Book Launch & Conversation: America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility

The Presidents’ Alliance held a conversation on September 14, 2021 to celebrate the launch of Dr. Rajika Bhandari’s new book, America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility.

Dr. Bhandari is an international higher education expert and also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Presidents’ Alliance. Among a list of “most anticipated books for the rest of 2021,” America Calling is both a deeply personal story of Bhandari’s search for her place and voice, but also an unflinching and incisive analysis of the global appeal of a Made-in-America education that is a bridge to America’s successful past and to its future. The conversation included international education experts and U.S. higher education leaders as they discussed the path forward for international students in the U.S. as institutions re-open in the fall, and against the backdrop of the new commitment to international education by the Biden-Harris Administration.

You can watch the recording here. You can find speaker biographies here.


Dr. Rajika Bhandari, Author, International Education expert, & Senior Advisor to the Presidents’ Alliance

 Karin Fischer, Correspondent, Chronicle of Higher Education

Dr. Jorge Gonzalez, President, Kalamazoo College

 Dr. Fanta Aw, Vice President of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence, American University

 Dr. Stephanie Kim, Assistant Professor of the Practice & Faculty Director of Higher Education Administration, Georgetown University