The Center for Global Education’s Spring 2021 programming series will center around important topics in our world discussed in a global context. It is designed around a set of themes in order to engage the Tulane campus and international partner community in discussions on important and timely global, interdisciplinary topics that help us contemplate new ways to imagine the world and our place within it. Each Module will contain:
Background Sources: Curated content to draw on expertise and perspectives from international thought leaders in written, video, and podcast content; interviews with community change makers; lectures by partner faculties; open sourced classrooms; and virtual site visits.
Student “Lives”: Each theme will contain a forum for Tulane students to interact with international peers and/or partner staff or faculty to discuss perspectives on the topic via a live virtual forum. Students will be advised of the date, time, and login information of the interviews/discussions so they can participate live; when possible, the interaction will also be recorded for later viewing. These virtual exchange forums and workshops are designed for participants to reflect upon and increase their cross-cultural competency and empathy. Sessions will be facilitated by the Office of Study Abroad staff, peer advisors, and other globally-minded Tulane student leaders.
The OSA will also provide recommendations of approved Tulane study abroad programs in our portfolio where students can deepen their knowledge of the topic.
Check out the modules below for background sources and past event recordings.
International Responses to COVID-19: COVID-19 has resulted in the implementation of numerous public health measures to contain the virus, including national lockdowns, large-scale quarantines, and social distancing. Each national and local context has dealt with the difficulties imposed by the virus in different ways. In some cases, national and local government responses have been strong, while in other cases, local individuals and communities are working together to contain the virus. The crisis has required that the world work in solidarity and also consider its socio-economic repercussions globally. In this module, students will critically analyze the pandemic from a multidisciplinary and intercultural perspective.
Travel and tourism are a central dimension of globalization, offering a useful lens to study questions of identity, heritage, and commoditization. As tourists visit “othered” destinations, boundaries of identity and nationality are both maintained and threatened by the constant flow of people and images across these boundaries. Tourism has been touted as a route to economic sustainability and both national and local prosperity. However, tourism has both positive and negative impacts on local people, local cultures, and the environment. World heritage sites, tourist destinations, and their communities are grappling with cultural appropriation and issues of conservation and sustainability. The flight shaming movement has risen our awareness of air travel’s contribution to climate change. This module will explore some of the complex socio-cultural and environmental impacts of travel and tourism across the globe.
The language and politics of Black Lives Matter have had global echoes which will be explored in this programming module. A fascinating aspect of race is that it is continually constructed across nations, over three continents, and traversing oceans. The power of institutionalized racism is enacted upon people of color globally as systemic international racism. Because race as a construct has been produced globally, there are different ways in which racisms manifest across cultural contexts and local histories that have power in shaping access to rights and liberties, power and opportunities, and income and wealth. The Black Lives Matter movement has had global repercussions.
Engaging in discussion and coming up with new paths forward requires awareness and mindfulness in our intercultural interactions. When we understand culture-based values that play a significant role in all intercultural interactions, we have new understandings of and increased flexibility in our communications with others and in our design for change. This module will explore cultural values, cultural barriers, non-verbal and verbal communication in cultural contexts, and conflict resolution techniques. Perspectives from experts and students from across the globe will reveal how our values, attitudes, beliefs, and traditions are shaped by our cultural contexts.
The way we see the world is a subjective practice, built on our awareness of our own cultural identity and values and those around us. What differing worldviews and mythologies underlie possible, probable, and preferred futures? In this module we will connect with global innovators, futurists from around the world, who are improving global foresight and charting new career paths with cross-cultural awareness. They will share their experiences, including how they utilize opportunities and manage risks in order to navigate a vision for reimagining our world.
The impact of human activity on climate change is a topic of great concern all over the world and a major risk to development. Kevin Anderson, faculty member at the University of Manchester in Uppsalla, Sweden says, “Academics have done an excellent job in understanding and communicating climate science, but the same cannot be said in relation to reducing emissions. Here we have collectively denied the necessary scale of mitigation, running scared of calling for fundamental changes to both our energy system and the lifestyles of high-energy users.” In this module we will explore possibilities of how to create a catalyst for urgent, system-level transformation to address climate change.