“The very existence of the state and its borders is relatively new in human history,” says Davison. She continues by explaining how the first era of globalization tens of thousands of years ago when nomadic people spread out from Africa and Mesopotamia around the world, they carried their culture with them as opposed to being on the receiving end of new culture.
“These people were in control of their destiny, but since the 1700s, the states have controlled globalization,” says Davison, “and often the countries of the world pick and choose what kind of globalization they want.”
They’ll participate in free trade, for example, but not the Paris Accord, or they’ll invest monies abroad but don’t want to take workers abroad, etc. She asks the students to consider these differing interpretations of what the national interest is in a global world as well as to analyze what globalization means ethically.
Tatiana Fagen ’21 was quite convincing in her role as President of the United States, presiding with strong leadership while also encouraging collaboration.
Secretary of defense Elise Bakker expressed her interests in global warming and how rising water levels are affecting naval bases around the world.