September 24-29, 2018
Our Changing Climates: Everybody's Business

Our planet is full of surprises – from the breathtaking beauty of diverse landscapes and species to incredible human cultural variation and stories of resilience.  Our planet is also full of things that jeopardize the very existence of that beauty, those variations, and, importantly, our possibilities for resilience.

We find ourselves in the midst of monumental changes – social, political, and environmental.  A first step in coping successfully with these changes is to acknowledge our universal interconnectedness.  The 2018 International Week theme, “Our Changing Climates: Everybody’s Business,” reminds us to look both at ourselves and beyond ourselves and challenges us to consider how we can ensure cooperation and collaboration in our interconnected world.

Our changing climates hold both promise and peril.  From shifting sea levels to shifting chains of production to shifting personal perspectives, we are all engaged in changing our climates.  What do you want our collective story to be? How can we write it?

Join the Center for Global Engagement as we explore the history and possible futures of our many changing climates.

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.

– Chief Seattle, 1855

Did You Know:
  • The Harrisonburg community is one of the most diverse areas in this region: one of 33 Church World Service Refugee Resettlement sites (and one of the sites with the highest rate of refugee resettlement per capita) and one of the most diverse school systems in Virginia (56 languages represented and with more than half of students have a language other than English spoken at home). 
  • More JMU students participate in study abroad than most of our peers (#1 for total number of students studying abroad on short-term programs) with 1,380+ students studying in 55+ different countries each year.
Our international student body has been increasing steadily over the past 5 years and continues to grow. Right now at JMU we have international students representing 75 countries. 

The Center for Global Engagement is committed to supporting and further encouraging cross-cultural learning and collaboration. Given our 2018 theme of “Our Changing Climates: Everybody's Business,” we invite proposals for creative opportunities to reach this goal – presentations, panels, workshops, performances, readings, and more.  

Submit Proposal - Due March 15, 2018
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