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Why does the world need “global citizens?” What changes have occurred that require a different kind of worldview?

“Global citizen” is a vague term and, like all such terms, a contested concept—but it points toward the reality that the modern world is interconnected. We can communicate with people all over the world in real time. The flow of capital; the exchange of goods, services, and information; and the migration patterns of many populations make us aware of these interconnections. As stewards and citizens of the world, we are also linked by environmental and political challenges that require us to work together to create a sustainable and just world. We need to understand our location within these complex new realities.


Style and Substance

By Elizabeth Redden ’05

Cindi Leive ’88, editor-in-chief, Glamour magazine “GLAMOUR'S ROLE IS TO MAKE READERS FEEL GREAT ABOUT THEIR LIVES and to give them, in every issue, a balance of fun and fashion and compassion and support,” says Cindi Leive ’88, editor-in-chief of the magazine, which boasts a readership of 12 million and outsells 98 percent of magazines on the newsstand. “My editorial vision is that it’s completely possible for a magazine to embrace—wholeheartedly embrace—fashion and beauty, and at the same time tackle serious issues of substance.”

“I have plenty of smart female friends who can get into a heated discussion about whether platform shoes are a good or bad thing for the world and also talk about child brides in Yemen. There’s no reason those two things can’t cohabitate.”


Chernobyl Witness

Chernobyl Witness BY THE TIME I GRADUATED FROM SWARTHMORE IN 1994, I HAD BURNED OUT AS AN ACTIVIST. I’d spent years telling people, stridently, what was wrong with the world, trying to change their ways. I rarely succeeded.

The next year, I left for India. I spent seven months volunteering and wandering, camera in hand. I loved photography but was not yet a photographer. In India, I first discovered that taking photos helps me see better. Slowing down enough to take photographs is a practice, like meditation, that helps us become more aware of what is right there in front of our eyes—or inside our minds.

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A Forgotten Film About an Unforgettable Trial

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