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"Globalization" has become shorthand for a profound series of changes in culture, ecology, economy and politics. Proponents of the globalization thesis believe that a truly global economy has emerged, unleashed by modern technology and the seemingly limitless expansion of American-style capitalism. They argue that the old system of nation states is becoming irrelevant as people, money, ideas, and companies move swiftly across national and cultural borders

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But globalization is a contested concept. Some scholars argue that globalization is neither as powerful nor as important as its proponents claim. While its supporters see globalization as primarily a spur to prosperity and democracy, its critics argue that it breeds inequality and is culturally and politically destabilizing. In either case, globalization is now associated with worldwide protests and attacks on the symbols of American wealth.

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Is globalization to be tamed? Is it reversible? Can it be altered to favor the poor and the disadvantaged? Does it truly define our era? These and many other questions will be addressed by a distinguished group of speakers and artists in the Fall 2003 Honors Colloquium.

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Please join us for this series of stimulating evening addresses on the many sides of globalization, all free and open to the public.

Honors Colloquium Organizers Chai Kim (left), John Grandin (middle) and Richard McIntryre (right)

John M. Grandin
International Engineering Program
Chai Kim
  College of Business Administration
Richard McIntyre
Department of Economics

- Colloquium Organizers


Updated: September 30, 2003
 

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