Philosopy professor Ronald Glossop kicks off 2007-2008 Vision of Hope speaker series

Glossop is exploring the shift from internationalism to globalism | October 23, 2007

Philosophy professor Ronald Glossop is the first speaker in Xavier's third annual Vision of Hope speaker series, beginning with a presentation on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium.

Glossop is exploring the shift from internationalism to globalism, from separate and somewhat independent but cooperating national communities to an increasingly integrated global community.

Glossop is professor emeritus of philosophy at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where he was also coordinator of peace studies for 25 years. He has authored more than 50 articles in professional journals and three books: Philosophy: An Introduction to Its Problems and Vocabulary; Confronting War; and World Federation?: A Critical Analysis of Federal World Government.

The 2007-2008 Vision of Hope five-part speaker series is based upon the theme, “Five Pillars of a New World Building,” explored in a video by Benjamin J. Urmston, S.J., director emeritus of peace and justice programs.

Each talk addresses one of the five main structures of a world more in accord with God’s word: a global ethic agreed upon by all the religions; the various forms of non-violence; a culture of basic human rights; a just distribution of wealth achieved through economic democracy; and world peace through democratic world order.

Each keynote speaker’s presentation addresses one of these pillars as it pertains to her or his particular area of research and experience. Furthermore, each speaker addresses three thematic questions: Is it necessary? Is it possible? What is the way forward? The program includes an introduction from Urmston on the current pillar being addressed and concludes with an audience question-and-answer session.

Urmston’s video, “A Vision of Hope” is available for purchase at each session. For more information please contact Patrick Welage at 513 745-3768. For more information visit