Workshops Archive

Global Tourism, Spring 2015: expertise of Dr. Laura Hernandez-Ehrisman

Global Health, Fall 2014: expertise of Dr. Holly Carter

Water Mediation, Spring 2014: expertise of Professor Charles Porter
This workshop focused on transboundary aquifer mediations. Students engaged in mediations to try to find socially just solutions to issues pertaining to international groundwater and transboundary aquifer disputes. Students left the workshop with materials pertaining to a particular region and the dispute in that region and the social justice implications. Everyone participated in a moot mediation and subjected their solutions to reality testing with a focus on the social justice of the solutions for all parties. 

Human Trafficking, Fall 2013: expertise of Professor Kay Burrough
Students learned about the nature and consequences of contemporary human trafficking [modern slavery] as well as the global nature of and universal commonalities of human trafficking: including how it fits into networks of international trade. Students analyzed the conditions that make some people and societies vulnerable to being trafficked and what induces some people and societies to engage in trafficking. Students also recognized the social justice tensions between universal human rights and cultural differences. They applied their knowledge of traffickers and those who are trafficked to consider solutions that are just, viable, and culturally appropriate.

Crisis and Sustainability: Life After The Zombies,Spring 2013: expertise of Dr. Grant Potts
In this workshop, students were asked to use a series of highly speculative scenarios (based on the fictive idea of a Zombie Apocalypse) to explore the dynamics by which individuals, collectives, and institutions might respond to a major crisis. In the process, they examined the moral implications and the social justice and sustainability dimensions of decisions made in response to crises. They appreciated the constraints and consequences of decisions made during a period of crisis. Special emphasis was given to exploring cultural, social, political, organizational, and/or economic factors shape both crises and responses to crises.

Global Health, Fall 2012: expertise of Dr. Rebecca Brady
Students actively engaged in learning about different global health challenges, such as cholera and HIV/AIDS, and the social justice implications of the current global health situation and proposed solutions. They analyzed different means by which to improve global health and considered the political, cultural, and economic implications of proposed solutions.

Children and the Millennium Development Goals, Spring 2012: expertise of Professor Kay Burrough
This workshop was centered around the UN Declaration on Children's Rights and the Millennium Development Goals and how children are affected by them. Students actively engaged in learning about the goals and the cultural and religious implications for the definition and experience of childhood in Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the United States. They analyzed and prioritized development goals based on what they learned about the needs of one of the areas and critically addressed the challenge of distributing limited budgets to try to affect meaningful change.

Global Water Works: Mediated Solutions in River Basins, Fall 2011: expertise of Professor Charles Porter
We examined the transboundary conflicts associated with eight water systems around the world.  Interns served as mediators as students move through the alternate dispute resolution process of mediation, which is the typical way that water conflicts are negotiated globally.  The mediated solutions were subjected to reality tests—will the solutions work?  The solutions were tested against their feasibility in the private sector, with regard to questions of human rights, and the degree to which they meet the standards of international organizations such as the World Bank.

Food Justice, Spring 2011: expertise of Dr. Lidia Marte
The workshop for Spring 2011 focused on the issues of food justice globally.  We challenged students to consider the current global food crisis and to consider the social justice implications as they evaluate solutions.

Human Trafficking, Fall 2010: expertise of Kay Burrough
This workshop focused on the fastest growing global criminal activity, human trafficking and modern slavery.  We introduced students to the legal concepts and gave them a broad introduction to the problem.  We challenged students to understand the vulnerabilities that make people more likely to become victims of this crime, both globally and locally. 

Free/Fairer Trade, Spring 2010: expertise of Dr. Keith Ward
This workshop addressed the complex issues of world trade by examining the cotton and t-shirt trades from two perspectives – trade in the current trade environment and trade according to the principles of fair trade. 

Water for Life, Fall 2009: expertise of Charles Porter
This workshop addressed the complex questions of who controls access to water, who benefits from available water resources, what factors impact the availability of water resources, among others.