development.

Our international visitors’ trip to Louisville concluded with a fun cultural day on Saturday. The group visited the Muhammad Ali Center and Kentucky Derby Museum before finishing the day with a dinner cruise on the Ohio River. From Louisville, the visitors went to Chicago, IL to participate in the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo. Our visitors enjoyed their visit to Kentucky and will take many valuable skills back to the training centers and universities in their home countries!

Regardless of our experience in the field, there is always so much we can learn from one another. ‘Professional learning’ is endless! | – Bahar, Turkey

 

My strong belief is that people like us, teachers and educators, make the differences and build understanding between countries and nations. We shape and influence young generation’s minds and future and it was great to meet professionals from Kentucky to learn from them! | – Svetlana, Uzbekistan

Visit the group’s Facebook Album!

Real power is locked within us and we are unaware of it. Visiting the Muhammad Ali Center helped me to unleash my vital energy! | – Michel, Gabon

 

This program was funded and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Office of English Language Programs and implemented locally by FHI 360 & World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Events

Ukraine | Investigative Journalism

November 15 – 23, 2019


OPEN WORLD DELEGATION

Country: Ukraine

Project: Investigative Journalism

No. of Visitors: 5

Host families needed!

Details coming soon…

Multi-regional | 21st ChangeMakers: Be Best: Strategies for Combating Cyber-Bullying

June 15 – 20, 2019


Countries: Multi-regional (TBA)

Project: 21st ChangeMakers: Be Best: Strategies for Combating Cyber-Bullying

No. of Visitors: 6-7

Welcome international guests into your home for dinner! Invite friends and family to join in the fun and create a memorable American experience! Learn more about hosting!

Details coming soon…

WHA | Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists: New and Traditional Media in the Digital Age

June 8 – 12, 2019


Countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Uruguay, Venezuela

Project: Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists: New and Traditional Media in the Digital Age

No. of Visitors: 18

18 Spanish-speaking journalists from the Caribbean and Central & South America will be in Kentucky to make professional connections while exploring the following project objectives as outlined by the U.S. Department of State:

  • Examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy;
  • Observe operational practices, standards, and institutions of the media in the U.S.;
  • Gain insights into the social, economic, and political structures of the U.S.; and
  • Explore the impact of digital and social media on the availability and veracity of news.

Welcome international guests into your home for dinner! Invite friends and family to join in the fun and create a memorable American experience! Learn more about hosting!

Note: This group will be broken into three groups of 6 participants across 3 different volunteers for the home hospitality dinner! An interpreter may accompany if necessary.