Volume 2, Number 49
12 July 2002

The Foundations and Impact of Globalization

Lecture, Discussion, and Worship

Led by Jack Powelson, Boulder (CO) Meeting of Friends,

Facilitated by Carol Blotter, Chelsea (MI) Friends Meeting

Responses by American Friends Service Committee, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Friends United Meeting, Right Sharing of the World's Resources, Friends World Committee, & Friends General Conference

Where? Quaker Hill Conference Center, Richmond Indiana.

When? September 13, 14, and 15, 2002

Who is invited to participate? Friends and others interested in issues and concerns raised about globalization. (Participation limited to the first 50 registrants.)

Jack Powelson is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado. He has taught and researched in economic history and economic development. He has lectured in universities and acted as economic advisor to governments in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. His principal books are Centuries of Economic Endeavor and The Moral Economy, which describe how the present world economy has come about and what it might look like in the future. In addition, he is the author of three "Quakerbacks:" Facing Social Revolution, Dialogue with Friends, and Seeking Truth Together. Jack belongs to the Boulder (Colorado) Meeting of Friends. For a complete bio, visit http://spot.colorado.edu/~powelsoj, and click on Vita.

Carol Blotter is a principal in The Prism Group, a private consultancy, specializing in the development of sales and marketing strategies for the computer software industry. For 24 years, she worked for a major international computer services company, leaving it as Vice President of Strategic Alliances to devote herself to fulltime consulting. Carol has designed and led workshops where every individual feels comfortable contributing and where those contributions are considered thoughtfully in exploring solutions. Carol belongs to Ann Arbor (Michigan) Meeting of Friends.

Schedule and Program

Friday, September 13: Opening Session

4:00 to 6:00 pm. Registration

6:00 Supper at the Conference Center

7:00 Worship

7:20 Statement of the Problem, by Jack Powelson

7:30 p.m. Viewing of Part I of Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy through the twentieth century, a Public Broadcasting System special. Discussion afterwards.

Saturday, September 14


9:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 Presentation by Jack Powelson, facilitated by Carol Blotter

11:00 Questions and Discussion

12:00 Luncheon

2:00 p.m. Responses by Quaker institutions

4:00 p.m. Questions and Discussion

6:00 p.m. Supper

7:30 p.m. Viewing of Part II of Commanding Heights, followed by discussion.

Sunday, September 15

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Questions and discussion, with Jack Powelson

12:00. Luncheon at the Conference Center

2:00. Where does the World Go from Here? Discussion with Jack Powelson, facilitated by Carol Blotter.

4:00. Summary, and Worship.

5:00. Formal Closing of the Conference.

7:30 p.m. Viewing of Part III of Commanding Heights, for those who wish to stay.

Suggested reading: Jack Powelson recommends Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy by David Yergen and Joseph Stanislaw. In simple, lay language, this book shows how the world economy evolved during the twentieth century, setting the stage for further globalization in the twenty-first. But come even if you do not have time to read the book. The film based on this book was shown earlier this year on PBS and will be shown again at this conference. The book is widely available through bookstores, and the book and three-part video are both available from Station WGBH Boston Video at 1-800-949-8760.


Quaker Hill Conference Center is a small independent conference and retreat center affiliated with Friends in Indiana and southwestern Ohio. Located at Richmond in east central Indiana near the Ohio state line, it is easily accessible from Interstate 70 (from the east or west) and from Indiana 27 (from the north or south). The Dayton, Ohio, airport is 45 miles to the east, and the Indianapolis airport is 75 miles to the west of Richmond.

Simple and affordable overnight accommodations are available for up to 50 guests at Quaker Hill. For those needing or desiring full-service commercial accommodations, there are several motels within a 2-5 mile driving distance. All meals for this conference will be served in the dining room at Quaker Hill.



Publisher: Russ Nelson, St. Lawrence Valley (NY) Friends Meeting

Editorial Board

  • Roger Conant, Mount Toby Meeting, Northampton, MA.
  • Caroline Conzelman, Boulder (CO).
  • Ann Dixon, Boulder (CO) Meeting of Friends.
  • Virginia Flagg, San Diego (CA) Friends Meeting.
  • Merlyn Holmes, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Janet Minshall, Anneewakee Creek Friends Worship Group, Douglasvillle (GA).
  • Jack Powelson, Boulder (CO) Meeting of Friends, Principal Editor.
  • J.D. von Pischke, a Friend from Reston, VA.
  • Geoffrey Williams, Attender at New York Fifteenth Street Meeting.

Members of the Editorial Board receive Letters several days in advance for their criticisms, but they do not necessarily endorse the contents of any of them.

This newsletter was formerly known as The Classic Liberal Quaker.

Copyright © 2002 by Jack Powelson. All rights reserved. Permission is hereby granted for non-commercial reproduction.

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