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Glocal Society Lecture: Dr. Michael Walzer

"Social Justice: Local and Global"
Thursday, September 27, 2012
8 p.m.
Whalley Chapel

Johnstown native Dr. Michael Walzer, one of America’s foremost political thinkers, will explore the issue of social justice and how people can work to achieve it by examining obstacles that are encountered both locally and globally. From the “Little Steel Strike” that affected Johnstown in 1937 to the years following World War II, Dr. Walzer will describe how the nation-state once provided the crucial political space for arguing about social justice and discuss the many things that were accomplished ranging from ending child labor to providing medical care for everyone. He will then pose the question, “Where is the comparable political space in the age of globalization?” and talk about the role of the European Union and non-government organizations (NGOs) that act across international borders.

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Dr. Michael WalzerMichael Walzer

Professor Emeritus of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ. As a professor, author, editor, and lecturer, Michael Walzer has addressed a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy: political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice and the welfare state. His books (among them Just and Unjust Wars, Spheres of Justice, The Company of Critics, Thick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and Abroad, and On Toleration) and essays have played a part in the revival of practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life. Walzer is a Contributing Editor for The New Republic, and co-editor of Dissent, now in its 57th year. His articles and interviews frequently appear in the world’s foremost newspapers and journals. He is currently working on the toleration and accommodation of "difference" in all its forms, and also on the third volume of The Jewish Political Tradition, a comprehensive collaborative project focused on the history of Jewish political thought.

The GLOCAL Society Series, established in 2009, focuses on pressing global and local (GLOCAL) issues of our time. In a world where global and local are increasingly and sometimes vexingly intertwined, the GLOCAL Society Series brings focus on how the pressing global issues of our time are affecting our communities, as well as how the latter can leverage the positive aspects and mitigate the negative features of the processes of globalization. Past speakers in the GLOCAL Society Series have included representatives of the World Health Organization, the American Red Cross International Services, the Peace Corps, and the Honduras-based Project Global Village. The series addresses topics including, but not limited to:

  • global economic conditions and international development,
  • international conflict, violence, terrorism and intercultural strife,
  • sustainability, global resources, energy and environmental governance,
  • population, migration and international refugees,
  • world religions,
  • human rights and the protection of vulnerable persons,
  • international trade,
  • technology and globalization, and
  • other international political and economic issues.

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