Global Classroom

Global Classroom is a collaboration between the World Affairs Council Tacoma, the University of Washington Tacoma's Institute for Global Engagement and the Division of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs. 
The interactive speaker series is intended to explore in-depth issues of global significance and their local implications. These quarterly, moderated conversations will feature leading practitioners and scholars, who will shed light on the complexities of global events and help us understand the influence of these events in the South Sound.

Upcoming Global Classroom Events

    • Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • University Y Student Center, Room 303, 1710 Market Street, Tacoma WA 98402
    • 175

    Understanding Ethnic Conflict at Home and Abroad is the topic of our Fall Quarter Global Classroom. Jointly hosted by UW Tacoma's Institute for Global Engagement (IGE), the SIAS Division of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs (PPPA) and the World Affairs Council Tacoma, Global Classroom is an interactive speaker series on global issues that matter.

    Our panel of scholars brings a wide range of expertise geographically, historically and politically on the nature of ethnic conflict around the world and in Tacoma’s own history. While typically understood as a problem of foreign states and distant places, the panel will help us understand how ethnic conflict relates to our everyday lives and political commitments. What factors produce conflict along ethnic lines? How unique is each ethnic conflict? Can we learn something by comparing ethnic conflicts from different areas of the world? Is ethnicity the best way to understand these conflicts or are other factors creating these situations? How will the recent changes in global politics, particularly the resurgence of nationalism and isolationism in the United States and Europe, affect the future of ethnic conflict? What can the residents of the South Puget Sound do to make ethnic conflict a problem of the past?

    Featuring Speakers:

    Daniel Chirot photo
    Daniel Chirot, PhD
    Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies
    UW Jackson School of International Studies

    Andrew Gomez, PhD
    Assistant Professor of History
    University of Puget Sound
    Yan Jian photo
    Yan Jian, PhD
    Research Fellow, Center for Global Governance Studies
    Central Compilation and Translation Bureau, China
    Visiting Scholar, University of Washington Tacoma


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    Benjamin Meiches, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs Division
    School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
    University of Washington Tacoma

    We encourage you to come prepared with your own questions for our distinguished panel.

    You can download a PDF flyer for this event here - or visit the Facebook event page for this event here.

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