Fall 2011 GSN Sessions Focus on Transitions in the Middle East and North Africa


No International Relief and Development Agency, other than Catholic Relief Services (CRS), offers students the opportunity to interact with and access its staff for up-to-the-minute information and perspectives on pressing global issues.

The Global Solidarity Network Study e-Broad (GSN) is a Web-based participatory learning community made possible by Villanova University’s institutional partnership with CRS.

The GSN connects classes across the country with one another and CRS staff through a discussion board, YouTube, and a Town Hall. Articles, blogs, Web sites, videos, etc., selected by CRS and faculty form the basis of analysis and discussion. Villanova has been selected as the site for this semester’s Town Hall with Mark Schnellbaecher, CRS’ Middle East Regional Director, on Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. in Driscoll Hall Auditorium.

This Fall’s GSN offers 3 one-week sessions, all with a focus on the Arab Spring: 

  • Sept. 19-23, “The Power of Youth in Building a Peaceful Society”
  • Oct. 3-7,  “The Plight of Refugees”
  • Nov. 7-11, “How You Can Respond”

Sign up your courses here.

The topic of the special two-week session Oct. 17-28 is “The Arab Spring: New Realities: New Response.” For more information on the GSN and to register your classes, click here. For individual questions, contact margaret.kowalsky@villanova.edu.

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