Pakistan's Slow Motion Crisis and Global Citizenship

Pakistan's terrible floods began in the summer of 2010, but their devastating effects continue. Although media coverage has dwindled, the crisis persists as over a million people remain displaced, many without reliable access to food or drinking water.

On September 24, 2010, there was a teach-in here at Brown on the floods that looked at the events through the lens of multiple disciplines. The content was informative and eye-opening, but also a call to action.

With Professor Vazira Zamindar and her colleagues' help, the Choices Education Progam has put together videos and activities for high school students that capture the content of the teach-in, giving it life and reach beyond what took place in September. The video is designed to draw teachers to “Teaching with the News,” a free resource for high school teachers.

The activity on Pakistan’s floods has fifteen short videos and introduces students to the disaster and encourages them to consider the impact of history, climate vulnerability, and current politics as explore the terrible flooding in Pakistan.

For me, one of the most interesting pieces of these videos are responses to the question: "What are the qualities of global citizenship?" 

There are answers from Vazira Zamindar (History), Corey Walker (Africana Studies), and J. Timmons Robert (Director, Center for Environmental Studies) in section 5 that are worth a look.

I find Corey Walker's call for "gracious hospitality" as well as "humility" compelling.

How do you answer the question: What are the qualities of global citizenship?