Improving Global Studies Through Area Studies: A 21st-Century Rethinking of Globalization

Speakers: Edith W. Clowes (Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures) and Shelly Jarrett Bromberg (Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Miami (OH) University) Turn-of-the-20th-centurybuzzwords like democratization and globalization need to be modified to help us understand the frameworksin which these ideals could benefit ordinary people, not just large companies andgreat power states and unions. Policymakers and the educated public bothneed a more nuanced view of the world that includes local and regional perspectives. Part of this nuanced view is a deeper knowledge of cultures and critical languages, as well as an understanding of the challenges involved in bringing regional experts to the table for discussion. How can area studies help global studies, and how can the Library facilitate that process? This talk will focus on those questions and other issues raised by the authors' co-edited volumeArea Studies in the Global Age: Community, Place, Identity(Northern Illinois University Press, 2015).