Global Issues Colloquium

Take a tour of some of the world’s hottest issues! For more than 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 2021 Global Issues Colloquium

Thursday, October 21, 7:00pm, on Zoom:

Fibers artist Nazanin Amiri Meers will create an immersive installation for the University Art Gallery open October 19-December 2, 2021. A Million Miles Away contemplates cross-cultural experiences of space. By incorporating elements of Iranian architecture that reflect Islamic beliefs including screens and abstract geometric patterning, her work contemplates the concepts of privacy and quietude often emphasized in Islamic architecture but lacking in American architecture. Her work asks the viewer to examine the distinctions between and value of public and private space. Amiri Meers studied Textile Design and Print in Iran and received her MA in Design Technology in Malaysia in 2009. She immigrated to the United State in 2014 and earned an MFA in Fiber Arts at the University of Kansas. Her visit is co-sponsored with the University Art Gallery.Nazanin Amiri Meers

Thursday, November 11, 7:00pm
MG2001 and on Zoom:

Taner Edis
Professor of Physics, Truman State University
Why Rationality Won’t Save the World

With a global pandemic and environmental crisis, slogans like “trust the science” and proposals of rule by experts have become more visible. A better understanding of the facts and rational behavior are our best hopes. Rationality, however, is more complicated and more context-dependent than we often appreciate. Beliefs have associated costs. When we account for these costs, we find that in some common situations, such as nationalist or traditionally religious environments, belief in some falsehoods can become instrumentally rational. Rationality alone is unlikely to promote adequate solutions to global problems.