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Visiting international scholar Marcia Grant to discuss education in a global context at York College on Nov. 13

October 26, 2017
Marcia Grant

Visiting international scholar Marcia Grant will discuss education in a global context at 7 p.m., Nov. 13, in York College’s Weinstock Lecture Hall, Willman Business Center. The talk, part of a week-long Woodrow Wilson/Council of Independent Colleges-sponsored visiting scholars program, is open to the public free of charge.

A veteran higher education administrator, Grant is noted for her ability to create organizational change to serve faculty, staff, students, and institutional mission. She has served in institutions in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. She served as provost of Ashesi University College in Ghana and of The American University in Paris.

Before going to Ghana, Grant spent more than six years in Pakistan as director at Aga Khan University in Karachi and vice rector at Forman Christian College. In 1999, under the direction of Princess Lolowah-al-Faisal, she was asked to design and start a college for women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Today Effat College has 36 teachers and 200 students.

A liberal arts education and early experiences in Latin America have had a profound impact on Grant’s values and career direction. She began her academic career teaching African and international politics at Oberlin College, and later, as a single parent, entered the Foreign Service of U.S. Information Agency. She served as director of the Fulbright Program in Mexico and as a cultural attaché in Paris. For four years she led the Edward S. Mason program for Third World government officials at Harvard’s Kennedy School and then worked with the Institute of International Education in New York.

Grant earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Swarthmore College, a Master of Arts and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in African Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2007, she received an honorary doctorate of law from Swarthmore University in recognition of her work in higher education.

For more than 35 years, the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program has brought prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the United States for substantive dialogue with students and faculty members. Through a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions, the Fellows create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds.

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