Global Issues Colloquium Returns with Examination of International Financial Crisis

The Global Issues Colloquium will resume at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in Magruder Hall 2001 with “Local Responses to International Financial Crises: Past and Present,” a presentation by Wolfgang Hoeschele, associate professor of geography, and Ma’ikwe Schaub Ludwig of the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.

Hoeschele will examine how ordinary people respond to international financial crises like the current global crisis. Using a discussion of the use of local currencies in Austria during the Great Depression and in Argentina during the 2000-2003 crisis as his starting point, he will advance theoretical perspectives on the economy that open up more possibilities for local action now or in the future.

In addition Ludwig, an author and sustainability educator, will share her real life experience of living in a local ecovillage whose goal is to demonstrate and promote ecologically sustainable lifestyles. The lessons of Dancing Rabbit, and similar projects, can be replicated elsewhere and contribute to preventing another Great Depression.

The Global Issues Colloquium is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning. Other events scheduled for the spring semester include: “Writing Colonial History under Postcolonial Conditions: The Unfinished Study,” by Julie Flowerday, assistant professor of anthropology, Feb. 12; “The Immigration Debate Reconsidered: A Global Perspective,” by Jason McDonald, of the history department, March 19; and “Women’s Activism and Feminist Agency in Mozambique and Nicaragua,” by Jennifer Leigh Disney, of Winthrop University, April 16.

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