BFA Photography Department Chair Stephen Frailey was recently a guest at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), held November 16 – 18 in Doha, Qatar. Frailey was among an international gathering of leading figures in government, business, education, multimedia and other international institutions who came to WISE to focus on the forum’s central theme, Global Education: Working Together for Sustainable Achievements. Each day featured lectures and plenary sessions attended by such notable figures as Professor Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, the president of Qatar University; Irina Bokova, the director-general of UNESCO; and Gerhard Schröder, the former chancellor of Germany.
“It was an honor to represent SVA at this global summit as the sole participant from any art school, and I was recognized for my involvement in Afghanistan and the founding of the PhotoGlobal program,” says Frailey. “It was inspiring and informative, and granted me insight into an educational discourse outside of art and the art world, looking at public policy and governance, and education as a form of social justice.” For a complete run-down of the WISE conference events and speakers, and to view video from many of the presenters, visit wise-qatar.org.
Image: Irina Bokova at the WISE opening plenary session.