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Salzburg Global Seminar

The Salzburg Global Seminar has been one of the world’s leading forums for dialogues about important international concerns ever since it was established by three Harvard students in 1947 when Margaret Mead chaired Session #1.  Each year the Seminar offers a variety of sessions that encourage the free exchange of ideas, diverse viewpoints, and common understandings in a neutral cross-cultural environment.  Sessions are held at the Seminar’s home in the historic Schloß Leopoldskron, a magnificent 18th-century rococo Palace (familiar to many as the Von Trapp family home in the Sound of Music) that is nestled at the foot of the Austrian Alps and within easy walking distance of Old Salzburg (UN World Heritage Site, birthplace of Mozart, and home to the world-renowned Salzburg Music Festival).  Information about the Seminar can be found in the most recent edition of the President’s Report.

Global Citizenship Program

The Seminar established the International Study Program on Global Citizenship in 2004 with grants from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (a long-time supporter of Seminar work) and the College Board (which has continued its support in recent years).  Renamed as the Global Citizenship Program in 2013, to better reflect its evolving mission and offerings, the purpose of the GCP is to promote better global citizenship by helping participants from American colleges and universities develop the leadership competencies needed to thrive in an increasingly interconnected society.  The Global Citizenship Program offers two related kinds of intensive week-long sessions—one for Faculty and Administrators, the other for Students—to work with a group of distinguished GCP Faculty drawn from all over the world.  The 45–55 participants who attend each session are provided with a Syllabus and Bibliography& of critical resources to develop a common basis for learning.  In addition to the plenary presentations, workshops, and small group projects that constitute the formal basis for every session, discussions often stretch well into the evening out on the terrace or downstairs in the bierstube – broken at intervals by classical or jazz concerts and strolls around the lake.

The Global Citizenship Program is led by Dr. Jochen Fried (Director of Educational Initiatives at the Seminar), who also served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at SJSU when he was at SJSU as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence during the Fall 2007 semester; and Astrid Schröder (GCP Program Director).  Since its modest beginnings in 2004, the GCP has offered 70+ sessions in Salzburg, expanded its offerings to include workshops and conferences in the United States at member institutions, and grown into a network of nearly 90 institutions of higher education across the United States with 3,000+ alumni who are connected through an electronic discussion group supported by the Seminar.