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Dr. Michael Woolf

Michael Woolf is the Deputy President for Strategic Development of CAPA: The Global Education Network. He serves on a number of boards and was a member of the Board of Directors of The Forum on Education Abroad from 2006 to 2012. He was also the recipient of the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award (2020) from the Forum on Education Abroad. 'Thoughts on Education Abroad' is a monthly column of short essays sharing his thoughts and expertise on the subject.

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December: What This Month Means

Dec 14, 2021 9:52:00 AM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.

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In this month's post, Dr. Mike Woolf writes about what the month of December means to people from various belief systems around the world. He also shares the background of several religious festivals celebrated in the months leading up to December.

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Posted in: London, England, International Education

What is QUIP?

Nov 30, 2021 9:32:00 AM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.

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In this month's post, Dr. Mike Woolf writes about the quality of education abroad and how QUIP (Forum’s Quality Improvement Program) has guided education providers to reconnect with the core purposes of study abroad.

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Posted in: London, England, International Education

I Am What I Am

Oct 21, 2021 9:19:00 AM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.

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Students are emerging adults seeking to discover the kind of person they wish to become. Study abroad is one of many avenues where they explore their identity. In this month's column, Dr. Woolf  writes about the morphing of one's identity to personal and societal standards, as well as how it can be a gift of privilege or burden of prejudice.

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Posted in: London, England, International Education

Diving with a Purpose: History and the Slave Trade

Sep 21, 2021 10:07:00 AM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.

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This month, Dr. Woolf  looks into the history of slave trade around the world and discusses how intellectual responsibility and radical empathy allow us to be more aware. He also highlights how experience and having knowledge of history, technology, and science can help us understand reality better.

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Posted in: London, England, International Education

Meditations on Why the English Think They are Great by an English Man

Aug 24, 2021 11:32:26 AM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.

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This month, Dr. Woolf analyzes the views of English International Educators and their takes on pride and exceptionalism.

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Posted in: London, England, International Education

National Fictions: Editing the Past

Jul 20, 2021 3:00:00 PM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.

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This month, Dr. Woolf writes about the historical amnesia about colonization and how countries reinterpret their history to support national identity.

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Posted in: London, England, International Education

COVID, What Henry Said, Robert Lowell, My Dad, and Other Diversions

Jun 8, 2021 9:33:00 AM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.

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In this month's column, Dr. Woolf talks about the immobility that many educators have faced due to the impacts of COVID-19, communicating in the Zoom era, and observing how the profession was either deemed essential or inessential in the UK. He also shares his encounter with American poet Robert Lowell.

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Posted in: London, England, International Education

Mind and Heart: The Challenge of Colonialism

May 11, 2021 9:33:00 AM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.

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This month, Dr. Mike Woolf opens up a dialogue on the broader international and historical contexts of colonialism and how it connects to the problematic past with the turbulent times in which we live. He also brings up the effects of colonialism upon social, political, and economic structures.

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Posted in: International Education

Looking for the Hillbilly

Apr 15, 2021 9:07:00 AM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.

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In this month's column, Dr. Mike Woolf unpacks the myth of Appalachia and peels back the layers of the hillbilly stereotype. He looks into how these histories are written to create collective identities in which individuality is obscured.

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Posted in: International Education

Deconstructing International

Mar 23, 2021 10:33:00 AM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.

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In this month's column, Dr. Mike Woolf wades through the ambiguity of how students attain knowledge through empathy, imagination, and education abroad, as well as the counter ideologies of internationalization. Through this discourse, he sheds light on the treatment of language that describes students from abroad and their contribution on campus.

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Posted in: International Education

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