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Global Issues Community Discussion Series


In partnership with the Monroe County Public Library, the Center for the Study of Global Change organizes a series of community discussions, each focusing on a different global issue.

2014-2015 Discussion Series - please check back.

2013-2014 Discussion Series


News and Noise in Media Content: A Case Study of Current Events in Russia (Spring 2014)

Where is the real story? Technology and the instantaneous media cycle have transformed "News" into a confusing mix of traditional institutions and rapidly changing sources; blog posts, Twitter feeds, Facebook, issue based websites, and whatever the next new thing will be. As information consumers, how do we determine which sources are reliable, objective, and legitimate? With recent events related to Russia and Ukraine as an example, we address these questions and more.

April 3, 2014 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library, Program Room 2B (second floor)

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Speakers:



Click icon above to view discussion. (Video length: 01:27:51)


Syria: Civil War, Chemical Weapons, and Humanitarian Concerns (Fall 2013)

Newspaper headlines aren’t enough to untangle the complex story of Syria’s civil war and its international impacts, including concerns about chemical weapons and human rights abuses. Former Ambassador to Syria Rajendra Abhyankar provides an overview of the situation and helps us understand the complexities of the war, chemical weapons, and the UN Resolution. Indiana University student and Syrian native Rahaf Safi shares viewpoints and anecdotes from her family back home and discusses humanitarian concerns.

November 7, 2013 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library, Program Room 2B

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Speakers:

  • Ambassador Rajendra Abhyankar, former Ambassador to Syria and current IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs Visiting Professor
  • Rahaf Safi, Syrian native, IU political science and philosophy student, and 2013 Truman Scholarship recipient


Click icon above to view discussion. (Video length: 01:20:27)

Past Discussions

Monroe County and Climate Change: Patterns and Implications (Spring 2013)

Climate change and its consequences are increasingly recognized as among the most significant challenges of our time, with effects both globally and locally. This panel discussion will present a unique combination of global research, studies in the Midwest, and what climate change really means for local farmers and gardeners. There will be time for questions and discussion as we try to understand and adapt to our changing climate.

April 2, 2013 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library, Program Room 2B

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Speakers:



Click icon above to view discussion. (Video length: 01:39:05)

Click here for related news item – Gardening in a warming world by Jon Blau


The Global City Phenomenon and Its Impact on Bloomington (Fall 2012)

Discussion will address questions such as: How is a global city defined? What are the challenges and opportunities global cities present and for whom? What is Bloomington’s place in the context of the current global city phenomenon?

September 27, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library, Program Room 2B

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Speakers:

  • Stephanie Kane, IU Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and expert on cities
  • Ron Walker, President of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation


Click icon above to view discussion. (Video length: 01:04:53)


2011: Year of the Protest in Bloomington and Abroad
(Spring 2012)

2011 saw social and political protests across the globe and right here in Bloomington. Learn about the history of protest and social change and the impact of social media on 2011 protest movements.

March 8, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library

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Speakers:

  • Joseph Varga, IU Assistant Professor of Labor Studies
  • Anas Alahmed, Indiana University School of Journalism PhD Student 


Click icon above to view discussion. (Video length: 01:22:21)
 

World Music and Cultural Circulation (Fall 2011)

Learn about and discuss the evolution of world music and its cultural and economic impact locally and worldwide.

November 10, 2011– 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library

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Speakers:

  • Amy Horowitz, IU Center for the Study of Global Change Visiting Scholar
  • Danise Alano-Martin, City of Bloomington Office of Economic and Sustainable Development Director
  • Lee Williams, Lotus Education & Arts Foundation Executive Director and Founder


Click icon above to view discussion. (Video length: 01:17:44)
 

Cyber Insecurity (Spring 2011)

In an age of mass electronic information, cyber security must be taken into careful consideration. Discuss security concerns as they apply internationally, locally, and individually (including resources and techniques for ensuring personal cyber safety).

March 31, 2011 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library

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Speakers:

  • Fred Cate, Law Professor and Director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, Indiana University
  • Kurt Seiffert, Manager for Research Storage, Indiana University 


Click icon above to view discussion. (Video length: 01:03:27)
 

The Many Faces of Human Trafficking (Fall 2010)

Illegal trafficking in humans is the 2nd most profitable international trade, coming in above illegal drugs, and it has been documented in U.S. Midwestern cities. Explore the history of global human trafficking and learn about Indiana legislation regarding human trafficking and what communities can do to eradicate it.

December 19, 2010 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library

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Speakers:

  • Stepanka Korytova, Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Global Change, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Julie McGinnis, J.D., Legal Advocate for Middle Way House, Bloomington, IN


Click icon above to view discussion. (Video length: 01:25:54)
 

Geothermal Systems: A Low Cost and Environmentally Friendly Energy Option (Spring 2010)

Ball State University (BSU) will no longer use coal to heat and cool its campus. Learn about BSU's geothermal plans, how this energy option is available locally, and its far reaching effects globally.

April 29, 2010 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library

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Speakers:

  • John Mundell, President/Senior Environmental Consultant, Mundell and Associates, an earth and environmental services consulting company, Indianapolis, IN
  • Don Seader, Founder/Owner, Worldwide Automotive, Bloomington, IN


Click icon above to view discussion. (Video length: 01:26:44)
 

Genetically Modified Organisms: Promise or Peril? (Winter 2010)

Join a panel of local farmers and scientists to ponder global hunger and effects of GMOs on local and global food production.

January 28, 2010 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Casey, Agricultural Researcher, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN
  • Amy Countryman, Organic Farmer, Masters Student, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Bloomington, IN
  • Dale Conrad, Traditional Farmer, Greene County, IN
  • Kenny Jochim, Traditional Farmer, Evansville Area, IN


Click icon above to view discussion. (Video length: 01:30:20)
 

Global Health Threats in Indiana: Prepare for Tomorrow Today (Spring 2009)

Investigate the local implications of world-wide health issues. Bring your questions and learn what health threats are out there and how Bloomington and Monroe County citizens can prepare for them.

April 30, 2009 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library

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Speakers:

  • Lloyd Kolbe, Associate Dean for Global and Community Health, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Vickie VanDeventer, Infection Control Practitioner, Bloomington Hospital and Coordinator, Hospital Bioterrorism Preparedness - Public Health District 8
  • Penny Caudill, Administrator, Monroe County Health Department


Click icon above to view discussion. (Video length: 01:25:15)
 

Islam in Monroe County (Fall 2008)

Engage in a discussion about Islam in South Central Indiana and the inclusion of Muslim Hoosiers within the fabric of the Bloomington community.

November 20, 2008 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library

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Speakers: Members of the local Muslim community will talk about and answer questions on their lives as Muslims in this area

 

Click icon above to view discussion. (Video length: 01:32:31)
 

The Case for Economic Localization: Responding to Global Threats through Local Action (Case Study: Peak Oil & Climate Change) (Spring 2007)

Responses to globalization at the local level (microeconomic vision) - case studies of communities around the world taking action.

March 22, 2007 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library

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Speaker:

  • Megan Quinn, Outreach Director, The Community Solution, Yellow Springs, OH


Click icon above to view discussion. (Video length: 01:31:12)
 

Globalization: Here to Stay? (The Macroeconomic Perspective) (Fall 2006)

Who is looking out for the common citizen? Nationally recognized expert discusses a macroeconomic vision of global and local economies of the future.

November 9, 2006 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library

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Speaker:

  • Larry Davidson, Professor, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


Click icon above to view discussion. (Video length: 01:41:31)
 
 

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