Global Studies is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on social transformation and innovative responses to seemingly intractable problems. Global Studies students learn to think across disciplines, to move between the scales of the local and the global, and not to lose sight of the realities of human lives at the center of our investigations.
As it fundamentally changes the world, globalization restructures the way states, societies, communities, and individuals relate to each other, creating new challenges that cannot be met by nations or markets alone—challenges such as climate change, nuclear proliferation, human trafficking, international trade regulations, poverty and hunger, the effects of new communications technology, and unprecedented migration. Global Studies prepares students to understand these problems with the aim of realizing a more just and equitable world. To this end, each student is required to demonstrate competency in a foreign language, complete fieldwork research or an internship experience and focus their studies on a course cluster.
Opposition protesters tear gas riot police in front of the Ukrainian House in Kiev. They’ve been protesting against a controversial bill that would let Russian be used in official settings in Russian-speaking areas of the Ukraine.
A physically disabled woman on her wheelchair clashes with riot police in the centre of La Paz, February 23, 2012. Hundreds of physically disabled people arrived in La Paz after completing a protest march of some 1600 km over a hundred days to demand that Bolivia’s government offer support in to each physically disabled Bolivian.
Street battle rages near Egypt’s Interior Ministry
Protesters laid siege to Egypt’s Interior Ministry on Friday, pushing their protest against the military-led government into a second day in a show of anger triggered by the deaths of 74 people in the country’s worst soccer disaster.
One person died in Cairo from a shotgun pellet wound and two were killed in the city of Suez as police used live rounds to hold back crowds trying to break into a police station, witnesses and the ambulance authority said.
The demonstrations erupted following the deaths at a soccer stadium in Port Said. Most of those killed were crushed to death in a stampede but protesters hold the military-led authorities responsible. (more)
Sights and sounds on the ground: Egyptians packed into Tahrir Square today in celebration (with some underlying tension, due to the continued rule of the Military Council) of the anniversary of protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak’s reign. That there are complex and treacherous political problems facing the nation going forward is undeniable, but there’s no shame in taking a moment to look back at just how much Egypt has changed in one year. source
Nepalese police detained more than 100 Tibetan exiles on Tuesday who had gathered to pray for nine Tibetans who set themselves on fire in protest against Chinese rule. A group of Tibetans including 150 monks were holding a prayer meeting on the outskirts of Katmandu in honor of the monks, former monks and a nun who have self-immolated since March in a restive Tibetan area of western China that has been under martial law-type police controls. Aged in their late teens and twenties, at least five died of their injuries, while the condition of the other four is not known.