Democracy and Globalization

Posted by on March 21, 2003


Fourth Annual University Symposium on Democracy
“Democracy and Globalization”

April 28 and 29, 2003
Kent State University- Kent, Ohio

Kent State University’s annual symposia on democracy draw upon the lessons of the historic events of May 4, 1970, in an effort to learn from the past some important lessons for the future. This year’s symposium addresses the important and timely topic of democracy and globalization through the presentation, discussion and critique of scholarly papers during four panel sessions and three keynote addresses. The keynote speakers are:

Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, Director/Writer/Producer
Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International
William Greider, Author and Journalist

The panel sessions include:
Panel One: Voices and Choices focuses on the role of the citizen, small group and local community as democracy responds to globalization. The focus includes different forms of political action (politics of the streets, representative politics and public deliberation); explores the relationship between local and global institutions and actions, and addresses the role of the individual group or community in globalization issues of how people are marginalized or excluded.

Panel Two: Culture and Geography explores how geographic factors and cultural differences influence and contend with democracy in the context of globalization. This panel addresses the interplay between globalization, democracy and diversity; considers the issues of resources, population and sustainability; and examines the influence of culturally variable believe and value systems on democracy and globalization.

Panel Three: Definitions and Dynamics grapples with the complex and emerging relationship between democracy and globalization and provides a broad perspective on the past, present and future relationships of democracy and globalization.

Panel Four: Institutions and Infrastructures analyzes the influence of institutions and infrastructures on the development of democracy and globalization and explores the role of new communication technologies and education in shaping democracy and globalization and the changing role of international institutions.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Advance reservations are not required.
For detailed information, visit or call (330)672-3161

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