Nov. 11: Citizenship in age of globalization topic of talk


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9:23 a.m., Nov. 9, 2010----Farhang Rajaee, professor of political science and humanities and director of the College of the Humanities at Carleton University in Canada, will discuss “Loyalty and Citizenship in the Age of One Civilization/Many Cultures” from 4-5:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, in Room 103 of Gore Hall.

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The talk is part of the Thursday afternoon speaker series Imagining Global Citizenship that is sponsored by the Area Studies Programs at the University of Delaware.

Rajaee specializes in political theory and non-Western traditions, particularly modern political thought in Islam. His research concentrates on identity and the human condition through an understanding of the political, in both Western and non-Western traditions.

He will explore the demands of loyalty on the citizen at the age of globalization when humanity is included in the information civilization.

The lecture is free and open to UD faculty, students, and public.

The remaining lectures in the series are:

Nov. 18 -- “Western Rights and Eastern Values? Defining the 'Human' in Human Rights?” Darryl Flaherty is assistant professor of history and a member of the Asian Studies Program. He specializes in Japanese history and East Asian social and political history, from the 19th century to the present. With a bachelor's degree from the history program at Johns Hopkins University, he received doctorate from Columbia University in 2001. His current work focuses on the emergence of modern law in Japan and associations of lawyers in modern Japanese politics. Other research interests include questions of law and social change in Japan, U.S. military bases in East Asia, and how public spaces express ideology.

Dec. 2 -- Masjaliza Hamzah, social activist and program manager of the research and publications unit at Sisters in Islam (SIS), a nongovernmental Muslim professional women's group in Malaysia whose advocacy efforts support “the rights of Muslim women based on the principles of equality, justice and freedom enjoined by the Qur'an.” Prior to that, Hamazah was a journalist for 10 years with a Malaysian daily.