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God, Guns, Gold and Glory
By Lauren Langman

Expose, Oppose, Propose
By William K. Carroll

Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy
By Jerry Harris

Moving Beyond Capitalism
By Cliff DuRand

Ideology in a Global Age
By Rafal Soborski

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Conference Call for Papers:

Global Crises, Global Change Conference
Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah
March 30 – April 1, 2017

In recent years the extent and impact of various global crises across different fields has increased significantly. This is affecting a growing number people as well as the physical world we depend on. Experiencing or witnessing these crises on multiple and distinct levels, global and local communities are desperately seeking to find effective coping mechanisms and long-term solutions. However, it appears that current approaches to these multifaceted and complex crises, have not provided sufficient answers and strategies to tackle the expansion of human suffering, the destruction of nature, and systemic injustices.

Instead of looking at contemporary crises from a single disciplinary perspective, there has to be a shift towards interdisciplinary, intercultural, and intersectional approaches that can unveil the common roots of the convergence of the following crises:

  • ecological crises concerning climate change, resource depletion, energy depletion, and accessibility to food and water;

  • economic crises of wealth distribution and inequality, capitalist expansion, and financial instability;

  • social crises concerning mass displacement, migration and refugees, different manifestations of mass or systemic violence, and the spread of diseases;

  • political crises such as the polarization of societies, increased militarization, securitization and surveillance, and the re-emergence of extreme right wing populism, xenophobia as well as resurgent racisms, settler colonialisms and neocolonialisms, among other forms of discrimination such as sexism, heterosexism, and religious intolerance.

This conference aims to provide undergraduate scholars with a platform to present and discuss their research, artifacts, and other investigations on these issues. The purpose is to create a broad variety of cross-disciplinary analyses and propose viable alternatives and solutions committed to global social and environmental justice. We are looking for projects that analyze specific instances of global crises or convergences among various crises, their causes and effects, potential alternatives and solutions, as well as the different paths, strategies and tactics for resistance, mobilization and transformation. In addition to traditional research papers, we will also gladly consider non-traditional projects likefilms, creative writing, craft works, music and other mediums of expression.

The first submission deadline for abstracts is February 13, 2017. However, we will continue to review abstracts thereafter until March 6, 2017. Proposals should include the title, abstract or description of thepaper, and keywords. They should be emailed to

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On this episode of "The Calumet Roundtable," host Dr. Lee Artz, Professor of Communication at Purdue University Calumet, and guest Dr. Jerry Harris, National Secretary of the Global Studies Association, discuss the idea of green capitalism. The green capitalism movement focuses on using the economic market to fix, or mediate, environmental problems such as global warming and dwindling natural resources. Harris argues that sustainable technologies could be a way to rejuvenate the economy. Artz and Harris also talk about the expansionary and recessionary cycles of capitalism and the problems green capitalism faces in each cycle. Lastly, they discuss questions of legitimacy: how green capitalism could help governments regain the trust of the public.

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The Three Worlds of Social Democracy: A Global View
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A People's History of Modern Europe
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Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties
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Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice
By Jessica Gordon Nembhard