The Burlington Bilingual Initiative

I recently took part in a broadcast panel discussion on bilingual education at the CCTV Center for Media & Democracy (Channel 17) in Burlington, Vermont, to both present my book, The Bilingual Revolution, and support efforts to create a bilingual educational experience in the school system of Burlington. Host Steve Norman, Francophile and activist, took part in this discussion alongside Congo-born Cleophace Mukeba, Vermont Ibutwa Initiative founder, and Burlington City Council President Jane Knodell. Continue reading

Unequal Partners Reviewed in the Philanthropy & Education Journal

Kyle A. Long wrote a great review of my book, Unequal Partners: American Foundations and Higher Education Development in Africa in the recently-launched journal, Philanthropy & Education, put together by Professor Noah Drezner of Columbia University, Indiana University Press and Teachers College. Here is an extract of the review. You can subscribe to the journal by visiting  this webpage.

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A New Forum to Discuss Empirical Research on Philanthropy and Education

I was recently in Switzerland to present my research on philanthropy and education as well as my book Unequal Partners at the Inaugural Symposium “Philanthropy on Education: Global Trends, Regional Differences and Diverse Perspectives.” The Symposium, which took place at The Graduate Institute in Geneva on November 22-24, was the perfect place to discuss issues related to philanthropy in education.

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Unequal Partners reviewed by Robert Nolan for Carnegie Reporter

Robert Nolan, executive director of communications and content strategy at Carnegie Corporation of New York, reviewed my book Unequal Partners: American Foundations and Higher Education Development in Africa for Carnegie Reporter. Continue reading

Documentary On the Way to School

We often forget that school is a gift. The story of these four children will make you appreciate this fact. It will also touch your heart. Here is why you should watch ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL. Below, I have also listed several activities for the classroom and for home, as well as theaters where you can catch the movie.

ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL features 4 children who live in different corners of the world, but who share the same thirst for learning. They understand that only education will allow them a better future and that is why every day, they must set out on the long and perilous journey that will lead them to knowledge. Continue reading

Institutionalization of French Heritage language Education in U.S. School Systems: the French Heritage language Program in The Routledge Handbook of Heritage Language Education

I co-wrote a chapter in the newly issued Routledge Handbook of Heritage Language Education with Jane Ross and Benoît Le Dévédec: Institutionalization of French Heritage language Education in U.S. School Systems, the French Heritage language Program. Continue reading

Presentation of Unequal Partners at the 2017 Annual Global Affairs Conference of Rutgers University

I was invited to speak at the 2017 Global Affairs Conference organized by the Rutgers Division of Global Affairs (DGA) and The Student Association of Global Affairs (SAGA) in Newark, NJ on April 21. The theme was “Dynamics of Global Inequality: New Thinking in Global Affairs.” I presented my work and my book Unequal Partners in the panel “Tracing the Roots of Oppression,”  alongside Professor Taja Nia Henderson (Rutgers Law School), Dr. Miloš Hrnjaz (University of Belgrade), and Tyler Huether (Embry-Riddle).
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Francophones of the United States, by Fabrice Jaumont, PhD and Jane F. Ross

March 20th marks the official International Francophonie Day, a celebration observed every year within the International Organization of La Francophonie’s 84 member states to celebrate the French language and Francophone cultures. In the United States, the American Community Survey counts a little over 1.3 million Francophones (U.S. Census Bureau, 2013). Speakers of a language other than English undergo constant assimilation pressures, amid an ocean of English and dominant monolingualism. Francophones in this country do not escape this rule and are challenged to maintain the practice of French at home, at school, and in their communities through various modes of transmission and education. Long-established Francophone populations in the United States have shown a strong desire to maintain and even revitalize “their French” after a long decline of language use, often linked to more or less violent forms of discrimination. Continue reading

France Honors Carnegie Corporation President Vartan Gregorian

Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor at a ceremony at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York City on February 9. The French ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, presented the insignia to Gregorian in recognition of his three-decade effort to strengthen Franco-American relations, advance links between French and American institutions of higher education, and promote the study of French culture and language. Continue reading

Unequal Partners: Teaching Resources

I created powerpoints based on my book Unequal Partners: American Foundations and Higher Education Development in Africa (Palgrave, 2016) to use in classrooms (copyright Fabrice Jaumont).

The book Unequal Partners:

  • Offers a flesh and bone approach to international development for a wide audience, including international organizations, governmental agencies and NGOs involved in international assistance
  • Provides insights into building the educational capital of developing countries
  • Analyzes the role of American philanthropy abroad and its impact on higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa

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