• 2014
    Why Global Health Matters
    Sufficient calories are produced every year to feed the world, so why are a billion people (1 in 7) hungry? Global food prices have been rising since 2000, increasing by 50% in 2007–2008 alone. Hunger, or food insecurity, is pressing in the developing world and in parts of the U.S.
  • 2013
    How Do We Feed the World Sustainably?
    Sufficient calories are produced every year to feed the world, so why are a billion people (1 in 7) hungry? Global food prices have been rising since 2000, increasing by 50% in 2007–2008 alone. Hunger, or food insecurity, is pressing in the developing world and in parts of the U.S.
  • 2012
    Will Democracy Survive?
    It’s a widely affirmed ideal, but is democracy possible in today’s world? Or will economic realities, historic cultural clashes, terrorism and other crises overwhelm democratic initiatives? What are democracy’s costs and benefits?
  • 2011
    Human Rights in the 21st Century
    In the mid-20th century, after some of the most appalling acts of cruelty and slaughter in human history, political leaders, intellectuals, and activists around the world responded not with despair, but with acts of grace, courage, and self-sacrifice that continue to inspire. Out of this combination of anguish and hope, the contemporary human rights movement was born. By studying the human rights movement from multiple perspectives—philosophy, the arts, law, the social sciences—we will seek to answer the question that continues to drive human rights workers around the globe and in our own communities: How can we right the wrongs of the world?
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  • 2010
    Creating Sustainable Futures: Perspectives from Science, Economics, and Culture
    Sustainability is possible in a world of innovation. What do we know about the Earth’s changing climate? What are the economic tradeoffs for reducing our carbon footprints? What are the psychological and cultural barriers we face in re-shaping our societies?
  • 2009
    Islam and the Middle East
    How has geography shaped the political and social landscape of the Middle East? How has the history of Islam determined contemporary realities? What can we learn from contemporary Arabic literature and films about cultures and lives of the people of the Middle East?
  • 2008
    Imigration: Global, Local & Personal Perspectives
    Immigration is an international phenomenon with local implications, a public policy juggernaut complicated by our personal family histories. It is a hotly debated topic and an unavoidable component of public policy today. The consequences of immigration patterns affect our schools, our business communities, and public safety officials. How do we make sense of this? What is our role as global citizens?
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