Members of IAPCHE at the Internationalization Conference at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in May 2013.
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IAPCHE and CCCU Announce 2017 Internationalizing Christian Higher Education Conference Theme

IAPCHE and CCCU Announce 2017 Internationalizing Christian Higher Education Conference Theme


10/19/16
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GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA--IAPCHE and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) will co-host the 3rd Biennial Conference on Internationalizing Christian Higher Education: Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn. The conference, which will be held June 4-6, 2017, at the Prince Conference Center (pictured below) at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will be the 3rd of its kind, following successful events in 2013 and 2015. 

In the past two months, a planning committee comprised of seven members representing IAPCHE, the CCCU, the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity, and Calvin College, has been hard at work determining a theme for this conference.

The theme was finalized in August, and the call for proposals will be released in November 2016 via email, on the website, and in postal mail to liaisons at member institutions.

Read below the announcement of the conference theme title and description and keep up to date on event details on the event page.


Third Biennial Conference on Internationalizing Christian Higher Education
Learning to Listen: Listening to Learn

The International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE), in partnership with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), is pleased to announce an opportunity for scholars, faculty, staff leaders, campus administrators and others in North American Christian higher education to gather and consider how to improve the internationalizing of Christian higher education. At this conference, scheduled for June 4-6, 2017, the focus will be on listening and learning in order to enhance our leading. How do we engage in careful listening and learning across national and cultural boundaries? How do we shape graduates  into culturally adept Christian witnesses who are prepared to serve God’s peace and justice in the larger world?

The educational goal is to create spaces and places where student voices shape institutional responses; where those of either limited or greater means learn from each other; where social justice is a language of strategy and action; where North Americans hear and learn with and from the larger world of Christian witness through higher education.  The conference conveners expect that this gathering will provide an important context for learning to listen and listening to learn among all who participate.

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Participants at the 2nd Biennial North American Regional Conference on Internationalizing Christian Higher Education in June 2015 listen to a presentation.


Planning Committee Members (listed alphabetically):
  • Claudia Beversluis, Professor of Psychology, Calvin College
  • Joel Carpenter, Director, Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity
  • Harry Fernhout, Interim Executive Director, IAPCHE
  • Rick Ostrander, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professional Programs, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU)
  • James Vanden Bosch, Professor of English, Calvin College
  • Laura Van Engen, Program Manager, IAPCHE

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