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Framing the Global Conference
(September 26-28, 2013)

Framing the Global, a five-year initiative of Indiana University Press and the Indiana University Center for the Study of Global Change, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, hosted an international conference on new approaches to global studies in September 2013.  The project seeks to support scholarly research and publications that develop and disseminate new knowledge, approaches, and methods in the field of global research. A working with a group of fifteen scholars from around the world meet regularly to discuss and generate new integrative approaches to Global Studies. At the conference the working group presented the work it has been doing and, along with other scholars, shared and further explored innovative frameworks for empirically understanding global phenomena.

Global Learning and Teaching Institute
(March 1, 2013)

Commitment to global learning must be shared broadly across campuses, not only promoted by a select few within international offices or other units. This one-day institute was designed for the many constituents and campus allies that together pursue and support global teaching and learning.

Media and Social Change
(November 3, 2012)

This one-day conference focused on a wide range of media activism, ranging from the playful to the political. The goal was an interdisciplinary mix of scholars investigating media and social change phenomena. Formats included: two keynote speakers, short research presentations of graduate students and faculty (in a roundtable setting), panel talk, “idea tournament,” Skype or video conversations with global media activists. This was the first annual conference for graduate students and faculty engaged in media production, management, teaching, research, and creative activity, hosted by the new Media@IU group.

International Workshop on Science, Innovation, Industry, and the Academy: The Complex System of Knowledge Diffusion
(July 19-20, 2012)

The two-day workshop brought together experts from diverse areas of research and practice to explore the delicate balance between collaboration and competition for the scientific research workforce in a globalized century. All participants shared the goal of identifying challenges and opportunities in building and sustaining scientific, organizational, and commercial expertise at institutions of higher education on a global basis. Specific areas of discussion included: scientific discovery & innovation; law and business development; history and philosophy of science; teacher education programs; complexities of research compliance; policy planning, evaluation and strategy; higher education administration and finance; physical, chemical, and environmental science; and geological and information science.

Re-scripting Islam: Muslims and the Media
(March 23 - 24, 2011)

A conversation between media professionals and scholars brought together journalists, scholars, bloggers and the general public for an exploration of the narratives spun about Islam and Muslims in the news. The goal of this conference was not only to discuss these issues, but to also move the conversation forward. Topics included Muslim identity and politics, the creation of Muslim counter-narratives and Muslims and new media. The project held live webchats throughout the two-day conference featuring some of the speakers; panels and talks were, also, live-blogged on the Muslim Voices Web site.

Globalization and Sustainability
(2009)

Globalization and sustainability remain topics of great interest to the Center's faculty and students and are central to the study of global change. They also remain misunderstood and theoretically contested phenomena. Therefore, the center is currently involved in planning a multi year colloquium series where colleagues from a variety of world areas, such as South Africa, Thailand, and Spain, among other nations, will be invited to discuss these polemic and extremely important topics. Face-to-face meetings as well as interactive video technology will facilitate the dialogue as scholars discuss some of the key questions to be addressed, tackle definitional issues, and establish some contextual and disciplinary boundaries, as well as potentially devising suggested policy revisions.

The Security of Global Port Cities: Community, Environment, and Maritime Policy
(April 30 - May 2, 2008)

Port cities hosting container shipping industries are the linchpins of regional economies. They are communication nexuses and key transit and storage points in the global supply chains of food, petroleum, ore, and consumer goods. Nested in a wider coastal ecology, often where major river systems empty into the sea, port cities are also hosts to historic and culturally diverse communities that are susceptible to natural and industrial disaster. While anti-terrorism reforms have placed considerable focus on the vulnerability of the shipping industry to biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, this international conference proposed to expand the scope of port security issues to include social and ecological dimensions such as water management; migration, immigration and irregular settlement; marginal and traditional local community perspectives; and fishery sustainability. Colleagues from Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States were invited. They represented a range of disciplines and professions including city planning, anthropology, port authorities, and law. The collaboration produced a global, interdisciplinary, and multidimensional perspective on 21st century port security.

Stephen Flynn: "America the Resilient: Rebuilding the Foundation for Global Security Leadership"
(April 1, 2008)

Stephen Flynn, renowned security expert from the Council on Foreign Relations and adviser to two presidents, presented the lecture, "America the Resilient: Rebuilding the Foundation for Global Security Leadership." Flynn outlined why the next administration must move away from its overreliance on the U.S. national security establishment and toward enlisting the private sector and civil society in managing the challenges of globalization. Flynn has appeared on "Meet the Press," "60 Minutes" and Cable NewsNetwork and other media outlets. A 20-year veteran of the Coast Guard, he served in national security roles in the Bush and Clinton administrations and has received critical acclaim for his most recent book, The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation (Random House, 2007).

Paths to Democracy: An International Conversation About Constitutional Stories
(September 25-27, 2007)

Paths to Democracy: An International Conversation About Constitutional Stories brought together distinguished constitutionalists representing six countries (Spain, South Africa, Burma, Liberia, Mexico, and Kyrgyzstan) to tell their stories, compare meanings, and consider the dynamic processes of constitutional narrative. Two participants considered and elucidated each country's path to constitutional democracy and the role the constitution played in this process; they explored the moral and cultural values and institutions that were implied, exemplified, or questioned in their stories; they discussed the lessons their stories offered to citizens and officeholders; they examined the roles of nationalism and identity; they looked at how the stories related to each other and provided guidance for the challenges of constitutional democracy; and they clarified the contested areas of the stories and the sources of potential conflict and disagreement.

Following the initial day of constitutional storytelling, comparison, and analysis, the Indiana University and Bloomington community was invited to a public event at which the participants discussed the divergent national narratives as well as common themes across the constitutional stories. The audience was invited to ask questions and offer comments on the presentations. Scheduled on Thursday September 27, this presentation was held in the Moot Courtroom at the Indiana University School of Law.

Global Change in Comparative Literature
(Spring 2005)

In conjunction with Indiana University's Area Studies programs and the Department of Comparative Literature, the Center hosted a conference on the impact of globalization on world literature. Enhanced communications has resulted in the emergence of new voices around the globe who address common problems through poetry, drama, film, and narrative. Global humanities is one of the least developed sub-fields of International Studies and this conference examined new developments in theory and pedagogy in this area.

Europe, Ukraine, and Security
(Odessa, Ukraine, September 24-27, 2004)

The Center for the Study of Global Change collaborated with the Center for International Studies at Odessa University on a conference that examined, from varying national perspectives, major security issues confronting Europe. This conference was a follow-up to a workshop on "Ukraine and European Security" that Indiana University and Odessa University sponsored in November 1996. Out of that workshop came Ukraine and European Security (London: Macmillan; New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999).

Language, Ethnicity, and Culture
(Spring 2004)

In collaboration with Indiana University's Area Studies programs, the Center for the Study of Global Change developed and hosted a conference on the interrelationship between language, ethnicity, and culture and the future of the nation state. Since the end of the Cold War, problems of national identity have emerged as a critical international issue as national groups seek a greater voice in their governance and self-determination. Some societies have made adjustments peacefully while others have erupted in ethnic violence. The role of language, ethnicity, and language plays a critical role in this process and this conference addressed the ramifications of these processes on the future of the state.

Innovative Strategies for Internationalization in Higher Education
(Chicago, IL, April 25-26, 2003)

The International Studies National Resources Centers at Indiana University, Michigan State University, and the University of Iowa and the American Council for Education (ACE) hosted a national conference on Innovative Strategies in Internationalization in Higher Education in Chicago. This conference focused on two major issues in international education at the post-secondary level: leveraging scarce resources and the impact of new technologies on technological research in international studies. Faculty from colleges and universities from the Indiana Consortium for International Programs (ICIP), the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA), and the Midwest Institute for International/ Intercultural Education (MWIIIE) participated in the proceedings.

The Impact of New Technologies on Teaching and Research in International Studies
(Bloomington, IN, October 13-14, 2002)

The Center for the Study of Global Change and the Consortium for Institutional Cooperation (CIC) hosted a conference on The Impact of New Technologies on Teaching and Research in International Studies at Indiana University. The aim of this conference was to examine how new information technologies are changing the ways in which pedagogy and research are conducted, specifically in international studies. The conference brought together faculty, librarians, and specialists in new technology who, in many cases, do not often communicate directly with each other. The focus of the conference was both theoretical and applied. A dialogue took place on innovative practices, the use of technology, and the role of librarians in facilitating access to information. Participants reviewed some current cutting-edge practices that may point the way to possible futures. Among the outcomes of the conference were the identification of "unmet" needs and plans for the publication of conference highlights and outcomes on the Web.

Sustainable Development, Agriculture, and the Challenge of Genetically Modified Organisms
(March 29-31, 2001)

One of the Center's primary mandates is to explore the rapidly changing political, social, economic, and environmental conditions around the world, especially at the turn of the millennium. The focus of this major conference was to examine and analyze the challenges and promises of transgenic organisms and other genetically-modified crops. Are these agricultural products the solution to global hunger or will they result in new forms of genetic mutation which will threaten the biosphere? Are trade barriers to American transgenic agricultural products established for legitimate health concerns or to protect inefficient farming practices overseas? The Center co-hosted this conference in conjunction with the IU School of Law and panels addressed the legal, economic, political, and social ramifications of transgenic engineering on the international system, especially in terms of global trade and politics. The conference proceedings were published in the Fall 2001 issue of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (Volume 9, Number 1).

Nuclearization of Indian Ocean States
(March 1-2, 2001)

The Center worked with IU's India Studies Program, the Middle East Studies Program, and the African Studies Program to host a major conference on the implications of the nuclear weapons programs of countries on the Indian Ocean littoral. Participants addressed security issues associated with the development and expansion of nuclear programs in India, Pakistan, Iraq, Israel, South Africa, and Australia.

Best Practices in International Studies
(Indianapolis, IN, January 28-30, 2000)

The "Best Practices in International Studies" conference showcased some of the exceptional programs offered by member institutions of the Indiana Consortium for International Programs (ICIP). Panels included innovative overseas studies opportunities, international service learning, and academic programs and curricula. The conference was geared toward international educators in the Midwest but also attracted educators from the Great Lakes College Association and large research universities such as Texas A & M, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Southern California, and Ohio University.

The globalization of goods, services and ideas has highlighted the need for students to acquire competence about global issues. Institutions' response to this need depends upon available faculty expertise, existing resources and services etc., yet many schools are under increasing pressure to do more with less. In response, the 42 member institutions of ICIP are seeking ways to collaborate and share extant resources.

Prior to the conference, the Center for the Study of Global Change surveyed the international capabilities of the 42 Midwestern colleges and universities that are ICIP members. The conference was a follow-up opportunity for international educators to learn about other programs in the region and develop a dialogue about collaboration among ICIP schools.

Title VI 40th Anniversary National Conference
Co-organized with IU's Title VI National Resource Centers and the Office of International Programs
(Washington, DC, April 16-18, 1998)

National leaders and educators from across the United States met in Washington, DC to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title VI of the Higher Education Act. In 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower and Congress recognized that America's growing leadership role in the world made necessary a national effort to develop the country's knowledge of other nations, cultures, foreign languages, and international affairs. The programs authorized under Title VI of the National Defense Education Act of 1958 addressed these urgent needs. Under this law and succeeding statutes, the federal government and U.S. colleges and universities have forged partnerships that have developed human and material resources in the field of international education and established important relationships between Americans and citizens of other nations. These resources and relationships are as critical as ever to the security and prosperity of the United States and the world. As the international system becomes more complicated and economies more open, integrated, and competitive, international education becomes increasingly important to America's success. International education programs also help us better understand and strengthen our country's increasingly diverse society. The conference did not focus solely on the past accomplishments of Title VI, but also looked to the future of the program and international education.

Conference panels addressed the following issues: Contributions of Title VI to International Education and Foreign Language Studies; The Foundations of Future Research on International Studies; America's Role in the World; The Impact of the World Today on Key Sectors of Society; and The Response of Higher Education to the Changing International Scene.

NAFTA: Three Years Later
(Indianapolis, IN, November 15-16, 1996)

This conference was held in Indianapolis at the IUPUI campus (November 15-16, 1996), and examined the economic, political, and social ramifications of the NAFTA Treaty on the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Panelists focused on national identity and cultural perspectives; the Helms-Burton Act and law and regional economic integration; aspirant countries to the NAFTA agreement; and labor perspectives of the NAFTA accord. Seventeen scholars, government officials, political activists, and labor representatives from Canada, Chile, Mexico, and the U.S. participated.

Water: A Trigger for Conflict/A Reason for Cooperation
(Bloomington, IN, March 7-10, 1996)

This conference was held at Indiana University, Bloomington with the objective of finding new approaches to the ongoing problems posed by the international sharing and use of water resources. Presentations ranged from case studies of regional water disputes (particularly in the Middle East), theoretical approaches to addressing trans-boundary water conflict resolution, to global scale analysis of government versus private business roles in water management. Several of the conference papers appeared in the March 1997 issue of Water International, the official journal of the International Water Resources Association.


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