Cynthia Lawson won GLIDE’08′s BEST PAPER AWARD for ” The New School, CARE & Ajkem’a Loy’a: A case study in learning in intensive and immersive global programs and in cross-cultural and bilingual collaborative work.”
Abstract: This presentation addresses the challenges and opportunities, and suggests best practices in collaborations across year-levels, programs and divisions of a university; in external partnerships between a university and a large non-profit organization; in teaching and learning in intensive and immersive global programs; and in cross-cultural and bilingual collaborative work. During the month of June 2008, 14 students, 2 faculty, and 1 project coordinator from The New School (TNS) lived and worked in the small lake-side village of San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala, to collaborate with a group of Mayan artisan women, Ajkem’a Loy’a (AL.) The students and faculty represent a broad range of undergraduate and graduate academic programs at a university in the United States, and were investigating if and how the Guatemalan women could organize themselves and structure a business to create a sustainable form of generating income via the sale of their artisan goods in local and global markets.
About the Author: Cynthia Lawson is a digital artist, technologist and educator. Her research is in the areas of integrative and interdisciplinary education, educational technology, and media experimentation. She has taught in United States, Guatemala, Colombia, Dominican Republic, and Japan. Her artwork has been internationally exhibited and performed. Cynthia’s writings have been published and presented at a variety of conferences, online journals, and books, including New Media Poetics published by MIT Press. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá) and a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University. Cynthia is currently Assistant Professor of Integrated Design in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons The New School for Design, and an active member of Madarts, an arts collective in Brooklyn, NY.