April 11 - 13, 2019

University of Iowa will host scholars, experts, and researchers from around the world as part of the 2019 Provost’s Global Forum, "Why School? International Perspectives on Education and Social Transformation.” The goal of the Provost's Global Forum is to inspire discussions of global affairs and build relationships between the university and the state of Iowa.

Organizers David Bills, professor of sociology of education, Gavin Fulmer, assistant professor of science education, Gregory Hamot, professor of social studies education, Lia Plakans, associate professor of teaching and learning, and Amanda Thein, professor of language, literacy and culture, will host a three-day academic conference comprised of lectures, presentations, and panel discussions to facilitate conversations on, and increase awareness of, the purpose of schooling in society.

What is the purpose of schooling in society? What are the relationships among educational reform, globalization, and social change across local, national, and international scales? Every society can be characterized by norms, values, and assumptions that serve as core concepts that influence individuals and institutions in ways both obvious and subtle. Schools and educational systems provide a rich and telling view of the core concepts that affect society because they are both products of society and a process for effecting changes in society.

All events are free and open to the public.
Forum detailsFull schedule.


The forum is made possible through the generous support of the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization, with additional sponsorship from the UI College of Education, and the UI Public Policy Center.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Sarolta Petersen in advance at 319-335-3862 or sarolta-petersen@uiowa.edu.