Global Society Cluster

For academic year 2022-2023. 

Conflict & Connection in a Global World

This year’s Global Society cluster will explore the theme of “Conflict & Connection” from multiple perspectives and approaches, including creative writing, film, history, literature, theater and visual art. Together, we will examine how humans connect across differences, and how communities across the globe deal with personal, political and social conflicts. Our seminars will explore works by writers, artists, filmmakers, historians and scholars from a range of geographical regions, including the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Global Society seminars will explore a variety of intersecting topics: the experiences of migrants, refugees and diasporic communities; filmic and theatrical representations of global cultures; local and international art as political and social practice; the search for meaning through the exploration of spirituality, emotions, feelings, self-denial and isolation in different world cultures; and the construction of human identity through visual and literary narratives across the globe. Cluster co-curricular activities will encourage building new perspectives through dialogue and active listening, as we reflect on our shared responsibilities as global citizens. Students in the Global Society cluster will also have opportunities to explore local cultural institutions and organizations in the area.