Download selected readings by Kris Olds including:
- Cultures on the Brink: Reengineering the Soul of Capitalism - On a Global Scale
- Researching Transnational Networks
- Global Ideas: How Ideas, Objects and Practices Travel in the Global Economy
- UW-Madison profile on Kris Olds
- Global Higher Education Resources
- GlobalHigherEd blog, co-authored by Kris Olds
Access streaming video clip of the keynote talk
Global Studies at Brandeis
- Global Studies Graduate Program
- International and Global Studies Undergraduate Program
- Other international/global/area studies programs
Global Brandeis Symposia
The Global: Implications for Research and the Curriculum
April 8 & 9, 2008
Prof. Arjun Appadurai
The Global: New Knowledge Spaces and Places
November 2 & 3, 2009
Prof. Kris Olds
The Global: Developing an Intercultural Mindset
March 4 & 5, 2010
Prof. Darla Deardorff
The Office of Global Affairs was created in 2007 to enhance collaboration between the Brandeis community and support international activities, programs, research and service. The OGA will build connections between the University's many ongoing activities in the international arena, strengthen the public profile of our global programs, identify new resources for international projects, and develop a strategic vision for "Global Brandeis."
New Knowledge Spaces and Places
University-wide symposium features Professor Kris Olds of University of Wisconsin-Madison
On November 2 and 3, 2009, the Office of Global Affairs hosted a University-wide symposium featuring Professor Kris Olds from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who delivered the keynote lecture: “Cross-Border Higher Education, Authoritarianism, and the Global Governance of Academic Freedom.” The symposium featured the multi-dimensional work of Kris Olds, whose expertise is in global cities, urban planning, and knowledge industries. He earned his PhD (’96) in Human Geography from the University of Bristol-England. His current research primarily focuses on the geographical organization of power in relation to contemporary socio-economic and spatial transformations.
The two-day series of events covered a range of topics on these implications. The program drew attention to the creation of new knowledge “spaces” – both physical and virtual – including global cities, education zones, branch campuses, and other forms of transnational and regional collaboration. This symposium also helped launch the new graduate program in Global Studies. The inaugural matriculating class attended a student and faculty response session to continue discussion of Prof. Olds’ keynote talk. The second session included a group of faculty members from various departments across the University who discussed the connection between institutional configurations and forms of cultural production generated in transnational, diasporic, and global places.
Use the links at the right to access more information about the two-day symposium.
Inaugural Global Studies MA '10 class, Back row: John Clark, Justin Phalichanh, Kayne Ryan, Charles Radin, Nina Kanakarajavelu, Prof. Parmentier, Prof. Rosenberger, Young-seok Kim, Front row: Sarah Knight, Shelani Vanniasinkam, Ashley Borja, Anna Liao, Prof. Olds, Rebecca Gil
Student and faculty response session
THE GLOBAL: NEW KNOWLEDGE SPACES AND PLACES
On November 2 and 3, 2009, the Office of Global Affairs hosted a symposium "The Global: New Knowledge Spaces and Places" to examine the effects of cross-border education (including branch campuses and distance learning) on everything from regional politics to academic freedom featuring visiting professor Kris Olds of University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Plenary Talk by Professor Olds
"Cross-Border Higher Education, Authoritarianism, and the Global Governance of Academic Freedom"
Monday, November 2, 5:00 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library
Professor Olds launched the symposium with a plenary talk intended for the broader Brandeis community to think about higher education, authoritarianism, and the global governance of academic freedom in an international context. This event was open to all faculty, students, and staff and a reception with refreshments was held afterwards.
Session 1 | The Global: Student and Faculty Responses
Tuesday, November 3, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Faculty Club Lounge
Moderated by Chandler Rosenberger the first session provided an opportunity for students and faculty to continue the discussion of Dr. Olds' Monday lecture and to broaden the discussion by considering several of his recent papers on related themes. These papers were distributed in advance to students and faculty who participated.
Students and faculty discussed the complications of academic freedom in new knowledge spaces developing around the world. As Singapore expands its relationships through partnerships with American universities, interconnected issues arise between politics, economics, and academia. To compete with knowledge hubs in the United States, Singapore tries to establish an identity as a global resource in higher education to become the "Boston of the East." Discussants focused on strategies important to Brandeis as a global institution. Both rising global knowledge hubs and American universities continue to compete strategically, changing the landscape of higher education across the globe.
Session 2 | The Global: Places of Knowledge, Forms of Knowledge
Tuesday, November 3, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
This session was moderated by Richard Parmentier. Participants discussed the connection between institutional configurations (spatial, regional, architectural, etc.) and forms of cultural production (discourse, texts, images, etc.) generated in these transnational, diasporic, and global places. Faculty presenters included Mark Auslander, Elizabeth Ferry, Talinn Grigor, and Ulka Anjaria.