Social Responsibility

Faculty

Abbas MehdiAbbas Mehdi

What is your vision of global social responsibility?
We are all responsible for peace and freedom - all countries and all people around the world.

What social and environmental justice issues do you feel passionate about?
human rights, democracy, freedom, social inequality

What areas of research or activism are you currently most engaged with?
I am the Founder and Chairman of the Union of Independent Iraqis, an international organization that promotes democracy in Iraq. I have been engaged in numerous policy analyses and panels influencing foreign policies with US, European and Middle East institutions and their development. I continually publish papers and write for scholarly journals about these concerns.

What presentations, publications, student support activities or community service projects have you focused on in the last couple of years?
I’ve been a member of the Board and Counsel of the International Research Foundation for Development since 1999; a Board member of the United Nations Association of Minnesota since 2004; a Board member of Minnesota International Center from 1997 to 2004; a Distinguished Resource Person for International Fellowship Programs, Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Minneapolis, MN, from 1997 to 2002.

What books/films/authors/artists, etc. pertaining to social and environmental justice have been very influential in your life?
Immanuel Wallerstein’s, “Cultures in Conflict? Who are We? Who are the Others?”

What publications do you read or would you recommend to students?
The Economist. I may not agree with everything in it, but you must read about the other side to know about them.

What skills do you teach that empower students to become activists/active global citizens?
I use different ways to teach such as story, emotion and examples.

Where did you do your graduate work?
I did my PhD at Ohio State University, USA and my Master’s at Bath University, UK.

What classes do you teach?
I teach SOC 456 Complex Organizations, SOC 362 Social Change and SOC 455 the Sociology of Work and Occupation.

Which of these are available to graduate students?
SOC 455 (555) and SOC 456 (556)

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