Marcelo Suárez-Orozco a Featured Speaker at IB Global Conference

Wasserman Dean will share his perspectives on the future of education in the United States.

Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco will deliver a keynote at the International Baccalaureate Conference on July 22 in Orlando. The conference will look at education through a global lens. Suarez-Orozco, who taught the first course on globalization and education at Harvard 20 years ago, points out that today one in five children in America is from an immigrant-headed home.

“In this lecture I examine how the study of globalization and education has changed,” says Suárez-Orozco, who co-directs the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at UCLA. “Global flows and exchanges of populations and cultures are challenging old boundaries and making the aspired coherence of the nation-state increasingly elusive. As such the forces of globalization have created anxiety and pushback — in the United States, throughout Western Europe, and elsewhere. Globalization represents the most significant challenge to school systems since the origins of mass public education.

“While these dynamics are neither new nor exceptional, the rate and the depth of global change is nevertheless novel,” Suárez-Orozco notes. “In the 21st Century, we are all witnessing deep concern over the global economic, demographic, and cultural exchanges shaping our era. Three formations give form to a current malaise [that] I call ‘the three ‘M’s’ of globalization: Markets (their integration and disintegration and the growth of inequality); Migration, the mass movement of people on a planetary scale; and Media, the information, communication and social media technologies that de-territorialize labor, put a premium on knowledge intensive work, cede entire categories of labor to Artificial Intelligence, and stimulate new longings and belongings.”

Suarez-Orozco is the former Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University. He has also served as Special Advisor to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Suarez-Orozco’s books include “Latinos: Remaking America,” a comprehensive study of the fastest-growing ethnic group in America; “Learning in the Global Era” which explores constructive approaches to educating youth in a rapidly changing world; and “Learning in a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society,” which was recognized with the 2008 Stone Award for Best Book on Education.


Photo by Todd Cheney, UCLA