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KSC Centennial Symposium: From Local to Global

KEENE, N.H., 10/22/09 - Keene State College’s Sixth Biennial World Affairs Symposium, “From Local to Global,” will explore issues related to globalization through a series of speakers, forums, and films offered on campus and in Keene from Wednesday, November 4, through Friday, November 6, 2009. All events are free and open to the public. (For a complete schedule and description of speakers and events, please visit

Artists, educators, scholars, planners, and community leaders will gather to explore the impact of “the global” on cultures, environments, economies, and identities defined as “local.” The symposium events are organized around the following set of questions:

  • How do perceptions of the global shape discourses of the local?
  • When do localized discourses and cultural practices determine limits and definitions of global?
  • Where do these concerns direct communication between people, especially within the praxis of teaching and learning?
  • When does local knowledge become globalized?
  • How can global information be localized?

Symposium Highlights

Three keynote speakers:

Judy Wicks, a pioneering voice in the local economy movement for over 30 years, will deliver the opening keynote address, “Local Living Economies: Green, Fair, and Fun,” on Wednesday, November 4, at 8 p.m. (Mabel Brown Room, Student Center). Wicks is the founder of Philadelphia’s celebrated White Dog Café and an organizer of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. She has received numerous recognitions and awards for the work she has done advocating for ethical and sustainable business practices and strengthening the local food movement. (Co-sponsored by Hannah Grimes Center.)

Tina Mai Chen will present “Film as Friendship: China’s Cultural Diplomacy in the Cold War” on Thursday, November 5, at 7 p.m. (Mabel Brown Room, Student Center). Tina Mai Chen is associate professor of history and co-coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Research Circle on Globalization and Cosmopolitanism at the University of Manitoba.

Peter McLaren will present “Public Pedagogy in Dangerous Times,” on Friday, November 6, at 2 p.m. (Mabel Brown Room, Student Center). Peter McLaren is a professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and is an architect of the Critical Pedagogy and Critical Literacy movements. His scholarly works have been translated into 20 languages.

Global/Local Film Festival: Visit festival/ for a list of films, keynote speakers, film panel, and detailed information about each film (click the film title). All films will be shown on the third floor, Drenan Auditorium, Parker Hall.

KSC Over Time:

How is Keene State College tied to events on the local, national, and global scale? Check out the wall-sized poster that will be on display in the Student Center Atrium throughout the Symposium to find out.

The 20009 World Affairs Symposium “From Local to Global” is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, the KSC Office of the President, the KSC Alumni Association, the KSC Campus Commission on Diversity and Multiculturalism, the KSC Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the KSC School of the Arts and Humanities, the KSC School of Sciences and Social Sciences, the KSC School of Professional and Graduate Studies, the Mason Library, the KSC Department of Modern Languages, and the Keene Sentinel. For more information about the Symposium, contact Kim Schmidl-­Gagne at or 603­358­2768.

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