Global Education Forum

GEF October 2018

The Global Education Forum (GEF) has two aims. First, we focus on identifying the most pressing issues in education globally, as reported by renowned experts from academia, public policy, government and the non-profit sector across the globe. Second, we examine whether and how undergraduate and graduate student education and training should change in order to prepare students to address these issues.

The GEF defines education broadly-including formal, informal, and experiential settings in schools and outside the classroom. We focus on traditional educational topics such as access, equity, and achievement, and also on education as it relates to such global concerns as public health, extremism, and the environment.

Each semester, the GEF hosts a panel discussion of 4-5 renowned experts in the field of education, broadly defined. The panelists are asked to share their expertise and opinions each in response to two questions:

  1. What do you think is the most pressing issue or challenge in education globally?
  2. What do universities need to do to prepare graduates to better address this issue or challenge?

Over time, the GEF aims to become a place where conventions are challenged and innovations are born.

2019 Global Education Forum

Whose Freedom, Whose Speech?

The Spring 2019 GEF will have a two-part format in partnership with PENAmerica, Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR), and RANTT Media

You are invited to attend on Thursday, March 28, 2019

2:30-4 p.m.
PENAmerica sponsored panel/dialogue on hate speech/free speech
4-5 p.m. Reception, co-sponsored by PENAmerica, AU/School of Education, AU/PCD, and CARR
5-7 p.m. AU Global Education Forum event on the Radical Right in the Global Context, co-sponsored by CARR, AU, and RANTT Media

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2019 Global Education Forum

Spring 2019 Panelists
Global extremism and education

William Allchorn

William Allchorn is a specialist on anti-Islamic protest movements and radical right social movements in the UK and Western Europe. His PhD thesis mapped political, policing and local authority responses to the English Defence League in five UK locations. William is now working on his first research monograph under contract with Routledge – looking at policy responses to the EDL and Britain First over the past decade. His previous published work has looked at the dynamics of activism within anti-Islam movements and counter-extremism responses towards such groups. William has taught undergraduate courses and given lectures on the radical right in Western Europe; both at the social movement and party political level. Previous consultancy has included delivering counter narrative engagement sessions in the North East of England and putting together a ‘Countering Radical Right Narratives’ educational pack due for the Department of Education ‘Educate against Hate’ website. As of January 2017, William Allchorn is the Associate Director of CARR.

Matthew Feldman

Professor Matthew Feldman is a specialist on fascist ideology and the far-right in Europe and the USA. He has written widely on these subjects, for both academic and general audiences. He has long researched the interaction between politics and faith in the modern world, and has taught these subjects for some two decades to school, undergraduate and postgraduate students. An Emeritus Professor in the History of Modern Ideas at Teesside University, in 2013 Prof. Feldman led Britain’s first unit dedicated to analysis of radical right extremism, the Centre for Fascist, Anti-fascist and Post-fascist Studies (CFAPS), and prior to that, directed the Radicalism and New Media Group at the University of Northampton. He is a Visiting Professor at Richmond, the American University in London, having previously held fellowships at the universities of Bergen (Norway), Birmingham and Oxford (thrice). He is an editor of Wiley-Blackwell’s online journal, Compass: Modern Ideologies and Faith, and co-edits two academic book series Bloomsbury Publishers, Modernist Archives and Historicizing Modernism.

A key feature of his work is a distinguished record of public engagement and policy-based impact. This has included expert witness testimony in several high-profile terrorist trials relating to radical right extremism – including the first conviction under the UK’s 1996 Chemical Weapons Act. This work has also extended to submitting evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Anti-Semitism, and on Islamophobia, alongside consultation for various UK police constabularies. Professor Feldman has participated in discussions on radical right extremism in House of Lords and House of Commons debates; briefing sessions with Special Branch, DCLG and the Ministry of Justice; as well as in keynote lectures for prosecutors’ and police officers’ associations; the Home Affairs Select Committee and the Council of Europe’s Debates on Democratic Security. Policy engagement also focusses upon Islamoprejudice – notably three of the first empirical reports on anti-Muslim hate crimes for Faith Matters (2013-5) – alongside contributions on post-‘Brexit’ racism and ‘Islamophobia’. He has also appeared in more than 700 radio and television programmes to discuss fascism, the radical right, and far-right extremism.

Professor Feldman is the author or editor of more than 20 books, including three monographs, and more than 40 articles or academic book chapters. Published volumes underpinning his expertise include Clerical Fascism in Interwar Europe (Routledge 2008); A Fascist Century (Palgrave: 2008); and, with Roger Griffin, the five-volume collection Fascism: Critical Concepts (Routledge 2003). More recent volumes include Doublespeak: The Rhetoric of the Far-Right since 1945 (Columbia University Press. 2014); The ‘New Man’ in Radical Right Ideology and Practice, 1919-1945 (Bloomsbury 2017), as well as the journal specials ‘Far-right Populism and Lone Wolf Terrorism in Contemporary Europe’ (Democracy and Security, 2013) and ‘The Ideologies and Ideologues of the Radical Right’ (Patterns of Prejudice, 2016). His most recent monograph, Ezra Pound’s Fascist Propaganda, 1935-1945, appeared with Palgrave in 2013, and his second collection of essays, Politics, Intellectuals and Faith, is due to appear in 2019. Professor Feldman has also contributed several dozen reviews to Times Higher Education, in addition to a wide range of comment texts and opinion pieces for online and print outlets.

Terri E. Givens

Terri E. Givens is a Political Scientist and a consultant to educational technology companies and educational institutions. She was the Provost of Menlo College from July 2015 to June 2018. From the Fall of 2003 until the Spring of 2015 she was a Professor in the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin where she also served as Vice Provost for International Activities and Undergraduate Curriculum from 2006 to 2009, Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center’s European Union Center of Excellence, and Co-Director of the Longhorn Scholars Program. She directed the Center for European Studies and the France-UT Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies from 2004-2006. Her faculty appointments included the LBJ School of Public Affairs, European Studies, and she was affiliated with the Center for Women and Gender Studies, Center for African and African-American Studies and was a Fellow in the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Law and Security. She was a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington from 1999 to 2003. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.A. from Stanford University. Her academic interests include radical right parties, immigration politics, and the politics of race in Europe.  She has conducted extensive research in the European Union, particularly in France, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Britain. She is the author/editor of several books on immigration policy, European politics and security, including Voting Radical Right in Western Europe, Immigration Policy and Security and Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation in Western Europe. Her most recent book is Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe (Oxford University Press, May 2014).

A sought-after expert and speaker, she has lectured and served on panels at international and national conferences on topics as diverse as immigration politics, the radical right, minorities, the globalization of public policy and how to manage life in academia. A popular writer, blogger and social media enthusiast, Givens can be found online at, her column at Inside Higher Ed and on Twitter @TerriGivens. She is very active in the community, having been a member of several nonprofit boards and is a fitness enthusiast.

Archie Henderson

Archie Henderson is the head of research and bibliographer for CARR. He is a lawyer and independent scholar. His four-volume Conservatism, the Right Wing, and the Far Right: A Guide to Archives is forthcoming from ibidem Press.

Past Forums

From education centers such as schools and universities, to non-formal settings across the globe, religious issues, tensions, and identities may be fraught with conflict and obstacles. Exploration of these issues and the role of schools and non-formal settings in fostering, suppressing, or mediating students’ and adults’ religious and spiritual lives will guide the discussion of the Fall 2018 Global Education Forum. Bringing together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners who will speak to the intersection of religion and education in the U.S. and overseas settings, our expert panelists will draw from their varied experiences and work in the U.S. and abroad and create a dialogue about some of the contemporary issues facing religion and education around the world.

From post-conflict societies for which education plays an important role in transitional justice to debates about justice for victims of sexual assault on university campuses, justice underpins education across the globe. The Spring 2017 Global Education Forum brings together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners who will speak to the myriad of forms and meanings of justice in education. Drawing from their varied experiences and work in the United States and abroad, they will explore some of the most pressing educational issues today for which justice is paramount.

Millions of people experience voluntary and involuntary migration within and between countries each year for reasons that range from the search for economic opportunities to the flight from warfare and violence. The educational needs of migrants — and of the communities they move to — represent one of the most pressing global challenges for education. We need strategies to ensure educational continuity in refugee camps, to equip schools whose sizes are rapidly growing from internal migration and urbanization, to provide adequate resources for teachers' dual language classrooms, and to create public education initiatives that could help reduce conflicts between host societies and arriving migrants.

Whether on campus or in the K-12 classroom, racial inequality remains one of the most pressing educational issues in the US and around the world. How do racial and ethnic disparities persist in educational access and outcomes? What strategies have proven effective at closing achievement gaps? What variations exist globally?

The Fall 2015 Forum presented an interactive panel discussion featuring renowned experts on internationalization and higher education. Panelists who work and conduct research comparing global aspects of higher education systems in Germany, the United States, and Canada will discuss pressing educational challenges related to the global impact of internationalization on higher education. They will respond to two questions: What do you believe is the most pressing issue or challenge related to this topic on a local, national or global scale? and what do universities need to do to prepare graduates to address this challenge?

The Spring 2015 Forum presented an interactive panel discussion featuring renowned experts on education and its role in confronting violent extremist groups and movements. Panelists who work and conduct research on extremist movements and developments in Greece, Germany, the United States, Sierra Leone and Liberia will discuss pressing educational challenges related to ideological and religious extremism.
Gendered violence remains a persistent problem in educational settings throughout the world. View the Fall 2014 Global Education Forum video where an expert panel will discuss a range of settings where gendered violence persists and help strategize ways that we might all address these challenges.
The Inaugural Global Education Forum focused on traditional educational topics, such as access, equity, and achievement, and also on education as it relates to such global concerns as public health, extremism, and the environment.