Globalization and Cultural Identity
Teacher Training Seminar
Friday, March 3, 2006 to Saturday, March 4, 2006
Amerika Haus, Hardenbergstrasse 22 – 24, 10623 Berlin
While global trends in economics and politics are converging, cultural, religious and social differences seem to be widening. Globalization and the revolution in communications technology bring people together, but also cause fears about loss of cultural identity and an Americanization of the world; simultaneously, literature, film, theatre, art, and dance productions often create a sense of belonging to a specific national, regional, or ethnic zone. How does a multicultural society like the United States negotiate the costs and benefits of globalization? How can the nation-state integrate the multiplicity of voices, beliefs, and lifestyles? How can educators prepare students – regardless of their national origin or cultural upbringing – to master the challenges of globalization? What specific skills are necessary to understand and to contribute to a globalizing world?
The seminar explores these issues from political, economic, and cultural points of view; in addition, a reading as well as a film screening demonstrate how cultural products can be utilized as materials for teaching on globalization.
Friday, March 3:
Check-in (ID required)
Welcome by Dr. Roy S. Weatherston, Deputy Cultural Attache
15:15 – 16:15
Opening lecture and discussion with Darrell West:
"Globalization and its Discontents: The Future Meets the Past”
16:30 – 17:30
"The Economic Side of Globalization: The Actors and Victims - Winner and Losers"
Joellen Perry, journalist & Fulbright scholar
Debra Earling: Reading from Perma Red
Film-screening of “Brazil”, Terry Gilliam, 1985
This Anglo-American film is a case study in the conundrum of global control, the state, the corporation, and individual identity. Introduction by John Dean
Saturday, March 4:
Check-in (ID required)
9:30 - 10:30
Darrell West: "Religion and Globalization"
Lecture and discussion
10:30 – 11:00
11:30 – 12:30
John Dean: "Brazil" - Globalization and Individualism
12:30 – 14:30
Lunch in the neighborhood
14:30 – 16:30
I) Debra Earling: "Cultural Identity and Native Americans"
II) Darrell West "How Globalization Affects You"
III) John Dean: How to teach "Brazil"
IV) Joellen Perry: "The Economic Mechanisms of Globalization"
16:30 – 17:00
17:00 – 18:00
Panel discussion with faculty: Curriculum for a Global World