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Oct. 10: Global Communities, Local Transitions: The Promise and Risks of Central Indiana

A discussion of “glocalization” by John Clark

When: Monday 10 October, 7:00 PM

Where: Max Kade Room, The Athenaeum. 401 E. Michigan St. Indianapolis

This is the second of three talks I’ll be giving this fall about “glocalization,” the intersection of global and local processes and pressures. The Nationalities Council — itself comprised of more than 50 ethnic groups — is a great host for the topic. I’ll be talking about the past and future effects of immigration on a wide range of social problems (crime, poverty, education), and pointing to often neglected aspects of social strength that comes from strong and diverse communities. This is open to the public and features an “ethnic food of the month” … no cost, but you might want to get there around 6:45, I am told, before all of the goodies are gobbled. Questions? E-mail Josef Laposa at mpiety1831@earthlink.net

If you like this event, check out … some of the many upcoming events that look at immigration and assimilation. The discussion of “moving and staying in a multiethnic Indianapolis” should be particularly relevant.

My third talk about “glocalization” will deal with local higher education in flat world (to use Tom Friedman’s metaphor for hyper-globalization).

Thomas Barnett also uses the concept of “glocalization” in a different but complementary sense.

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