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Conference: Global Citizenship and Friendship

This mini-conference draws together local scholars, students, and professionals to discuss and engage-from interdisciplinary perspectives-the concerns and ideas of global citizenship.

Date: March 16, 2018 - March 16, 2018
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Golisano Gateway Midlevel

The March mini conference will explore friendship, asking a number of questions, including: How important is friendship on both local and global levels? Is it prerequisite to a functional society, or only a luxury to be experienced on a personal level? What are the bounds or stages of friendship? To what degree can friendship overcome significant social and political tensions? What about friendship is changing as our society becomes increasingly more interconnected and globalized? What about friendship relates to  global citizenship and why?

Presentations are 12 minutes each and are designed to foster discussion and collaboration.

Conference Agenda:

2:30 p.m. Panel 1: Keynote Lecture and Discussion
Friendship and Happiness: And the Connection between the Two, Tim Madigan
Discussant in the Context of Collaborative Circles, Mike Farrell

3:20 p.m. Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. Panel 2: Ethics and Responsibilities of Citizenship and Friendship
Friendship and Education: Toward Better Relationships, Rob Ruehl
Global Friendship: Are We Our Brother's Keeper?, Linda MacCammon
The Rhetoric of Friendship for Global Citizens, Jim Bowman

4:10 p.m. Panel 2 Discussion Led by David Bell

4:20 p.m. Warm Hors D'Oeuvres

4:40 p.m. Panel 3: Professionalizing Ideas of Friendship and Global Citizenship
Strengthening Global Friendship through a Siblings Mentoring Program in Lima, Peru, Mallory Knapp, Morgan Mastin, and Mindy Lull
The Role of Global Interpersonal Networks in Nuclear Policymaking Transference and Adoption, Marissa Sonnis-Bell
My Neighbor, My Friend: Refugee Resettlement in Northwest Rochester, New York, Pat Tweet and Erin Turpin, Mary Grace Shine

5:20 p.m. Panel 3 Discussion Led by Rob Ruehl

5:30 p.m. Coffee Break

5:40 p.m. Panel 4: A Critical Look at Global Citizenship
Global Citizenship: A Capitalist Version of Communist Idealism?, Kera Turner
American Citizenship vs. Global Citizenship: At Growing Odds?, Isabela Leech
A New Era for Global Citizenship: Defining Limits to Toleration amid Subversion Politics and Prejudice of #MyBordersMyChoice, David Bell

6:20 p.m. Panel 4 Discussion led by David Baronov

For more information, email Dr. David Bell, assistant professor of anthropology, at

Organized by:

This conference is organized by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology