News: COVID-19 makes ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’ more than a check-box exercise
Posted May 26, 2020
Anna Stenport, Chair and Professor of the School of Modern Languages and co-Director of the Atlanta Global Studies Center, and Sebnem Ozkan, Associate Director of the Atlanta Global Studies Center, were featured in the Saporta Report for their article "COVID-19 makes ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’ more than a check-box exercise."
"Now is the time for universities to renew their commitments to preparing global citizens and serving the global public good. The pandemic has made the old opposition between local and global obsolete. This heightens the importance of global learning as a core mission of higher education. This is especially true in metro Atlanta, known for its international connectivity and strength of globally oriented business and residents."
"Arguing for a more ambitious global agenda and connectivity might sound counterintuitive given the current situation – a time when social distancing is prescribed as the key to containing the virus. We contend that reinvigorating academia’s commitment to relating to the world beyond its diminishing borders cannot be more urgent. A focus on sustainable development – cultural, economic, environmental, and equitable – should undergird that commitment."
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