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Academics and Research Program


Our Academics and Research Program (ARP) is foundational to the existence of the IMID and represents one of the core pillars of IMID operations. Our academics and research team (ART) members in the ARP serve as dedicated subject matter and field experts actively engage in leading or participating in existing, evolving, and emerging research. Collectively, their work advances IMID's goals, mission, and vision across various regions of globe in the context of culture and diaspora-related topics. 

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Photo credit: Olivia Wargo, IMID Spring-Summer 2019 Intern | Dr. Nick Miller, History Professor at Boise State University (Boise, Idaho) presents an overview of diaspora in historic perspective at IMID's February 2019 inaugural stakeholder meeting. giving birth to the IMID's academics and research team.


eBook publication | 2023

Co-authors: Palina Louangketh and Anna Slatinská

This collection of articles is the outcome of the research project KEGA 016UMB-4/2021 global skills and their implementation in foreign language teaching in secondary schools as a means of developing students' key competences and the professional identity of future teachers in the context of the 21st century. 

Contributing authors: Bale, Andy; Bieter, John; Cox, Jon; Drugová, Zuzana; Galdos Irazabal, Imanol; Gladushyna, Raisa; Javor, Martin; Javorčíková, Jana; Koštiaľová, Katarína; Koulabdara, Sera; Li, Hong; Louangketh, Palina; Malisova, Daniela; Murín, Ivan; Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor; Pecnikova, Jana; Ristaino, Christine; Slatinská, Anna; Sorondo, Dennis; Tomaš, Zuzana; and Turanska, Jana

TIMELINE: Academics and Research Program


  • June | Boise, Idaho (USA). Birth of Dr. Palina Louangketh's vision - the Idaho Museum of International Diaspora (IMID) is born!

  • Boise State University (Boise, Idaho) invited as a partner to expand the vision of IMID's founder (Dr. Palina Louangketh).


  • February 6 | Boise, Idaho (USA). IMID's inaugural Stakeholder Kickoff Meeting at Boise State University to introduce Dr. Palina Louangketh's vision about MID as a concept for connecting communities to cultures from around the world starting in Idaho.

  • February 10 | Boise, Idaho (USA). IMID becomes a nonprofit corporation registered through the Secretary of State (Idaho). 

  • Idaho (USA). Following the February 2019 IMID inaugural stakeholder meeting and launch of the IMID as a nonprofit corporation, Boise State University academics convened in the summer with faculty and interns from both University of Delaware (Newark, Delaware) and Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) to launch an Idaho-based project, Arrivals: What's Left Behind, What Lies Ahead.

  • September 9 | IMID receives its 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation from IRS, Department of the Treasury.

  • Boise, Idaho (USA). IMID launches its Global Diaspora Curriculum pilot course at Boise State University Honors College, Cross-Cultural Voices of Diaspora


  • Boise, Idaho (USA). IMID's Global Diaspora Curriculum launches its second course, Cross-Border Voices of Diaspora, at Boise State University's Honors College. 

  • Expansion of the Arrivals project resulting in the formation of an academic- and research-based program – IMID Academics and Research Program (ARP).


  • July | Donostia / San Sebastion (Spain). IMID gains international attention during a presentation at the Public Diplomacy Congress, hosted by Donostia Kultura (Donostia / San Sebastian, Spain) where IMID Founder and Executive Director highlights IMID's academic-based programs resulting in multinational and multisectoral partnerships in the Basque Country (Spain), Canada, Ireland, and Slovakia.

  • In partnership with Matej Bel University (MBU) in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, IMID launches its Global Diaspora Curriculum in MBU's Faculty of Arts in fall 2021. 


  • Formation of IMID's Global Leadership Council.

  • Planning commenced to develop our signature global conference, Museums: The Future of Diaspora Engagement – a congress style conference designed and supported by both IMID’s Global Leadership Council and ART.

  • November | Florence (Italy). IMID and MBU co-presented at the Innovation in Language Learning International Conference in Florence resulting in IMID's expansion of its ART and Global Diaspora Curriculum.



  • February 25-26 | Atlanta, Georgia (USA). IMID and Emory University partnership welcoming events at Emory University and orientation of IMID Global Leaders Fellows (2024 Emory University cohort). 

  • February 28 | Boise, Idaho (USA). Dr. Palina Louangketh, Founder and Executive of IMID served on a panel discussion co-hosted by City Club of Boise and Idaho Environmental Workgroup on a forum titled, Communities and Changing Climate. IMID co-designed the forum's topic and focus. 

  • March 6 | Washington, DC (USA). Photographic Exhibition and Film Screening of Arrivals: What's Left Behind, What Lies Ahead hosted at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic to the U.S.

  • September 18-21 | Galway (Ireland). IMID 2nd annual signature global conference, Climate on Culture.

Academics and Research Team (ART)

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