2017 Joint Area Center Symposium

Governing Globalization: Challenges for Democracy and Global Society

Mar 31, 2017 – Apr 1, 2017
2017 Joint Area Center Symposium Website

As the world has grown increasingly interdependent, populations have been forced into a closer web of relationships that require cooperation on a scale unprecedented in the history of humanity. Structures of governance around the globe are being called into question and the paradoxical relationship between increasing interdependence and the need for cooperation on one hand, and the rising sentiments of isolationism and xenophobia on the other, are being studied, analyzed and debated. This symposium is focused on bringing together leading scholars to explore the pressing topic of Governing Globalization and enrich students interested in scholarship and careers in fields related to international cooperation and global governance.


March 31 
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum 600 S Gregory St, Urbana

3 pm – Undergraduate Student Research Presentations
4 pm – Keynote Lecture: “Governing Globalization” by Ed Kolodziej, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
5 pm – Conference Reception


 April 1
The Illini Union, 1401 West Green Street in Urbana
Lunch and Undergraduate Poster Presentations – Room 104
Breakfast, Plenary, Panels, and Closing Remarks – Room 210


8:30 – 9:00 am
– Continental Breakfast – Room 210

9:00 – 9:15 am – Plenary by Reitu Mabokela, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Room 210

9:15 – 10:15 am – Panel 1: Governing the Global Society and Economy: Order, Welfare, and Legitimacy – Room 210

10:15 – 10:30  am – Break

10:30 – 11:45 am – Panel 2: Challenges to the Global Society: Armed Conflict, Terrorism, and Nuclear Proliferation – Room 210

11:45 am – 12:45 pm – Lunch (Refreshments and Undergraduate Poster Presentations – Room 104)

12:45 – 1:45 pm – Panel 3: Challenges to the Global Society: Energy, Environment, and Resources – Room 210

1:45 – 2:00 pm – Break

2:00 – 3:00 pm – Panel 4: Media, Information Technology and Social Change – Room 210

3:00 – 3:15 pm – Break

3:15 – 4:30 pm – Panel 5: Historical Perspectives on Articulation between the Local and the Global – Room 210

4:30 – 4:45 pm – Conclusion and final remarks by Steve Witt, Associate Professor and Head, International and Area Studies Library & Director, Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Room 210