Program April 11 to focus on working in Asia, Europe

The rewards and risks of working in Asia and Europe are the focus of a program April 11 at Shippensburg University.

The program, free and open to the public, is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Orndorff Theatre in the Ceddia Union Building. It is co-sponsored by the departments of English, history/philosophy and teacher education, the Career Development Center and the International Studies Program.

The program will be presented by Dr. James Barnhart of Carlisle. Barnhart has 15 years of experience in China, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and France. His talk will give particular attention to teaching English in Asia, but also will address work in corporate, government and non-profit settings. Rewards include ease of locating jobs and securing promotions, accelerated personal and professional growth, and opportunities for travel and language learning. Risks include culture shock, illnesses, challenges of intercultural dating, and difficulties reintegrating into the U.S.

Barnhart received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, and his master’s degree and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago. He has taught at a variety of universities and colleges in the United States as well as various other countries.