Global Issues Colloquiums
Take a tour of some of the world’s hottest issues! For over a decade, Truman State University’s Global Issues Colloquium has been helping the Truman community understand many of the most challenging questions, conflicted responses and hopeful developments facing various governments and societies.
Fall 2018 Global Issues Colloquium
Thursday, September 6, 7pm
Student Panel on National/ International Climate Activism
Students who have participated in national and international climate activism will share their experiences. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Christine Harker, CRP, CCL from the Truman English Department.
The issue of climate change is one which affects all life on Earth, but disproportionately its effects will be felt by the youth of today. So it is hardly surprising that student-led activism comprises an increasingly important part of climate change political engagement. This Global Issues Colloquium features a panel of student climate activists, whose political energy has been directed in different but intersecting directions. From Truman State University there is Eugenia Delgado, Biology graduate student and recently trained Climate Reality Leader and Emma Rollins, undergraduate in [ENVS?], who is an active member of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and traveled to Washington DC to lobby Representative Sam Graves this past June. Also we will be joined by Mizzou student, Mason Brobeck, undergraduate member of the MU Divestment Campaign. The panel will be moderated by Dr Christine Harker, CRP, CCL from the Truman English Department.
Thursday, September 27, 7pm
Baldwin Hall Little Theater (BH 102)
Dr. Tal Simmons, forensic anthropologist and the chair of Forensic Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Simmons has worked with identification of the dead as well as identification of trauma in human bones in situations that feature human rights abuses. She has worked for both Amnesty International and the International Committee of the Red Cross and for other international agencies in Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Kosovo, and Bosnia, and as a consultant for many other national and international agencies.
Thursday, October 25, 7pm
Baldwin Hall Little Theater (BH 102)
Robert Kelly, archaeologist, University of Wyoming
The Fifth Beginning: What 6 Million Years of Human History Can Tell Us About Our Future
Kelly identifies four key pivot points in the six-million-year history of human development: the emergence of technology, culture, agriculture, and the state. In each example, he examines the long-term processes that resulted in a definitive, no-turning-back change for the organization of society. Kelly then looks ahead, giving us evidence for what he calls a fifth beginning, one that started about AD 1500. Some might call it “globalization,” but the author places it in its larger context: a five-thousand-year arms race, capitalism’s global reach, and the cultural effects of a worldwide communication network. Kelly predicts that the emergent phenomena of this fifth beginning will include the end of war as a viable way to resolve disputes, the end of capitalism as we know it, the widespread shift toward world citizenship, and the rise of forms of cooperation that will end the near-sacred status of nation-states. It’s the end of life as we have known it. However, the author is cautiously optimistic: he dwells not on the coming chaos, but on humanity’s great potential.
Thursday, November 8, 7pm
Mike Rudy, Political Science, Truman State University
While a vast and deep research paradigm exists related to democratic peace, much less work exists on how capitalist institutions affect state bellicosity levels. Furthermore, American political leaders have pushed for pushed for both greater global democratization and marketization. However, marketization is rarely spoken of as peacemaker while democracy receives much of the credit towards increases cooperative behavior. New arguments and evidence suggest capitalisms pacifying role may be understated. The is an exploration of how capitalist and democratic institutions facilitate and incentivize nonviolent solutions in a competitive international environment.