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Common Theme 2013-14Global Citizenship in an Evolving World

Common Theme Overview

Globalization has triggered a wide range of social, cultural, political, environmental, and economic changes throughout the world. Virtually all fields of study and industries are now impacted by global issues. The purpose of the theme is to involve students, faculty, staff, and our community in a focused dialogue about international issues and our roles as engaged citizens in the world community. The theme will enable concentrated exploration of our moral and ethical responsibilities to the world community.

Some of the topics the Common Theme will cover are:

  • How political decisions in the United States impact other countries
  • How local industries are impacted by global issues
  • Environmental impacts from one country to another
  • Respect and the need for diversity
  • Importance of speaking multiple languages
  • Respect for and preservation of Indigenous Groups and Communities
  • Understanding international cultural art forms
  • Global religious tolerance and understanding
  • Study and travel opportunities throughout the U.S. and the world
  • Global outsourcing of labor
  • World food distribution
  • Psychological impact of war
  • Concern for human rights and human dignity
  • Immigration issues
  • Global citizenship

Below are the regions which we plan to feature during the 2013-2014 academic year:

  • September – Eastern and Central Europe
  • October – The Americas
  • November – Africa
  • December – Middle East
  • January – Russia and Former Soviet Union
  • February – South/Southeast Asia
  • March – East Asia
  • April – Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Islands
  • May – Western Europe

Note: Events around featured regions may occur in other months than those designated above.