Citizens of the World: Global Citizenship and U.S. Foreign Relations

Citizens of the World: Global Citizenship and U.S. Foreign Relations

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Thursday, October 12, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


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Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center

 401 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504


The United Nations defines global citizenship as “the umbrella term for the actions of globally minded individuals and communities on a worldwide scale.” Global citizenship at the individual level could look like supporting an international ministry, doing charitable work abroad, or advocating for policy changes to address climate change. But how would a nation guided by the ethic of global citizenship interact with the world? Scholar and author Dr. Christopher McKnight Nichols will moderate a panel discussion with Michigan State University associate professor of history Dr. Emily Conroy-Krutz, director of Grand Valley State University’s International Relations Program Dr. Polly Diven, and founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University Dr. Jeffrey Engel. Their discussion will focus on the merit of global citizenship as a guiding ethic in U.S. foreign policy and answer the question: how do we balance our shared humanity with national interests and security?

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