Monday, September 29, 2008

Blog Release:Globalization Youngstown

The seminar is slated for today, so I'm probably too late with my alert:

A group of East High School students will have an opportunity to discuss education with a group of young leaders from Asian and Pacific Rim countries.

The 18th New Generation Seminar, sponsored by The East-West Center, will be in Youngstown on Monday and will meet with seven selected students at East as the group explores “The Politics of Globalization.”

The seminar is made up of leaders age 20-30 from Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States. Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams is one of the 17 panelists.

Seminar participants explore the perceptions, politics and realities of the impact of globalization in the United States and how election-year politics affect popular opinion, shape globalization debates and influence national policies.

Participants will examine these issues firstand in a visit to Youngstown, a Rust-Belt manufacturing town that is emblematic of the economic, political, social and cultural challenges posed by the global economy.

The East-West Center is an education and research organization created by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific and the United States.

Each year the East-West Center invites rising young leaders from the United States and Asia Pacific to participate in The New Generation Seminar, a two-week intensive educational, dialogue and study-tour travel program that provides participants with an opportunity to strengthen their understanding of Asia Pacific — U.S. developments and challenges, build a regional network and to become leaders with a more international perspective.

The first week of the program is in Hawaii, and the second involves field travel to either the United States or Asia Pacific for exploration of the program theme.

This year, the group is traveling to Youngstown, Cleveland and Washington, D.C.

The first New Generation Seminar was in 1988, and since then a total of 262 participants from 24 Asia Pacific countries and the United States have participated in 17 seminars.

In addition to Williams, this year’s U.S. participants are William Campos, legislator, Prince George’s County Council, College Park, Md.; Joseph Earl Dorman, Oklahoma state representative and assistant Democratic floor leader; and Timothy Keith Moore, North Carolina state representative.

I wanted to post the above article for my own reference. I think Youngstown is in a unique position to require its students to learn about global civics and globalization.

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