Professor to reflect on culture, student engagement in Nicaragua

October 04, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- “Yo Soy #Nicaragüense … How do University Students in Central America Perceive Their Indigenous Culture?” a presentation by Nicole Webster, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 23, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The event is free and open to the public, and can also be viewed online.

Webster is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education. This past spring, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to investigate how young people engage in formal and informal contexts, and how these experiences influence their understanding and use of social capital.

In her presentation, Webster will share personal anecdotes and reflections on the intersection of culture and student engagement in the Central American country of Nicaragua. She will discuss how and why indigenous knowledge is being lost among young people, and reflect on the perceived value of indigenous knowledge as youth in Nicaragua adopt technology and employ social media in increasing numbers.

The presentation is part of an ongoing series highlighting the importance of indigenous knowledge and is sponsored by the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK) and the Penn State Social Sciences Library. For more information on ICIK, go to

For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Remy Chappetta at and 215-806-2790 or Helen Sheehy at and 814-863-1347.

Last Updated October 07, 2013