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April 16, 2009

Students attend Globalization Forum


What does the world think of America?  This question was on the minds of the 40 plus students who attended a screening of the documentary film The Listening Project as part of the Globalization Forum sponsored by SHADE and Cowley’s AQIP 7 committee on April 14 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room. 

Students viewed the film and then participated in a question and answer session facilitated by Social Science instructor, Chris Mayer. The primary purpose of the forum was to broaden attendees’ perspectives on globalization and the ways the United States is perceived in other parts of the world. 

Event coordinators said participant response to the forum was overwhelmingly positive. “From the feedback I’ve received from my students, many eyes were opened to the interconnectivity of the global community,” Mayer said. “Many of them have said that as a result of seeing the film, they now feel a much larger sense of place, a feeling of being a citizen in the world.”

ACES Coordinator, Michelle Knoles, said her students enjoyed the film and the experience of viewing it in a small setting where they could ask questions and make comments.

“I thought the students who participated made some good points and were very astute in their observations” Knoles said.  

The Listening Project film is currently available for check-out through Cowley’s Renn Memorial Library. Those interested in more information on the Listening Project itself may contact the film makers at