Global Futures Colloquium to Examine the What and Why of Globalization

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DATE: February 27, 2006

CONTACT: Ronnie Hess, Director of Communications, Division of International Studies,
UW-Madison, (608) 262-5590,


Madison, WI – The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division  of International Studies and member programs of the International Institute will examine the nature and meaning of globalization in a series of talks, “The Global Futures Colloquium,” to be held on the university’s campus, beginning in March. The talks are free and open to the public.

“People used to argue for or against globalization, but in the past few years
it’s become clear that it’s not a matter of pro or con but rather a matter
of how,” says Michael Curtin, interim associate director of the International
Institute, director of Global Studies and a professor in the Department of Communication Arts.

Curtin says the colloquium will address a series
of themes or questions, including:

  • How can we shape globalization so as to insure that its costs
    and benefits are shared equitably among societies around the world?
  • How can
    we become better stewards of our natural and human resources so as to insure
    the health and prosperity of future generations?
  • How can we protect local
    cultures while also promoting global consciousness?

Among the speakers in
the series are:

  • Peter Brosius, University of Georgia; Tim Forsyth (London
    School of Economics); Nancy Peluso (UC-Berkeley); and Tori Jennings (UW-Madison)
    on “Global-Local
    Environments, Local-Global Knowledge,” March 6, 2006, 11:15 a.m.,
    The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. The speakers are participating in the “Political
    Ecologies of Knowledge, Science and Technology Interdisciplinary Workshop,” sponsored
    by the International Institute’s Environment
    and Development research circle
  • Michael Gomez, “African Diaspora and Globalization,” March
    23, 4:30 p.m., Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. Gomez is chair of the department
    history at New York University, and director of the Association for the
    Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD). Sponsored by the International
    African Diaspora and the Atlantic
    World research circle
  • John Tomlinson, “Cosmopolitanism
    and Cultural Identity,” March
    30 at 4 p.m., Chazen Museum of Art, 800 University Ave., Madison. Tomlinson
    is head of research in communications, media and cultural studies and
    director of the Nottingham Institute for Cultural Analysis at Nottingham Trent
    in the United Kingdom. He is the author of Cultural Imperialism and Globalization
    and Culture, which have been translated into several languages. Sponsored
    by the International Institute’s Global
    Media and Democracy in Asia research circle
  • Charles Sabel, “Global Governance, Global Politics,
    Global Democracy?” Thursday,
    April 20, 4 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Dr. Sabel is professor
    of law and social science at Columbia University’s Law School.
    Sponsored by the International Institute’s Center
    for World Affairs and the Global Economy

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of the Division of International Studies and the College
of Letters and Science