Salzburg Global Chronicle 2015


Salzburg Global Seminar’s 2014 program marked the centenary of the outbreak of World War One by looking firmly forward, while gleaning important lessons from our past. Under the theme Brave New World, it brought together distinctive multi-year projects and partnerships with the common goal of promoting vision, courage and leadership to tackle the most complex challenges of our globalized society.

Below are highlights from just some of our 2014 sessions. For stories from our other sessions, please click through our Features and Profiles tabs. 

Session 533 | New Dynamics in Global Trade Architecture

In April, top-level policymakers and practitioners from across the trade spectrum issued a joint statement opening: 

“Our goal is shared and lasting prosperity for the world. We believe this can best be obtained through sustainable, inclusive and equitable growth in the context of macroeconomic stability, which will require lowering the barriers to trade and investment. We call for political impetus at all levels to make this happen.” 

The Salzburg Statement on New Dynamics in Global Trade Architecture: The WTO, G20 and Regional Trade Agreements has since been shared with trade policy experts across the world.


Session 534 | Innovation for Regional Cohesion and Smart Growth

“Urban Policy is at the top of our agenda – and it will stay there,” declared EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn at the May session Mind the Gap! Innovating for Regional Cohesion and Smart Growth, held in partnership with the European Commission Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO). Hahn stressed the role of cities as catalysts, declaring: “All our European goals can only be successfully achieved if we address the problems that are challenging the cities.” DG REGIO is not just concerned with large capital cities; much of its urban policy is directed towards smaller cities which can be anchors for their region’s development.


Session 535 | Salzburg Initiative Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention

In June, educators, museum directors, public officials, and researchers examined the challenges and successes in the teaching and remembrance of the Holocaust and other genocides, focusing particularly on countries that are not members of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. The session was a unique opportunity to bring information about, and knowledge from, an expanded group of countries, both deepening and broadening the impact of the Initiative, and enabling Fellows to implement activities that spread awareness about the Holocaust, Holocaust education, and genocide prevention, and reach even more young people in ways appropriate to their cultures and countries.


Session 536 | Health and Health Care Innovation in the 21st Century

In December, 70 clinicians, policymakers, academics, patient advocates, service users and their family members came from across five continents with the purpose of improving mental health services and wellness in their home countries. New Paradigms in Behavioral and Mental Health, the seventh in the long-running healthcare series Health and Health Care Innovation in the 21st Century, proposed a range of initiatives: iMum – “improving Mums’ Mental Health” – helping women with post-natal depression in the UK; using mobile technology to promote mental health wellness in Rwanda; promoting positive mental health on college campuses in India; ensuring better use of primary care centers rather than psychiatric hospitals in treating depression and alcohol abuse in Colombia; and collaborating with traditional healers to enhance cultural sensitivities when treating Native American patients in the USA.


Session 537 | Students at the Margins

Building on the three-year series Optimizing Talent – Closing Education and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide, the November session, Students at the Margins and the Institutions that Serve Them: A Global Perspective, brought together 50 educators, researchers, and students to share experiences of helping students underrepresented at and underserved by higher education institutions. Two country-spanning teams of Fellows were awarded Margin Buster Awards: $2,500 micro grants to support projects focusing on the marginalization of students and promoting their inclusion in and access to higher education.


Session 538 | Young Cultural Innovators Forum

After two years of planning and consultation, the inaugural Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators in October saw more than 50 leading artists and social entrepreneurs come to Schloss Leopoldskron from 21 countries to develop the vision, entrepreneurial skills, and global networks needed to advance their organizations, causes and communities. The Forum is a 10-year project for Salzburg Global, based around city and regional “hubs,” seven of which are already well advanced: Athens, Greece; Baltimore, MD, USA; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Phomh Penh, Cambodia; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Salzburg, Austria; and Tokyo, Japan.


Session 555 | Addressing the Challenges of Climate Migration

In December, Salzburg Global Seminar hosted a strategy session Addressing the Challenges of Climate Migration: Legal Protections, Resilience & Eco-Security. Bringing together 20 top practitioners, researchers, and economic actors, the three-day program sought to crystallize what is already known about the likely patterns and timeframe of climate-induced migration and assess practical options for refugee policy; urban demographics, absorption capacity, disaster preparedness and resilience; innovations for food and water supply systems; international and national legal, financial, and practical tools and frameworks; the interlocking long-term nature of trans-boundary and global climate and ecological risks and costs; and regional and national security. Building on the strategy session, Salzburg Global is now exploring options to design a multi-year program in discussions with diverse partners around the world.


GCP 60 – 65 | Global Citizenship Program

Now in its 11th year, the Global Citizenship Program expanded to two sessions for college and university faculty and administrators – Education for Global Citizenship: What, Why, and How? – in addition to the four annual student-focused sessions. The year also saw the launch of the Global Citizenship Institute at St Mark’s School in Massachusetts, USA. The school, a partner since 2011 and the first high school to send teachers to the college-focused GCP, held a week-long program for high school students, drawing heavily on the Salzburg Global model and with support from GCP staff and faculty.


Cutler Lecture | Lloyd N. Cutler Lecture On The Rule Of Law

Hosted by Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court and Salzburg Global Fellow, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the fifth annual Lloyd N. Cutler Lecture on the Rule of Law was delivered in November at the US Supreme Court by Google Executive Chairman, Eric E. Schmidt. The following morning, Salzburg Global presented a special program at the National Public Radio (NPR) Headquarters on the “right to be forgotten,” which examined why Europeans and Americans have different views of privacy and whether internet regulation 

can be reconciled across borders. One well-placed member of the audience said it was “the most illuminating treatment of this subject I have heard or read.”


SSASA 12 | Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association 

At the September session Defining America: New Writing, New Voices, New Directions, novelists, professors and Ph.D. students sought to find the “new" in American literature, from new diverse voices to new publishing platforms. Writer Karen Tei Yamashita warned of the growing “Asian cyborg” stereotype in Western writing; Professor Mary Pat Brady presented poetry written by victims of the US border crisis; publisher Julia Kostova heralded an era of digital and print coexistence; while academic Christopher Bigsby posited that there’s nothing new in American literature – the truly new writing is in screenwriting.