Show simple item record

dc.contributorFlemming, Kyle
dc.creatorBorland, Katherine
dc.creatorCardenal, Fernando
dc.descriptionStreaming video requires Flash Player, RealPlayer, or Windows Media Player to view.en_US
dc.description.abstractShort-term delegations to Central America for the purpose of providing material aid, assisting with grassroots development, or offering direct service have proliferated in the last four decades. This conference critically examines travel-for-service and the micro-politics of encounters between privileged visitors (professionals, politically motivated groups, service-learning programs) and impoverished third-world communities they visit, as well as the larger implications of poverty relief efforts organized outside of and sometimes in opposition to existing national and international institutions. Such projects promise solutions to seemingly entrenched problems in poorer nations through virtuous vigorous action. Yet in actuality, the dynamics of cosmopolitan interaction are complex. This conference will provide an opportunity for students and faculty interested or already engaged in international service to reflect upon their motives, practices, and experiences and to consider not only their immediate accomplishments but the longer-term implications of the kind of citizen-diplomacy they aspire to enact. The keynote speaker, Nicaragua's Father Fernando Cardenal, has committed his life to direct service to the poor within the framework of a religious vocation and training, more specifically, liberation theology. In 1980, he directed Nicaragua's National Literacy Crusade, an internationally acclaimed voluntary effort to teach reading and writing to rural and underserved populations, organized through the revolutionary state as a nationalist project. The academic speakers come from a variety of positions within the university but share a concern for reflection and the identification of "best practices." They have all either volunteered with or facilitated volunteer missions/delegations.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOhio State University. Mershon Center for International Security Studiesen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOhio State University. Center for Latin American Studiesen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOhio State University. Center for Folklore Studiesen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOhio State University. Department of Comparative Studiesen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOhio State University. Department of Spanish and Portugueseen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOhio State University. Literacy Studiesen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOhio State University. Service-Learning Initiativeen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipInternational Poverty Solutions Collaborativeen_US
dc.description.tableofcontentsEvent Web page, streaming video, event photosen_US
dc.format.extentVideo Duration: 01:41:36en_US
dc.publisherOhio State University. Mershon Center for International Security Studiesen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesMershon Center for International Security Studies. Conferencesen_US
dc.subjectvoluntary serviceen_US
dc.titleGood Works in Central America: Interrogating North American Voluntary Serviceen_US

Files in this item


Items in Knowledge Bank are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record