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Drexel Global Passport Series (GPS)

Global Passport Series

The annual Drexel Global Passport Series (GPS), organized by the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages, seeks to facilitate global conversations at Drexel and in Philadelphia to ensure rich student engagement and build strong partnerships with local communities and organizations.

WASTE: The 13th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges

February 27, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center
3210 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Some of the biggest global challenges that we face today, such as climate change, security, migration, access to healthy food and clean water, education, infrastructure, healthcare and community engagement are being approached with sustainable solutions and creative technologies to reduce waste. With increasing global interdependence we need to tackle these challenges both locally and globally and from a variety of different perspectives – scientific, economic, political, social, and cultural. With this is mind, Drexel University's Office of Global Engagement’s 13h Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges will have the theme of WASTE. The conference offers undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to share their work, discuss, and reflect on how creativity and innovation shape our society today from all disciplines.

Past Events

Date Title
October 29, 2019 Activism and China Today

Focus:
Hong Kong protests, and Uyghur activism in diaspora
Guests:
Jacques deLisle, Director, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, UPenn Rushan Abbas Founder and Executive Director of Campaign for Uyghurs
Moderator:
Rebecca Clothey, PhD, Director, Global Studies major and Asian Studies minor at Drexel University.

May 3, 2018 People Forced to Move: Sanctuary Cities, Human Rights & Religious Freedom

Focus:
U.S. policies in relation to refugees, internment, detention, and the role of sanctuary cities, current immigration policies and attitudes within the broader context of human rights and religious freedom
Guests:
Jaideep Singh, PhD, co-founder of SALDEF (Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund)
Miriam Ticktin, PhD, department chair of anthropology, The New School for Social Research
Moderator:
Mimi Sheller, PhD, director, Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University

March 1, 2018 Climate & The Environment: 11th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges

(Organized by Global Engagement)
Focus:
Conference that offered undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to share their research and engage in critical reflection and dialogue on how climate change and the environment is shaping our global context within the diverse disciplines of health, education, science, human rights, medicine, law, media, economics, politics, development and history

November 16, 2017 Migration, Incarceration and Sanctuary: Creative Responses to Injustice and Social Change

Focus:
Detention risks, profiling, potential deportation of immigrants in the United States, undocumented migrants and Dreamers
Guests:
Edgar Endress, George Mason University Courtney Bowles, People's Paper Co-Op Mark Strandquist, Performing Statistics
Moderator:
Mary Ebeling, PhD, Director, Women's and Gender Studies, Associate Professor of Sociology, Drexel University

May 11, 2017 The Rise of Global Extremism and the Rights of Religious Minorities

Focus:
The rise of global extremism and attacks on Muslim, Sikh, and Jewish persons and communities
Guests:
Simran Jeet Singh, PhD, Assistant Professor, Trinity College Sangay Mishra, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Drew University
Moderator:
Debjani Bhattacharyya, PhD, Assistant Professor, Drexel University