Phi Beta Delta



Online Web Conference
Thursday - Friday: May 14th and May 15, 2020
Theme: International Education in Our Changing World

Registration (Fees in US Dollars) Individual Chapter Deadline
Early Bird $60 $350 April 3, 2020
Regular $75 $375 May 13, 2020

Please see below for details regarding the 34nd Annual PBD Conference. We look forward to gathering online to connect with our members via the 2020 web conference.

Conference Date/Time:

The Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars is pleased to announce that the 2020 PBD Conference will be offered via Zoom on Thursday- Friday: May 14th and May 15, 2020 during the following time blocks:

  • Pacific: 8:00 AM– 2:00 PM
  • Mountain: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Central: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Eastern: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Conference Online Access/Viewing:

PBD members are invited to register for the conference and attend the complete conference or specific segments of interest, as convenient. Please contact your PBD Chapter Coordinator for details about a campus viewing, or refer to the email shared by PBD headquarters for individual login instructions.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Eylem Atakav

Topic: International Educators as Agents of Positive Change

Abstract: International educators are agents of positive change, taking part in collaborative work that binds people, states, and nations closer together. All those in academia—from faculty to administrators, from staff to students—are rapidly becoming aware of how their innovative engagements with shared social and global responsibilities can facilitate change. In this talk I will argue that teaching is inspirational when it has a positive impact on policy and social and cultural life, within and outside a university, and at national and international levels. Focusing on an empirical case study, about my own documentary film, Growing Up Married, that follows four women from Turkey, as they recollect their memories and experiences as child brides, I aim to critically reflect upon my and my students’ teaching and research journey in crossing borders: between one nation to another, between academia and activism, and between film theory and filmmaking practice while highlighting the value of public engagement within the discipline of Humanities in specific, and within the context of international education in general.

Short bio: Eylem Atakav is Professor of Film, Gender and Public Engagement at the University of East Anglia where she teaches courses on women, Islam and media; and Middle Eastern media. She is the Chair-Elect for the Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Knowledge Community of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. She is the recipient of 2016 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Outstanding Contribution to Pedagogy Award, and is a HEA National Teaching Fellow (2016). She is the author of Women and Turkish Cinema: Gender Politics, Cultural Identity and Representation (2012) and editor of Directory of World Cinema: Turkey (Intellect, 2013). She recently completed an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project entitled British [Muslim] Values. She is the director of Growing Up Married (2016) – an internationally acclaimed and award-winning documentary about forced marriage and child brides in Turkey.