Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 2-10pm

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Global Futures Symposium, Thursday, April 28, 2022 | 2:00 - 6:00 pm, Newcomb Hall Ballroom

Over the past two years, our academic and personal lives have been disrupted in unprecedented ways. For all of us connected to the Global Studies Program, this has meant that the sense of community that we cherish and sets our Program apart from others at UVA has been in a slight state of stasis. Existing cohorts of students graduated without their deserved fanfare, while new cohorts started without the usual opportunities to connect to one another. Exciting changes have taken place without due celebration: we appointed a new director, welcomed new faculty members, and created a new track. As we are coming out of our pandemic inertia and start looking ahead at brighter futures, it is high time for a celebration of our Global Studies Program and the many accomplishments of its ever-growing community. 

The inaugural “Global Futures: a Global Studies Symposium” is meant to do exactly that. This event will bring together students, alumni, faculty, and interested others in a mix of professionalism and conviviality. It will feature student research projects, career roundtables, research prizes and a Global Studies mixer/reception. Attendees will have the opportunity to showcase their accomplishments; connect, catch up, and network with each other; and eat, drink, and be merry together.    

Schedule of Events

2:00 PM

Director of Global Studies: Phoebe Crisman

Global Futures Team: Sylvia Tidey, Caterina Eubanks, Katie Quissell, Helena Zeweri

2:00 – 5:00 PM

Global Studies Research Exhibit
See and hear about over 160 student projects displayed physically + virtually

2:30 PM

Alumni Spotlight
“This is Viral Podcast” intro with alumna Saranya Kasinathuni

3:00 – 3:50 PM

Career + Global Internship Roundtables
Join informal discussions with Alumni, Faculty + Career Advisors

3:50 PM

UVA Global
Vice Provost for Global Affairs: Steve Mull

4:00 – 4:45 PM  

Capstone Research Presentations
Talk with student researchers about their posters and video, audio and arts projects

4:45 PM

Research Prizes + Concluding Remarks
Awarded by Global Studies Track Directors

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Global Studies Mixer / Reception
Celebrate a stellar year with good food, drink and conversation


Research on exhibit:

Global Public Health Capstone Research:  Students will display conference-style presentation posters about their capstone theses.

Global Development Studies Capstone Research:  Students have created short recorded TED Talks about their capstone projects that will be available for listening.

GSVS 4559 - Sustainability Practicum & Evidence-Based Policy: Students will exhibit the concept-mapping, quantitative reasoning, systems modeling, and spatial analyses that exemplify the course’s emphasis on “problem-based learning” in connection to local, national, and global sustainability challenges.

GSVS 4559 - Ecosystem Services: How Nature Benefits People: Student teams will display semester-long research projects that assess, value, and develop policy and market solutions to protect and enhance the "critical natural capital" that supports human well-being. From the food we eat and the air we breathe to the physical and mental well-being that comes from nature and contact with it, ecosystems are an essential and often overlooked foundation for human welfare and economies.

GSVS 3110 - Critical Conceptions of the GlobalStudents will display final projects from the Spring 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters

  • "Material Implosion" Multimedia Project: Students traced the ‘social life’ of an object that they found interesting or compelling. The idea was to ‘implode’ that object by deconstructing how it came to be a part of your world. Through tracing the object’s history, where and how it was made, manufactured, distributed, circulated, students were able to see the conditions—political, economic, and cultural—that make this object available to them and the social world in which they live and move through. 
  • “Glocalization” Project: In 1997, Roland Robertson developed the concept of “Glocalization” to refer to the co-presence of both universalizing and localizing forces. More specifically, we can use ‘glocalization’ to refer to the dynamics by which local phenomena are shaped by global forces and vice versa. Students traced the social life of an object, place, or community that they were familiar with to trace its global dimensions. They identified its ‘conditions of possibility’— the forces that allow it to exist in their environment. Students will exhibit in diverse formats: a visual collage, an essay, a film, a poster, or a pre-recorded presentation.

Global Environments + Sustainability Capstone Research Students will present their research in poster, pitch, video, and audio formats.

  • Making a Rainbow Nation Green: Cape Town, South Africa, at the Forefront of Renewable Energy Transitions in Africa – Tahne Badenhors

  • Reuniting Native Fish, People, and Water: Damn Removal and Salmon Restoration on the Lower Snake River – Lyons Brown

  • Climate-Induced Migration: Theories and Logistics of Indigenous Community Relocation in Shishmaref, Alaska – Joonas Castren

  • An Analysis of Differential Capacities for Environmental Justice Work in Renewable Energy: Residential, Community, and Utility-Scale – Emma Clark

  • Waste to Winter Wonder: Comprehensive Wastewater Reuse in Big Sky, Montana – Janet Conklin

  • Effective Engagement of Youth in the Climate Movement: Fostering Action Competence, Meaning & Problem Based Coping Strategies, & Constructive Hope – Brooke Crouch

  • Taking Out the Trash: A Comparison of Solid Waste Management Practices at Various Universities – Madison Crouch

  • The Morven Sustainability Lab: Integrating Actions for Land, Architecture, and Education – Meredith DeIoia, Grace George, Emma Harrison, Catherine Leigh, Charlotte Roberts, Elizabeth Suffa

  • Counter-mapping the Ancestral Homeland of the Monacan Nation: Disrupting Colonial Geographies in Central Virginia through Cartography – Spencer Dietz

  • Toward an Ecopoetics of the South: History, Futurity, and Responsibility – Eleanor Dilworth

  • Combating Urban Sprawl by Building Within: An Argument for Accessory Dwelling Units – Kelly Drash

  • Measuring Progress: Examining the United Nations SDG Index and Redefining the Global Standard for Sustainable Development Progress – Keely Fitzsimmons

  • A Flawed Forecast: A Critique of NEMS Modelling of Natural Gas and Analysis of the Industry Going Forward – Bryce Forys

  • Fresh Fruit for Free: Urban Food Forestry in Booker T. Washington Park for Food Security and Community Benefits – Elizabeth Harrington

  • Climate Crossroads – Lukas Houpt, Megan Sprotte

  • Democracy’s Divisive Position in Environmental Political Theory: A Comparative Analysis of Denmark, China, and the USA – Hunter Hess

  • A Sustainable Future: Tapering Inefficient Fossil Fuel Subsidies in the United States – Evan Janson

  • The Environmental Price of Fast Fashion: Solutions for Sustainable Development in the Worlds of Business and Fashion – Eleanor Jones

  • Understanding the Discursive Construction and Material Impact of Ecoterrorism: A Comparative Analysis of Earth Liberation Front and Extinction Rebellion – Paul Kay

  • Rewriting the Hospital Food Script: An Analysis of Our Current Hospital Food System and Potential Solutions – Ji Eon (Jenny) Kim

  • An Equitable Sun? National Lessons to Inform Local Impacts of Low-Income Solar – Zachary Marhanka, Patricia Matyas

  • Managed Retreat on Tangier Island, VA – Dulaney Marsh

  • The Importance of Context: Critical Success Factors for Electrification Projects in Developing Countries – Dylan May

  • Integrating Sustainable Initiatives in the Fire Department: A Holistic Review of the Implementation of Class A Foams – Amber Peake

  • Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Sustainability Education in UVA’s Architecture Curriculum – Sophie Peng

  • Off Grounds Composting: Envisioning a Service to Reduce Food Waste at The University of Virginia – Alex Prince

  • Payments for Environmental Services: A Comparative Case Study Analysis for Application on Ethiopia’s Coffee Smallholder Farms – Ester Rekhelman

  • Equitably Combating Urban Heat Island Effect in Hunting Park, Philadelphia Through GRI, HVIs, and Increasing Urban Tree Canopy Coverage – Trevor Storm

  • The Decarbonization of our Appalachian Energy Systems: A Clash of the Labor and Climate Justice Movements – Eliza Stowe

  • Selling the Coal Story: An Analysis of Coal Heritage Tourism in Southern Appalachia – Mary Katherine Terrell

  • The Humans vs. Nature Dichotomy of the West – Smritee Thapa

  • Queering Urban Parks: Reconceptualizing the Natural towards a Queer Urban Sustainability – Schyler Vander Schaaf

  • Meeting Point: Disability & Environmental Justice – Berkeley Wilkins

  • Sustainable Agriculture at the Intersection of the Fight against Climate Change and for Food Security – Megan Williams

  • The Push to End Factory Farming – Katie Yared

  • The Harm of Private Vehicles in Natural Spaces and Viable Transportation Alternatives – Emma Zawieruch


You are invited to participate!

We warmly invite students (and alumni) to participate. Maybe one of your GS courses is already planning a symposium project. Perhaps you have an amazing idea for an individual or group contribution. Or, you might want to join the organizing committee, provide music, or whatever else you can think of.

Are you a current student interested in presenting a project? Let us know by completing this form.

Are you an alumni interested in attending our networking reception from 5 – 6pm? RSVP here.


What could you do?

There are all sorts of ways in which you can contribute a project to the symposium. Projects can range from more to less time consuming; they can be academic, artistic, or otherwise creative in format; they can cater to a professional audience or a general one. Please find some ideas for projects below:

  • Websites and blogs

  • Videos and vlogs

  • Poster presentations

  • Photo essays

  • Social media slide shows

  • Podcasts

  • TED Talk

  • Tik-Tok

  • Insta story

  • Art installation

  • Photo (painting etx) exhibit

  • Time capsule

If you are interested in participating in any way and would like to know more about the symposium, please contact either Sylvia Tidey (st3fx@virginia.edu) or Caterina Eubanks (tqr8cg@virginia.edu).



Global Futures Participating Partners: