Speaker to reflect on culture and student engagement in Nicaragua

“Yo soy #Nicaragüense…How do university students in Central America perceive their indigenous culture?,” a presentation by Nicole Webster, will be held on October 23, from noon to 1:00 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The event is free and open to the public and can also be viewed live online.

Webster is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education. This past spring, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to investigate how young people engage in formal and informal contexts, and how these experiences influence their understanding and use of social capital.

presenter on Nicaragua seminar posing in group shot

In her presentation, Webster (third from right in above pic) will share personal anecdotes and reflections on the intersection of culture and student engagement in the Central American country of Nicaragua. She will discuss how and why indigenous knowledge is being lost among young people, and reflect on the perceived value of indigenous knowledge as youth in Nicaragua adopt technology and employ social media in increasing numbers.

The presentation is part of an ongoing series highlighting the importance of indigenous knowledge and is sponsored by ICIK, the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge, and the Penn State Social Sciences Library. For more information on ICIK, go to icik.psu.edu.

For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Remy Chappetta at rmc5308@psu.edu and 215-806-2790 or Helen Sheehy at hms2@psu.edu and 814-863-1347.