Global Education and Hope

Father Steve speaks about discovering one's true humanity by engaging the world

Story by: Mike Thee
Published: 2013-04-23

President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., delivered the keynote speech at the 2013 Global Educators Conference, which was held at Lakeside School last week.

"My theory…is that it is the experiential dimension of global education that empowers, releases and expands (our students') hope," Father Sundborg said in his remarks. CLICK HERE to read the full speech.

Father Sundborg went on to share his own experience of visiting Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the western hemisphere.

"I should have come back in despair, or depressed, or guilty," he said. "I didn't. I came back with this curious intuition that I had discovered for the first time a truer and deeper part of my own humanity, revealed to me by how the people of Nicaragua lived their humanity in poverty; and, as it were, held that dimension of my true humanity in safe-keeping for me. I believe you call that hope.

"My belief about global education is that none of us in our own culture holds the full hope of our own humanity, rather that people of other cultures hold and can make known to us the other half of the hope which belongs to our own humanity."

Sundborg went on to speak about six international students studying at SU--Tesi of Uganda, Paola of Venezuela, Mohammed of Saudi Arabia, Angelina of Russia, Sherry of China and Tanya of St. Lawrence Island. He asked each student two questions: (1) What of your people would you most want Americans to know and appreciate; and (2) What from your experience have you come to know an most appreciate about Americans.

Click here to READ THE SPEECH and see the answers the six students gave.


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