Seminar Series: Local Perspectives on Global Issues

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Open to All Students
Location: Global, Americas
Program Overview

Join in-person or remotely for informal conversations with UO faculty, graduate students, and experts from around the world to discuss key issues facing our global and local communities. From the effects of climate change on food insecurity, migration, and international trade to the relationship between press freedom, social media, and war, you will have direct access to thought leaders across campus and around the world. These free talks are perfect for those looking to connect with other students across majors and years, as well as gain an introduction to global issues from local perspectives. To attend, complete this quick registration form.

A weekly email will be sent to all registered participants with details regarding the topic, the guest speaker(s), and the day/time of the series for that week.

Seminars are generally held on Thursday mornings but schedules may be modified if guest speaker schedules require it.  See below for updated schedule.

If conditions allow, this program may resume to in-person engagement in spring term.  If that happens, all UO COVID-19 mitigation procedures, including masks and social distancing, will be enforced. All seminars will be recorded and available for asynchronous streaming for students who cannot attend in-person. Additional materials (recommended readings, videos, presenter bios, etc.) will be available to all students. 

The seminar series is moderated by Will Johnson, UO Instructor of Global and Legal Studies and Assistant Vice Provost for Global Engagement.

Winter Term Schedule (updated regularly):

Thursday, January 14: Modern Warfare and the War on Terror with Professor Jane Cramer

Thursday, January 21: American Democracy from a Global Perspective with a panel of ICSP fellows

Thursday, January 28: The State Department and International Diplomacy before, during, and after the Trump administration with Ambassador (ret.) Eric Benjaminson 

Thursday, February 4: CANCELLED.  Native American and Indigenous Studies, perspectives from Oregon and beyond with NAS Professor Kirby Brown

Thursday, February 11: The Human Impact of Migration and Refugee Policy on the U.S. / Mexico Border (Dr. Tobin Hansen)

Thursday, February 18: Youth and Social Change with UO Law Professor Michael Musheno.  NOTE: starts at 10:45am.

Friday, February 26th at 10:30am: Refugees, Migration, and Human Rights Across the EU/MENA corridor with Emina Buzinkic.

Thursday, March 4: Native American and Indigenous Studies, perspectives from Oregon and beyond with NAS Professor Kirby Brown (rescheduled from Feb. 4th).  Starts at 2:30pm

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