This year’s John R. and Florence B. Kinghorn Global Fellows will unveil the findings of their yearlong study of the lasting effects of the Colleges’ program in global education on Monday, April 30.
Thomas D’Agostino, associate dean for global education, and Jack Harris P’02, P’06, professor and chair of sociology, will present “Alumni Voices: How Study Abroad Impacts the Lives of HWS Graduates” beginning at 5 p.m. in Stern Hall, Room 103.
Surveying HWS graduates who studied abroad, D’Agostino and Harris set out to explore the facets of two primary questions: “How does participating in study abroad impact the lives of our graduates? How do we understand this in the context of the larger research on the effects of study abroad?”
The results, they explain, “are consistent with the findings of larger studies in the field of international education — students credit study abroad as transformative, affecting their personal and professional lives, and fostering resiliency and interest in seeking out persons and cultures different from their own. Survey responses also illustrated the impressive range of experiences our alums have had that were connected in some way to study abroad.”
The lecture is free and open to the HWS and Geneva communities.
Established in 1970 and generously endowed by Dr. and Mrs. William Reckmeyer in honor of John Readie and Florence B. Kinghorn, the fellowship honors outstanding faculty at HWS who have exemplified global citizenship on a continued basis.
D’Agostino oversees the HWS Center for Global Education, which was named the No. 1 study abroad program in the country in Princeton Review’s 2018 edition of “The Best 382 Colleges.” In facilitating the internationalization of the HWS campus community, D’Agostino collaborates with faculty across the institution to develop new off-campus programs, to evaluate existing programs, and to ensure the academic integrity and quality of all HWS abroad programs. In addition, he participates in a variety of the Colleges’ pre-departure and reentry programming such as the Digital Storytelling Workshop and The Aleph: a journal of global perspectives.
D’Agostino holds a B.A. in political science and Spanish from St. John Fisher College and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. In addition to his work in international education, he is co-author (with Richard Hillman) of Distant Neighbors in the Caribbean: the Dominican Republic and Jamaica in Comparative Perspective, Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean, and Understanding Contemporary Latin America.
Harris, who joined the HWS faculty in 1974, teaches a range of internationally oriented courses in sociology, often focusing on Vietnam. Among his many academic experiences abroad, Harris has served as the core director of World Regional Geography for the Semester at Sea Program, twice directed the London, England Semester Abroad Program, twice directed the Vietnam Semester Abroad Program, directed the Rome, Italy Semester Abroad Program, and directed the Social Entrepreneurship program through ThinkImpact in Panama.
Harris’ research focuses on men and masculinity in Vietnam and the experience of Vietnamese as they go through massive economic and social change. As an applied sociologist, Harris consults with local governments across the United States on business process reengineering, change management, and municipal information technology. He holds a B.A. from Tulane University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.