Subject: Speaker Series - Alexandria Hill - June 4, 2019, 5:30 PM, Natsagdorj library

“The Present will be informed by what I’ve Seen”:
The Impact of Event Before and After the 1990 Mongolian Revolution on the Transmission of Intergenerational Education
Where: American Corner, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
When: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Presenter: Alexandria Hill
This paper is a narrative exploration that began as an inductive approach to research Cremin’s notion of family as educator in the Mongolian family context. Through a series of conversation openers created by the Elbenwood Center for the Study of the Family as Educator, 14 Mongolians living in New York City, NY, USA and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia share their narratives of what education they learned from their families and outside of the formal classroom. 

The scope of this paper is narrowed to that of grandparents’ educational viewpoints. From a micro-societal level, we learn that participants learned how to read and write, cook, husbandry, Mongolian history, how to play chess, and more from their grandparents. These skills provide utility for child development and in life itself. 

This study exemplifies how narrative meaning-making is a medium for understanding the collective identity of memory, culture, and narratives (Wang, Song, Koh, 2017). The narratives also illustrate how the reproduction of memories and spaces influence the collective memory of a society (Zerubavel, 2003).
About the presenter: Alexandria Hill
She is an international educator and scholar that guides learners of all ages and backgrounds toward self-prescribed socio-economic mobility through education. She has worked in various formal and non-formal educational settings that foster family and community engagement to support learning and development. Her research is based on the narrative exploration of intergenerational learning within the Mongolian family context and its consequential Soviet influences.

Alexandria first came to Mongolia as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Khovd province focusing on student learning, teacher development, and community development projects. After moving to Ulaanbaatar as the inaugural Lead Instructor of the American University of Mongolia’s English Language Institute, she helped see the program and teaching staff triple to size.

Alexandria earned her master’s degree in International Educational Development concentrating in Family and Community Education from Columbia University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Advertising from Temple University. She speaks Spanish, Swahili, and studied Mongolian.
About ACMS:
The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting scholarship in Mongolian Studies. 
The ACMS Speaker Series are organized in partnership with the U.S. Embassy and the Natsagdorj Library and provides an important platform for researchers engaged in Mongolia to share their experiences and findings with the public.  The event promotes information exchange on a variety of subjects related to Mongolia and is free and open to the public.  
Thank you to the American Corner and the Natsagdorj Library for sponsoring this event!

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