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What's in Store for 2014-2015?

The 2013-14 academic theme challenged us as a community to see ourselves and the world “through the eyes of others.”  The 2014-2015 academic theme will continue that exploration with an applied focus around the topic “Living in a Global Community.” The emphasis of the 2014-15 theme will be on applied understanding of the richness of cultural interchange and interaction to the development of arts, commerce, philosophical and political ideas, expressions of faith, and emergence of technologies that either narrow or extend the gap between peoples, places, and global perspectives.

The 2014-15 academic theme will encourage students to:

  • Evaluate the global impact of “place” on ethical and social choices
  • Raise complex questions about global systems
  • Explore and engage in dialog about what constitutes “responsible” courses of action when engaging in globalized thinking
  • Apply knowledge of historic and contemporary effects of decision making at macro and micro levels on how “advancements” are perceived
  • Integrate knowledge and experience to implement sophisticated, meaningful solutions to complex global issues that reflect a sense of one’s own identity within the global community
  • Develop critical questions about one’s own ability to contribute to a fast-paced world where human interchange and exchange are accelerated to conditions of hyperglobalization

To develop these competencies, programs are sought to encompass any of the following topics:

  • The role of culture and cultural intelligence and their influence upon business, healthcare, art, entertainment, communication, law, and other professional fields.
  • The concept of a global mindset and the clash between global citizenry and nationalism.
  • The proper role of international institutions of all sorts (multinational corporations, intergovernmental organizations, international NGOs, and political organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, and European Union).
  • The causes and remedies of international extremes of wealth and poverty.
  • The role of the international community in the resolution of human rights problems.
  • Technological implications for global education.
  • Sustainable economic development and poverty reduction in economics and global policy-making.
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid.
  • Faith and religion in a pluralistic world.
  • Digital wildfires in a hyperconnected world.
  • Pursuing an international career.

Click here for printable version of Living in a Global Community.