This year’s Globalization Day was a big success, with sessions and screenings covering a range of international issues from the Syrian Civil War to GMO’s. Our theme was“Wars of the World” and we explored the impact that conflicts of all kinds have on the lives of people around the world.
The day kicked off with two film screenings, GMO OMG (available on Netflix) and He Named Me Malala. We had a great turnout as we witnessed the environmental and health effects of genetically engineered foods and the extent of their presence in everyday foods. The students in attendance ended the session by signing a petition to have better labeling on food containing GMOs and protect our right to know what we are eating. Next, we watched the inspiring documentary about Malala Yousafzai’s advocacy for girl’s education despite the attempt made on her life by the Taliban for speaking out.
Two sessions revolved around media coverage of war and what the UN should do to intervene in those global conflicts. We explored the role of journalism in the responsible reporting of modern conflicts and the panelists compared today’s media with coverage of world conflicts in previous decades. Phyllis Bennis, author and activist on Middle Eastern and UN issues, gave a fascinating analysis of the Syrian Civil War and the role that the international community plays in contributing to the violence. Finally, we held an intimate round-table discussion bringing together both American and international students of all sexual orientations to discuss their experiences and our goals for greater acceptance as a culture.
All the Globalization Day events gave us a new perspective on what we can do to be civically engaged in the global community. In the words of Malala Yousafzai, “There’s a moment when you have to choose whether to be silent or stand up.”
We appreciate all who helped put Globalization Day together and everyone in the Hofstra community who attended. Our last big event for the Spring 2016 semester will be Earth Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Keep up with the CCE on social media to find out more: CCE Facebook, CCE Twitter.