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Globalization, Poverty, and Development

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  • Poverty and those living in impoverished situations are frequent subjects of heated debate. This lecture series explores the theme of human flourishing as it is related to poverty, globalization, and the Church in the developed world. The series begins by introducing a theological framework for thinking about globalization. The following three sessions apply this Christian framework to discussions of human flourishing in the larger context of entrepreneurship, stewardship, and trade.

  • Lecture 1: Theology of Globalization

    Identifies key theological principles through which to consider globalization, and contextualizes globalization as a historical phenomenon.

    Lecturer: Dr. Samuel Gregg

    Date and Time: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 6:30-7:30pm EST (45 min lecture, 15 min Q&A)

  • Lecture 2: Development, Microfinance and Foreign Direct Investment

    Development Aid continues to be promoted as a key element to help alleviate poverty in the developing world yet critics increasingly point out that it has not been as effective as was hoped.  Foreign Direct Investment is both praised as creating opportunity and criticized as exploitative while microfinance is a model that many are embracing as a way to provide development with dignity.  This course will examine the these topics from economic, moral and theological vantage points with the goal of separating the reality from the rhetoric so to better understand these highly debated topics.

    Lecturer: Anielka Munkel

    Date and Time: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 6:30-7:30pm EST (45 min lecture, 15 min Q&A)

  • Lecture 3: Breaking Dependency: Moving From Aid Toward Effective Stewardship

    As the debate rages over the real impact and consequences of government aid to end the war on poverty, quietly an unintended ecclesiastical welfare system relegates the emerging Church around the world to a mindset of poverty.  Western funding remains the financial fuel that powers the engine of the growth of the Church around the world.  For all the good that is done in the name of missions, at what point does Western funding hurt more than it helps? What are the systemic issues that must be addressed to move from aid toward effective stewardship?

    Lecturer: Brett Elder

    Date and Time: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 6:30-7:30pm EST (45 min lecture, 15 min Q&A)

  • Lecture 4: Fair Trade vs. Free Trade

    While free trade has been increasingly maligned, the Fair Trade movement has become increasingly popular over the last several years and many see it as a way to help people in the developing world and as a more just alternative to free trade--which many argue creates an unfair advantage that tends to harm the poor. This course will analyze and compare arguments for and against both fair trade and free trade and ask whether 'fair trade' is either more fair or more just than free trade.

    Lecturer: Dr. Victor Claar

    Date and Time: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 6:30-7:30pm EST (45 min lecture, 15 min Q&A)

    Lecture POSTPONED until Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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