21st Century Global Atlanta

2018 ~ Present


This project brings together students of diverse backgrounds and disciplines to tell the story of Atlanta as a global city, and to increase access to global citizenship at Georgia Tech and nationally. We want to document and connect with the individuals and communities that are transforming Atlanta into a global metropolis, such as heritage and immigrant communities, foreign-born residents in a variety of professional fields, and thought leaders engaged in the global community. We will document their everyday contributions and journeys through documentary film, multimedia, digital archives, writing, and research presentations. We also welcome students who want to do creative work such as graphic novels and photography. Students will also apply their findings to expanding global education at Georgia Tech by engaging in program development in the School of Modern Languages and the Atlanta Global Studies Center, which will provide them with training in human-centered management, community engagement and public outreach, culture creation, and instructional design. Team members will participate in all aspects of background research, multimedia/creative production, and public outreach efforts of the program.

Issues Involved or Addressed

Students will learn… Essential 21st Century Skills: human-centered qualitative research, media and communication, outreach and community engagement, project management. Humanities Technical Skills: archive curation and development; media production; applied understanding of equity and access, race, gender, sexuality, politics, and socioeconomic factors; presentation in oral, web, written, and pedagogical forms.

Methods and Technologies

  • Media production, including podcasts, video storytelling, blogging, writing, and others.
  • Research-based argumentation, writing, and presentation.
  • Program development, instructional design, curriculum design.
  • Methods include semi-structured interviewing, documentary film production, textual and cultural analysis, story-telling, some data visualization.

Academic Majors of Interest

  • All Disciplines
  • Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies
  • Business Administration, Management
  • College of Architecture
  • College of Computing
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Global Business
  • History and Sociology of Technology and Science
  • History, Technology, and Society
  • International Affairs
  • Modern Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Public Policy
  • Urban Planning

Preferred Interests and Preparation

1) Background in or passion for the humanities and arts, e.g. writing, communication, media, performance, global studies, foreign language, close reading, art history, education. 2) Welcoming students with training in film production, marketing, website and app design, organizational behavior, data visulation. 3) Welcoming students with competence in languages other than English.

Meeting Schedule & Location



Meeting Location: 

AGSC Conference Room

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Team Advisors

Dr. Sebnem Ozkan (Atlanta Global Studies Center, Modern Languages)
Dr. Jenny Strakovsky (Modern Languages)