The Forum and The New York Times Recognize Innovation in Education Abroad

Professors Jennifer Harrison and Timothy Palmer of Western Michigan University on location in IndiaThe Forum on Education Abroad is pleased to kick off its celebration of International Education Week 2018 by announcing the inaugural winners of the New York Times inEducation Award for Innovation in Education Abroad, an award that recognizes the year’s most original, creative example of how The New York Times news, content, and archives can be used to enhance education abroad learning before, during, or after the education abroad experience.

This year’s winning submission came from Professors Jennifer Harrison and Timothy Palmer of Western Michigan University, who plan to use The New York Times in two ways in their faculty-led education abroad course “Social Justice and Sustainability in India.” First, students will read New York Times content to complement academic publications as research for a course paper they will prepare. Then, students will use the recycled newsprint to create origami baskets to be carried to India to collect materials they will share with one of the recycling microenterprises they’ll visit during their sojourn.

Professors Harrison and Palmer are currently featured on The New York Times’ inEducation website. They will also receive a $500 cash prize which they plan to use to enhance the on-site experience of their students when they travel to India later this semester. Read more about their course on sustainability in India and view all of the interesting ideas submitted for the award in the Education Abroad Digital Resource Center, a Forum member resource.

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