Lyceum Lectures

Sandy Hartwiger, Fall Lyceum Speaker

Monday, September 14, 2020

Rethinking the Global Citizen at FSU

View the Lyceum Lecture recording here

Toward the end of Framingham State’s Mission Statement, there is a significant but underexamined phrase, “global citizen.” FSU purports to cultivate “thoughtful, responsible local and global citizens,” but what does that mean in practice? Sandy will take up this question in the first half of his Lyceum talk in order to engage with the concept of global citizenship within the context of higher education, particularly at FSU, before moving into a discussion of the ways in which contemporary world literature pushes the boundaries of the idea of global citizenship to reimagine the concept outside of the context of neoliberal globalization.

With the demands for global competencies increasing, especially in the private sector, universities are responding with rhetoric that highlights the cultivation of these global skill sets. Subsequently, this aspirational language incorporated into official university documents has become common place, however, too often there is gap between a university’s vision of what it means to be a global citizen and the realities of day-to-day student learning. Furthermore, when these initiatives are driven by corporate sponsors, the danger increases that the term “global citizen” simply becomes a euphemism for transnational capitalist class.

In this talk, Sandy suggests that the cosmopolitan underpinnings of the notion of global citizenship adopted by many institutions of higher education frequently reproduce a troubling dynamic between those who are cultivated to feel at home in the world and those who are cast adrift in an unwelcoming global public sphere. He will turn to contemporary world literature as a space to work through these contrasting global identities. More specifically, Sandy moves away from the celebratory narratives of globalization and global citizenship embodied by Thomas Friedman’s naïve notion of the world being “flat” to examine the stratification of global spaces and the spectral populations that haunt these locations.

Lyceum Lecture Proposals

In an effort to highlight sabbatical activities, faculty research, and teaching interests, CELTSS is proud to sponsor the Lyceum Lecture series. The FSU Lyceum continues a distinguished tradition:

  • In 1862 Josiah Holbrook, an educational reformer, established the first American Lyceum in Millbury, MA, named after the Lyceum of Aristotle in ancient Greece. Holbrook invited local people to organize a society to prepare papers on “useful” subjects such as science, history and literature, and lecture to friends and neighbors on a weekly basis during the winter months.
  • The basic goals of the Lyceum remain intact: to impart scientific and humanistic knowledge deemed vital to the moral and intellectual improvement of the individual and the community.

In AY 2020-2021, one speaker will be chosen for this event and will be presented with a stipend of $250.

Lyceum speakers provide dynamic, engaging presentations of their work and research interests at a level suitable for a general audience that may include Board of Trustee and Foundation Board members. Lyceum events inform our trustees about the value of sabbaticals and funding for research and teaching innovation.  

In September 2020, we will invite applications from faculty members who have completed sabbatical activities, received CELTSS funding, and/or participated in ongoing CELTSS workshops that have promoted their professional development. Preference will be given to speakers with recent sabbaticals and/or major scholarly developments.

If you are interested in applying for consideration, we will ask you to submit your Lyceum Application no later than Friday, October 16, 2020. Items included in Lyceum application:

1. A brief autobiographical sketch and c.v.
2. A 500 word abstract of your work and proposed lecture, which includes:
  a. Description of your project
  b. Description of how the sabbatical experience enabled you to complete this work, if applicable
  c. Description of the benefit of this experience to your academic career and/or institution

The committee will notify all applicants after the selection process is completed.

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