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Cultural Diversity, Migration, and Education Conference in Potsdam

August 23 - 25, 2018

Keynote Speakers

James Banks

University of Washington, USA

James Banks is an internationally renowned and award-winning scholar on multicultural education. He has published numerous books on the topic and was past president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Some of his edited books include the Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education, The Routledge International Companion to Multicultural Education, and Diversity and Citizenship Education.

Dina Birman

University of Miami, USA

Dina Birman‘s extensive research and publications focus on the adaptation of refugee adolescents in their families, schools, and communities. Prior to her academic career she was the program officer in the Refugee Mental Health Program at the National Institute of Mental Health. She is the Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Intercultural Relations.

Viola Georgi

University of Hildesheim, Germany

Viola B. Georgi is the founding director of the Center for Educational Integration at the University of Hildesheim. Her research focuses on human rights education, diversity studies and citizenship education, migration, intercultural school development, and teacher education. She is engaged in various research commissions and boards as well as government and civil society initiatives such as the German Council of Migration and the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration.

Karen Phalet

Leuven University, Belgium

Karen Phalet has published extensively regarding migrant background adolescents in the context of schools, focusing also on intergroup contact and conflict, acculturation and identity, and emotion and motivation. Some of her current projects include Bi-cultural selves: Development and school adjustment of Turkish-Belgian adolescents, Leuven children of immigrants longitudinal study, and the UK Bi-cultural identity valuation school intervention.

David Sherman

University of California Santa Barbara, USA

David Sherman is one of the leading experts on self-affirmation writing interventions with ethnic minority adolescents, an intervention that has shown to reduce the achievement gap between ethnic minority and majority groups in the US. He is Editor of Personality and Social Psychology Review and is President of the International Society for Self and Identity.

Natasha Warikoo

Harvard University, USA

Natasha Warikoo is an expert on the relations between education, racial and ethnic diversity and equity, and cultural processes in schools and universities in the US and UK. Her books include Balancing acts: Youth culture in the global city and The diversity bargain: And other dilemmas of race, admissions, and meritocracy at elite universities.

Hirokazu Yoshikawa

New York University, USA

Hirokazu Yoshikawa is the lead researcher for a $100 million MacArthur Grant recently awarded to Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee to develop evidence-based, early childhood development interventions for Syrian refugee children. His research focuses on the effects of public policies and programs related to immigration and poverty reduction on children’s development.