The Center actively promotes scholarly discussion of global issues. It sponsors lectures, conferences, and symposia, both on campus in Carlisle and at the College's study and research centers abroad. In addition to its own events, the Center frequently partners with academic departments and allied offices and centers on campus to help support and promote lectures and events on global themes.
Recent lectures and conference on issues of contemporary global importance include:
The Politics of Resentment in Arizona
Dr. Sandra Soto, Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, University of Arizona
Recent Arizona laws on immigration and the ethnic studies curriculum in the state's public elementary and secondary schools have been the subject of international attention and debate. Professor Soto, a distinguished educator at the University of Arizona, witnessed this debate up close and participated in it personally, lending her voice as a leader in higher education to constructive discussion of one of the most vital issues--if not the single most vital issue--that confronts (and too often divides) our country today: namely, U.S.- Mexico immigration policy.
Chesapeake Bay Blues: Science, Politics, and the Struggle to Save the Bay
Dr. Howard Ernst, Professor of Political Science, U.S. Naval Academy and Inaugural Director of the Kohler Environmental Center
The Chesapeake Bay Program was established in 1983 by the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. EPA to restore one of America's great environmental treasures. But, after thirty years of environmental education and research--and millions of "Save the Bay" bumper stickers--the Chesapeake has not recovered. Despite a few notable success stories, the bay scored a 38%, a D+, in overall health on the 2011 Bay Report Card. Dr. Ernst discussed the lessons learned and presented new strategies for saving the bay.
America's Asian Pivot: Implications for Asia and for Europe (Bremen)
Dr. Douglas Stuart, J. William Stuart and Helen D. Stuart Chair in International Studies, Dickinson College
With Operation Iraqi Freedom over and ISAF's mission in Afghanistan drawing down, the United States will likely turn its attention and resources to the Pacific where China is asserting its status as a regional hegemon and two frozen conflicts in the Taiwan Strait and Korea Peninsula persist.Professor Stuart highlighted the history of U.S.-Asia relations and then explained that this "pivot" in American focus to Asia not only has implications for Asia but also for Europe as well.
Dr. Nicoletta Marini-Maio, Associate Professor of Italian, Dickinson College
Post-feminism?The Culture and Politics of Gender in the Age of Berlusconi (Bologna)
The recent events concerning gendered identities and the way they intersect with politics and society under the cultural hegemony of Berlusconi's Italy (e.g., underage prostitution, the highly sexualized parties--"bunga bunga"--the premier hosts at his villas, the appointment to political office of some of the women appearing on the prime minister's television network) have given rise to a series of questions about the state of gender and postfeminism in Italian culture. The Berlusconi of the conference's title indexes historical and cultural parameters, political cachet, and socio-economic contexts, not an actual individual. In the context of Italy's Second Republic (1994 to the present), the conference took up the subject of the shift in cultural paradigms rooted in the "Age of Berlusconi."