About the Global Issues Symposium
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In 2016, Oberlin College launched the Global Issues Symposium, designed to bring renowned scholars, policy practitioners and activists to campus to discuss crucial transnational issues with the college and community. Each year features a specific transnational issue, and brings a cohort of speakers from diverse backgrounds to offer equitable representation in dialogues needed to address the most pressing issues of our times.
The symposium series is organized by the International Studies Concentration, and funded through a generous donation from the Isenberg Family Charitable Foundation.
Global Issues Symposia will be held over four years, and constitute a significant starting initiative for a larger Global Scholars Program envisioned to expand student learning beyond the existing curriculum of the International Studies Concentration.
About the International Studies Concentration
The International Studies Concentration (now the International Affairs Integrative Concentration) prepares students for careers and pursuits spanning national boundaries. It is grounded in the social sciences and focused on contemporary issues to help students develop an understanding of the current dominant modes of international interactions, and the global nature and consequences of those interactions.
Interested students may select International Studies as a concentration within their liberal arts education. The concentration complements many academic majors, building students’ capacities to apply disciplinary knowledge from their major to the challenges of the globalized world.
For the concentration, students choose from more than 100 courses across the Oberlin curriculum on the world’s cultures, regional interactions, and international dynamics, in addition to core politics and economics classes. We expect majors to attain at least a second year of non-English language proficiency.