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This is the final luncheon discussion hosted by the World History Center and the Global Studies Center focused on World History in Turbulent Times. Michael Goodhart, Director of the Pitt Global Studies Center, will lead the discussion on “Reflection on an Epoch of Loss”.
We live in turbulent times. Climate collapse is already displacing populations, even as governments and corporations continue to support the burning of biomass and fossil fuels. Democracy and self-determination are under attack around the world.
Fortunately, in every place where authoritarianism is on the rise, and in every instance where hope seems to recede, people are fighting back. When they do so, they often appeal to the past to condemn the injustices of the present. Indigenous people reference ancestral land claims, climate refugees brandish images of historical landscapes, democracy activists cite founding documents, advocates for reparations for the descendants of enslaved people calculate the economic cost of ancestral toil and dispossession.
Our fall luncheon series is a series of conversations inspired by these observations and prompted by the following question: How can insights from world history support activism in the world that we inhabit today?