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Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) is in the midst
of a curricular overhaul seeking a more integrative approach to global learning. A large majority of the 1,500
undergraduates at the Methodist institution are Nebraskans. Its global studies program is now more than two
decades old, and NWU won a Senator Paul Simon Award
for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA in 2008.

After the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001,
many institutions began "putting 'global-something' in
their mission statements. Their graduates were going to
be 'globally prepared' or 'global citizens' or 'thriving in
a global, interdependent world, but nobody had gone to
the trouble to figure out what global learning meant."

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that Davis thinks it scared off some students who feared
being overworked. Petite was among 18 who took the
class in spring 2012.
There were faculty from chemistry, economics,
biology, political science, fine arts, history, communications, English, and psychology. Leigh Ann Litwiller,
the English professor who coordinated the course,
said, "It is hard to capture how energizing this has
been for faculty."
There has been prior classes on healthcare and
global warming taught by three instructors, but never
10. They didn't all teach at once. The course syllabus
said the aim was to explore how "this local disaster was
also a part of a global petroleum economy" and to help
students see the "interrelated local and global impacts"
of petroleum extraction and exchange.
"Our students had only heard of the Gulf spill and
the Exxon Valdez," said Litwiller. "It was a big revelation
to learn that giant spills have happened and tankers
have crashed all over the world." A history professor
presented a case study on Norway's environmental
safeguards over drilling in the North Sea versus devastation in the Niger Delta, where the industry was
poorly regulated and where guerillas have battled the
Nigerian government over oil revenues. A political scientist showed how companies follow different rules in
different places, some stringent, some lax. And Davis
had students read the British novel, The Queen Bee,
about a teenage Nigerian refugee whose life is turned
upside down by the country's oil wars.
Looking at the problems attendant to oil drilling
from such different perspectives created "something
unique and powerful for students," said Litwiller.
The formula was a hit. "The student feedback was
fabulous," said Davis. Students went on field trips
to Dauphin Island Sea Lab and to Bayou La Batre, a
coastal fishing village hit hard by the oil spill. They did
a hands-on experiment in class that demonstrated the
difficulties of removing oil, and interviewed residents
who told them domestic violence and drug problems
rose after the hurricane destroyed the fishing fleet.
Spring Hill ramped up another interdisciplinary
course, "Globalizing Migration," for spring 2013 with a
dozen faculty hands on the tiller, and a third is in the works
on water issues. Davis and Litwiller made a presentation
at an AAC&U conference they called, "Interdisciplinarity
on a Dime." What happened at Spring Hill demonstrates
"a way for schools that don't have any money to do something that spreads out the work so that everybody can take
part. It's not a huge burden," said Davis.

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International Educator - November/december 2013
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Core Values
Reawakening Higher Education in Iraq
University of South Florida: What's in a Name? The World
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
Supplement
When a Student Dies Abroad
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - In Brief
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