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January 2011

Luce Project on Religion in Global Civil Society:
2011 Regional Workshop

Jan 15, 2011

The goal of the workshop, as with the last one, will be to examine the region as a whole and to highlight the unique situations of individual countries and to the extent possible as many of the various religious influences present within each country. 
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May 2010

Workshop on Revisiting Microcredit/Microfinance as a Development Strategy for Inclusive Growth: A Global Perspective

May 28, 2010

The workshop will focus on research in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean, concerning issues and problems of microfinance in the context of the current global social and economic climate.
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April 2010

Global Studies Consortium Meeting

April 24-25, 2010

The Global Studies Consortium is the outcome of a February 2007 meeting at UC Santa Barbara of graduate Global Studies programs from universities in Europe, East Asia, and the United States. Since then we have held formal meetings in Tokyo in 2008 and in Leipzig in 2009. The 2010 meeting will again be held at UC Santa Barbara.
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Global Studies in the University of California System:
Considering the Global South?

April 23, 2010

This one-day workshop brings together representatives of academic units and research centers in the University of California system that are dedicated to global and transnational studies. The mini-conference has two purposes—networking and exploring the inclusion of issues related to the global South in research and teaching.
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January 2010

Luce Project on Religion in Global Civil Society
The Role of Religion in Global Civil Society:
A Latin America/Caribbean Focus

January 16, 2010

This workshop will bring together academics with expertise in Latin America and/or the Caribbean with practitioners from international NGOs working in the region to discuss the role that religion plays in civil society within this regional context. The goal of the workshop will be to focus on the region as a whole and to highlight the unique situations of individual countries. The workshop will provide an opportunity for in depth examination of current trends in the role of religion in Latin American/Caribbean politics as well as how religion factors into the current practices of international NGOs working in the region. Practitioners will share their experiences as they relate to the role religion plays in facilitating or hindering the delivery of humanitarian services. Academics will present current research and perspectives that can illuminate the influence of religion in the Latin American region.
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May 2009


Luce Project on Religion in Global Civil Society
Networking Workshop

May 2, 2009

Bringing together representatives from other international affairs programs that provide international NGO leadership training, the goal of this meeting is to begin networking contacts and institutions in advance of the regional workshops scheduled for later phases of this three-year, Luce Foundation-funded project.
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May 2008


April - June 2008

UN University: “The World in 2030” Project Planning

The 2030 Project on Global Prospects (tentative title) seeks to consider future challenges, aspirations, and adjustments with an eye to both current trends and the intrusion of unanticipated contingencies, taking into consideration alternative lines of plausible future development (‘scenarios’). Such an effort will enlist outstanding scholars and thinkers who are representative of the world’s civilizations (including those of indigenous peoples) to offer diverse interpretations of what it is reasonable to expect and to hope for by the year 2030. The year 2030 is selected to strike a balance between being too preoccupied with immediate realities and looking so far into the future as to become detached from present realities. A main intention is to produce a publishable series of multi-disciplinary interpretations that are expressive of differences in cultural perspective, policy priority, and empirical assessment rather than to construct a single blueprint of the future of world order. A special effort will be made to involve younger scholars, including graduate students, with a realization that a viable future will be the work of today’s youth.


Winter - Spring 2008

UC Reads 2008: Globalization

UCSB has chosen the theme of globalization as the topic for its annual UC Reads program, jointly organized by UCSB's Davidson Library and the Santa Barbara Public Library District. This year's selected book is Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli of Georgetown University (Wiley & Sons, 2006).

The program kicks off in January and will involve numerous campus units, including UCSB Global & International Studies, in organizing a series of public events at UCSB and across greater Santa Barbara.

Stay tuned here and at the UCSB Reads Library home page for specific announcements.


January 2008

Luce Workshop on Religion and NGOs

On January 18-19, 2008, we will hold a one-day closed workshop on issues of religion in international affairs that relate to international NGOs, with funding support from the Henry Luce Foundation. Half of the participants will be scholars and half will be leaders in the international NGO community. The point of the workshop is to identify some of the relevant religion-specific factors surrounding issues of cultural conflict and sensitivity that confront all humanitarian organizations working abroad. A post-workshop compilation of all the materials collected and discussed at the meeting will be circulated among participants inviting them to make final revisions and comments; from this material a summary report will be circulated to participants, and be published online and in CD-ROM format as a practical guide.



April 2007

Legality and Legitimacy in the International Order

April 27 - 28, 2007

The Orfalea Center will host an international conference at UCSB co-sponsored and jointly funded by the United Nations University. Prof. Richard Falk of the Global & International Studies program will coordinate the conference and edit the conference proceedings for publication.  (details forthcoming)

February 2007

Seminar with EU Erasmus Mundus Global Studies Program

The Orfalea Center will host a meeting at UCSB with representatives from the European Union Global Studies Consortium (Erasmus Mundus) for the purpose of exchanging ideas about global studies as a field of interdisciplinary studies. (details forthcoming)


November 2006

Governance and Accountability in International NGOs

November 10 - 11, 2006

Exploring new directions in the study of global civil society and the role of international non-governmental organizations, this conference, to be held at UCSB and hosted by the Orfalea Center, is being organized in collaboration with the New Global History Initiative based at MIT and Harvard. In addition, it will be joined by faculty affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Global Governance based at the London School of Economics.

The purpose of the conference is to convene the leading scholars in fields related to the governance of NGOs in order to illuminate the subject from various angles. Papers will cover the internal governance of NGOs and their relations with local, national, international, and trans-national agencies and authorities.

Database meeting: “Mapping the Global NGOs”
The day before the November NGO conference, a group of international scholars working on data sets relating to the globalization of NGOs will meet at UCSB, hosted by the Orfalea Center. Core participants include scholars affiliated with LSE’s Centre for the Study of Global Governance and other international researchers.



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