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Global Understanding

To be “globally competitive” in the 21st century requires global understanding — that is to say a thorough understanding of developments around the world, and of the way local experiences are impacted by broader global patterns.

A critical mass of faculty researchers at Kent State University are engaged in research focused on such understanding both within and across disciplinary boundaries.

The goal of the university’s Global Understanding Research Initiative is to foster new interdisciplinary collaborations, with a particular focus on research that spans not only disciplinary boundaries but geographic boundaries as well.

Representative existing programs/ areas of research strength that reside within the scope of the Global Understanding initiative include intergroup relations; social, national, and cultural identities; intercultural communication and relations; conflict mitigation; global development and sustainability; the role of and controls on the media in a global information society; group marginalization; and issues related to refugee crises and mass movements of people.

The GURI will bring together faculty in the arts, sciences, humanities and communication who are conducting research in global contexts – including transnational, intergroup and intercultural contexts – to collaborate on projects that transcend disciplinary and geographic boundaries.

Such research is necessary in an era marked by globalization, the ubiquity of communication technologies connecting diverse populations, and the growing movement of people across national borders. The global understanding initiative will seek to stimulate interdisciplinary collaborations focused on solutions to problems of global concern.

Dr. Paul Haridakis &
Dr. Françoise Messardier-Kenney,
Directors

Cutting Edge Archaeology

Cutting Edge Archaeology

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, the classic first film of the Indiana Jones franchise, Harrison Ford’s legendary character steals a Peruvian idol and makes a daring escape as angry natives launch spears and arrows at him.

Metin Eren, Director of Archaeology and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, might well have stayed to ask the “Hovito” people how they shaped the rocks they used for their spearheads, and why they shaped them that way.

Fashion Meets Psychology

Fashion Meets Psychology

Clothing is an essential part of living. If nothing else, it keeps us warm and modest. But these days, it’s not just about keeping yourself covered up — it’s what kind of covering you’re sporting; the material, the style, and perhaps above all, the name.

Information Science Professor Leads Effort To Digitize Afghani Archives

Information Science Professor Leads Effort To Digitize Afghani Archives

In April 2016, Kent State School of Library and Information Science Assistant Professor Dr. Emad Khazraee, began a three- to five-year project to help Afghanistan build the systems to support a digital repository to preserve its national archives.

Kent State Economist Challenges Benefits of Federal Worker Assistance Program

Kent State Economist Challenges Benefits of Federal Worker Assistance Program

President Donald Trump has already nullified the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and said he’ll target other international trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for dramatic alterations or elimination.

New School of Peace and Conflict Studies

New School of Peace and Conflict Studies

Since the shootings of May 4, 1970, when the Ohio National Guard killed four and wounded nine Kent State students during a protest against the U.S. war in Vietnam and Cambodia, Kent State University has been a global leader in facilitating positive institutional responses to violent conflict. In August, Kent State University's Center for Applied Conflict Management (CACM) became the School of Peace and Conflict Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences. The School’s predecessor organization was founded in 1971 as Kent State University's original "living memorial" to the students killed on May 4, 1970.