McAllister-Grande reviews two recent contributions to the literature on campus and curriculum internationalization. Leask (2014) offers a participatory process for curricular internationalization based within the traditional academic disciplines. Williams and Lee (2015) present a collection of critical reflections and case studies on cross-cutting, problematic topics such as global citizenship. McAllister-Grande poses the question of whether these approaches reinforce existing paradigms rather than opening them up to innovative perspectives from outside the traditional academy.
At the close of her presidency, Spelman College President Beverly Tatum reflects on one of her many notable accomplishments, The Campaign for Spelman College. Raising more than $150 million, Tatum leads Spelman through an aggressive campaign that dramatically increases the institution's alumnae participation rate and makes several important academic initiatives possible. Some individuals in the Spelman community, however, feel that these impressive outcomes are achieved at a high institutional cost: the campaign takes a full decade to execute and involves multiple, time-consuming changes of administrative personnel. What are Spelman’s priorities during the campaign? In what ways is the campaign process a success, and what lessons are learned?
In this essay, Bryan McAllister-Grande considers the career of Josef Mestenhauser, a pioneer in comprehensive internationalization. Mestenhauser's latest book is an ambitious new synthesis of his thinking, research, and reflections. McAllister-Grande analyzes why this book has failed to generate deliberative discussion, taken in light of the history of the internationalization movement.