Forum: Ben Franklin Institute

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Date(s) - 04/21/2019
9:00 am - 10:00 am



Speakers: Sarah Powley, Anatoli Rapoport

Forty-five teenagers from East, West, and Central Europe and 10 from the United States will spend the month of July at Purdue University as participants in the Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute–an exchange program that introduces these future world leaders to the ideals and interests embodied in our founding father, Ben Franklin.  Through this summer program, the students learn about each other’s county and culture and experience America first-hand. The students  take classes, share their ideas and interests, complete a community service project, and experience a “homestay.” Families in the Greater Lafayette area have the opportunity to host these students for 10 days of their visit and introduce them to family life in the United States. The Forum presentation on April 21 will further describe the program, which is entering its 4th year, and the connections program graduates continue to make with each other.

Anatoli Rapoport is Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Purdue University College of Education. Before he received Ph. D. in Social Studies Education, he had worked as classroom teacher and school administrator. Since 2003, Anatoli has been active in international educational programs. He organized and coordinated programs for teachers (Partners in Education, Civic Mosaics, Teachers to Teachers, Teaching Excellence and Achievement) and students (Educational Maymester in Russia, Educational Maymester in Northern Europe)
Sarah Powley is an Instructional Coach with the Tippecanoe School Corporation. Formerly the English Department Chair at McCutcheon High School, Sarah was the founder and co-sponsor of the International Club, an extra-curricular organization that provides high school students with opportunities to learn about other countries and cultures and to carry out international service projects. For three years, Sarah led a student exchange program with a secondary school in Russia and has served frequently as the public school liaison for international educator exchanges at Purdue. She has traveled in Africa and Europe.

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