Barry McNamara  |   Published February 10, 2021

Global Scots Series

New Zoom event begins Feb. 17 with advice from author Stacie Berdan on having a global mindset.

MONMOUTH, Ill. – Promoting a global mindset will be the focus of a talk kicking off a new series at Monmouth College.

STACIE BERDAN: Will deliver talk titled Why Do You Need a Global Mindset to Get a Job... STACIE BERDAN: Will deliver talk titled "Why Do You Need a Global Mindset to Get a Job" via Zoom on Feb. 17.Best-selling author Stacie Berdan will open a Monmouth series of Zoom talks related to studying and working abroad when she speaks on Feb. 17 about “Why Do You Need a Global Mindset to Get a Job?”

Titled “Global Scots,” the series was organized by Director of Global Engagement Christine Johnston and Francisco Ángeles, a professor in the College’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Each of the four events in the series will be held via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

“The Global Scots Series shows that we at Monmouth College are preparing for the future.” Francisco Ángeles

“The Global Scots Series shows that we at Monmouth College are preparing for the future,” said Ángeles, a native of Peru. “We know studying abroad enriches us as human beings, helps to open our minds and fosters cultural awareness. As an immigrant, a humanities professor and a travel lover, I know first-hand how important all that is. But in 2021 that’s not enough. Now we need to connect this experience with future jobs. What skills do you acquire while traveling? Why will they make a difference when you enter the job market? We´re happy to have Stacie Berdan, a leading authority on going abroad, talk to our students about all of that.”

“I’m very excited to kick off this series and get students excited about studying abroad,” said Johnston. “Our first speaker is a great start, as Stacie can speak directly to the importance of a global mindset. I hope everyone tunes in for her talk and comes back throughout the semester for more.”

Other presenters in the series will include Monmouth Director of Global Engagement Johnston holding a Q&A about study-abroad opportunities (March 3); Guggenheim Fellow Alberto Fuguet speaking about the capital city of Chile, Santiago (March 24); and four Monmouth students discussing their study-abroad experiences (April 7).

Those students – 2020 graduate Alex Martin, Clarissa Kampe ’23 of Peculiar, Missouri, Morgan Bemis ’21 of Alton, Illinois, and Madelyn Bird ’21 of Knoxville, Illinois – visited, respectively, France, Mexico and Belize for both Bemis and Bird.

“Alberto Fuguet is one of the major authors and filmmakers of the Spanish language over the last 30 years,” said Ángeles. “Time selected him as one of the 50 Latin American leaders of the 21st century. His entire career is about going abroad.”

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