Institute of World Culture

Theme for 2017
FOSTERING HUMAN FELLOWSHIP THROUGH
GLOBAL CONVERSATIONS AND CREATIVE INNOVATION

Program for 2017

Seminar
Engaging Youth in "Citizen Science"

Saturday, January 14, 2017
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Presenter: Kim Miller

What happens when students actually do science? Something transformative occurs when young people actively work with real-world data relevant to authentic scientific investigations. What are the consequences for the development of the student and the improvement of society?

"Citizen Science" is a movement aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards that features global collaboration among professionals and amateurs, enabling students to collect data under the tutelage of professional researchers far away. This seminar will explore dimensions of various citizen science projects used in the public school system, and how this innovative collaboration fosters imaginative use of physical and mental resources of people all over the world, from all backgrounds, ages, and ethnicities, for the sake of furthering human knowledge and the welfare of all.

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Forum
Gandhi's Correspondence with Tolstoy, Tagore and President Franklin Roosevelt

Franklin Roosevelt Rabindanath Tagore Mahatma Gandhi Leo Tolstoy

Saturday, January 28, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Presenter: James Tepfer

Gandhi's correspondence with inquirers across the globe and over many decades filled close to ninety volumes. Much of his correspondence was aimed at clarifying the meaning and potential application of Truth, non-violence and civil disobedience in a variety of social contexts. In so doing, he frequently addressed critics who posed challenging questions or exposed weaknesses in the theory and application of truth and non-violence. Whatever the issue addressed, Gandhi's letters embodied a spirit of civility and candor that are vital to any future global conversation on compelling political, social and economic problems.

This forum will selectively focus on Gandhi's correspondence with three eminent national leaders: Leo Tolstoy, Rabindranath Tagore and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Gandhi's correspondence with each individual was crucial to the evolution of his theory and practice of truth and non-violence as well as to the eventual independence of India.

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Forum
Conversations at the World Economic Forum at Davos

 

Saturday, February 11, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Presenter: Carolyn Dorrance

Once a year, about 2,500 leaders from business, government, academe, economists, NGOs and the media gather in a small Swiss town to listen, learn about and discuss developments and issues of global significance. Lectures, panel discussions and workshops offer education that busy leaders do not usually have time to acquire. Countless, informal conversations go on in between formal, scheduled sessions. A firm belief in globalization provides a framework for World Economic Forum (WEF) activities.

Originally, 444 executives attended the first conference in 1971, but by 1987, pressure to open up the meetings developed. Women and leaders of NGOs started to receive invitations; talks on sociology, culture and technology were included as conference topics. By 2017, the global influence of Davos talks expanded when 120 sessions were broadcast live via youtube.com, so that a world-wide audience could share in the conference dialogues.

At this Forum in Concord Hall, selections from various panels given at 2017 Davos will be presented. Criticism of the Conference and its defense will be discussed and evaluated. The WEF also sponsors regional conferences, supports research reports and began its life with significant sponsorships of conflict resolution such as a 1992 meeting between then South African President F. W. de Klerk, Nelson Mandela and Zulu Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

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Forum
Human Interactions with Wildlife and the Habitats We Share:
Global Biodiversity on an Urbanizing Planet



Saturday, February 25, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Presenter: Peter Alagona,
Departments of History, Geography and Environmental Science

In this forum, Peter Alagona will discuss his research on the history of human interactions with wildlife and the habitats we share.  In particular, he will focus on American cities, which had little if any charismatic wildlife half-a-century ago, but are now full of it.  From bobcats and coyotes to eagles and egrets, Professor Alagona will explain the remarkable resurgence of wildlife in American cities. He will also discuss the implications of this unprecedented trend for global biodiversity and humankind on our urbanizing planet.

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