How to Build a Global Community in a World of Nationalism?

LAU New York Headquarters & Academic Center

Today, globalism has a bad reputation. ‘Citizens of the world’ are depicted as recklessly uninterested in how international economic networks can affect local communities. Meanwhile, nationalists are often derided as racists and bigots. But what if the two were not so far apart? What could globalists learn from the powerful sense of belonging that nationalism has created? Faced with the injustices of the world’s economic and political system, what should a responsible globalist do?

Author Hassan Damluji will be in conversation with actor/activist Riz Ahmed to discuss his new book The Responsible Globalist, which offers a boldly optimistic and pragmatic blueprint for building an inclusive, global nation.

Hassan Damluji

Hassan Damluji is a development expert and author on global affairs. At the Gates Foundation, he advises Bill and Melinda Gates on the Middle East & North Africa, Pakistan, Japan and Korea, and leads a global team responsible for policy, advocacy and government relations in those countries. Hassan has been named as one of the 100 Most Influential Arabs Under 40 every year since 2015 by Arabian Business magazine.

Hassan holds a double-first in Classics and Arabic from Oxford and a master’s in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard, where he was awarded the Von Clemm Fellowship. He has written extensively about global development and politics. His first book, The Responsible Globalist, was published by Penguin Allen Lane in 2019.

Riz Ahmed

Emmy award winner Rizwan ‘Riz’ Ahmed is a critically acclaimed actor, writer, creator, producer, musician, director and activist. As a vocal advocate for inclusion, Ahmed’s award-winning piece in the Nikesh Shukla-edited collection of essays The Good Immigrant, has been dubbed “essential reading.” In Spring 2017, he was a prestigious guest-speaker at the British Parliament’s House of Commons where he spoke about diversity and representation. That same year, he graced the cover of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People.

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