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Dr. Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher

Education Pushing at the Borders: Shifting Realities in a Shrinking World

7:00 p.m. | Friday, April 12, 2019 (reception at 6:00 p.m.)
Hyatt Place Hotel, 255 E. Court Street, Iowa City

The Joel Barkan Memorial Lecture is part of the annual Provost’s Global Forum at the University of Iowa.


Dr. Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher is a senior lecturer in the Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, where she is also the co-director of the International Educational Development Program. A school psychologist by training, she earned her doctorate in international educational development with a specialization in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research has focused on the socialization, academic engagement, and civic commitments of migrant children and youth. Her practitioner work has been around teacher education, curriculum development, and school climate issues (particularly related to bias-based bullying and Islamophobia) in the United States and abroad through local and international nongovernmental organizations. Ghaffar-Kucher is a co-editor of the award-winning volume Refugees, Immigrants and Education in the Global South: Lives in Motion (2013; Routledge), the winner of the 2013 Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award of the Comparative and International Education Society. Her work has been published in the American Education Research Journal; Harvard Educational Review; International Journal of Intercultural Relations; Race, Ethnicity & Education, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education; and The Urban Review.

About Joel Barkan

Joel Barkan was a serious scholar of the politics of Africa who, after his retirement from the university in 2005, went on to have a second career in Washington, D.C., as a consultant with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the World Bank, and the Agency for International Development.  He also served for several years as senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).  Many of the university’s faculty, staff, and administrators knew him also as a creative program-builder who made lasting contributions to international studies at the university and to the regular discussion in Iowa City of changing political, economic, and social circumstances in the world.  UI faculty members who were his colleagues and who teach international studies proposed that Joel Barkan be recognized in a named annual campus lecture.  The first annual Joel Barkan Memorial Lecture was given in 2015. 

Past Lectures in Series

2018 - William S. Pretzer, senior curator for history for the Smithsonian Institution at the National Museum of African American History and Culture
“A Darker Presence”: Interpretive Goals and Collecting Strategies in the National Museum of African American History and Culture (video recording of lecture)

Featured in the Provost's Global Forum, Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, and Social Justice.


Gautam Yadama


2017 - Gautam Yadama, dean and professor at the Boston College School of Social Work

Featured in the Provost's Global Forum, Women’s Health & the Environment: Going Up in Smoke.


H.E. Valon Murtezaj


2016 - H.E. Dr. Valon Murtezaj, deputy minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Kosovo

Featured in the Provost's Global Forum, The Nation, the State, and the Global Redefinition of Self-Determination.


Dr. Shibley Telhami


2015 - Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution

Featured in the Provost's Global Forum, The Arab Spring in a Global Context.