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Kaushik Basu, Carl Marks Professor of International Studies and professor of economics in Cornell’s College of Arts and Science, spoke about “The View from the Regions” at the Cornell Global Grand Challenges Symposium in November 2018. He said technological advances are creating challenges, such as global inequality and the erosion of global democracy, on par with those posed by the Industrial Revolution—and will require unconventional policies and thinking.

During the 2-day symposium, panelists and keynote speakers laid out some of the most pressing issues of our times, as well as possible paths to solutions. One of the goals of the symposium was to identify themes to be considered for Cornell’s first Global Grand Challenge initiative, a dedication to a topic through new curricular, scholarly, and engaged work across campus. In October 2019, the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs announced the theme of the first global grand challenge: Migrations.