What’s in a number? Well, we just finished Global Citizenship Seminar 7, but actually #7 is #78 for us since we have convened weeklong seminars on global citizenship since 2004, 71 of them when the program was still under the aegis of Salzburg Global Seminar.
Something about the number 78 got us thinking… In total, we have been “in session” for 1.5 years, that is 78 weeks, or 18 months, or 540 net days of seminars. We believe there aren’t too many people in this world who can claim this kind of experience when it comes to global citizenship education.
MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE SUPPORTED US OVER THE YEARS and who still believe in what we do – promoting education for engaged knowledge and responsible action in an interdependent world.
Through the Lens of Disparities
Each year we choose an overarching theme for our seminars which can work like a magnifying glass to organize the diverse and often confusing aspects of what constitutes the experience of a globalizing world.
In 2016, the overarching theme of our programs was the refugee situation in Europe. The Focus in 2017 will shift to the Topic of DISPARITY in its many dimensions – whether it relates to wealth and poverty, race or ethnicity, education, health, gender, political representation, or general access to resources.
Etymologically, the term disparity invokes the condition of in-equality and, by extension, of imbalance, gap, divergence, even injustice. An important factor of global citizenship is the deliberate effort to become aware of these inequalities, to understand who gets the shorter end of the stick, and why, and to ask the question if and how we may be part of the problem. Disparities are not an evil in and by themselves, but they pose the question of recognizing that there can be breaking points and turning points, crossroads and collisions.
To view our 2017 seminar dates, please go to the “Dates & Registration” tab.