Globalization Discussion to Launch September 15, 2008 with Arjun Appadurai
Why Discuss Globalization?
Beginning in the Fall of 2008, the Martin Institute will undertake a two-year discussion of globalization. In partnership with the College Honors Program, Campus Ministry, and the Cornerstone Program, will spend two years studying the forces that are transforming our world.
We will seek to define globalization, a term we hear much about but barely understand. We will launch investigations into how the processes of modern globalization affect the political, economic, legal, and cultural structures of nations and societies.
- How does the global economy work, and how does it impact trade, labor, and social welfare systems?
- Can globalization transform indigenous political movements into worldwide struggles against threats to health care, clean water, and sustainable development?
- What have the effects of globalization been in the areas of environmental health, sustainable agriculture, and human rights?
- How does globalization in the 21st century resemble other "global" moments in human history, and what can we learn from those other eras?