Globalization in a Fractured World
Globalization is not a one-way street. It is not even a two-way street. The term encompasses an ever-changing set of complex multi-tiered interactions across national borders in which any one relationship affects, and is affected, by all the others. From Cuban cigars to German cars, every aspect of daily life is subject to multinational cross-pressures. The effects are not equal; responses are not uniform.
In our era of fractured global interdependence, each nation requires its own complex decision-making structure. Every president and every congress must balance their own requirements – as known at the time – the best they can. How can we best preserve what we have, while participating constructively internationally? Seeking answers might very well divide, not only one nation against another, but also ourselves from one another.
We will consider a range of international and domestic issues including international trade, migration, and national security to illustrate the pervasive and intricate effects of globalization, both abroad and at home:
- The US and the World: Retrospect
- International Trade: From Textiles to High (?) Tech
- Immigration: Then and Now
- European Union: Our History in Real Time
- Foreign Policy: Whose?
- The US and the World: Prospects
Thursdays, 2:00 pm — 3:30 pm
January 24 — February 28
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
David Olson (Ph.D., University of California, Berkley) is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Co-Director of the Parliamentary Center for Central Europe at UNC Greensboro. He is a past recipient of the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award.