World Scholars Gather at the University of San Diego to Address Challenges of the 21st Century

The 33rd annual Conference of the Political Economy of the World-System Section of the American Sociological Association will meet from April 23-25 at Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego. The conference begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, and ends at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

“World-Systems Analysis and the Challenges of the 21st Century,” focuses on cutting edge research and debates about the challenges of the 21st century, including of issues sometimes neglected in world-systems analysis. Special attention will be given to questions of diversity and inclusion, violence, religion, world inequities, diasporas and global transformations, and global power, among others.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Immanuel Wallerstein, Ph.D., currently a research scholar at Yale University and one of the world’s leading scholars and public intellectuals. Wallerstein will speak during the opening panel from 6 to 8 p.m. April 23 in the IPJ Theatre. He has long been considered a key figure in the global discussion surrounding world-systems analysis and has conducted extensive research in the discipline.

Featured speakers also include Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and member of the Committee on Global Thought; Daniel Ellsberg, former State and Defense Department official and 2006 recipient of the Right Livelihood Award for outstanding vision and work; and Enrique Dussel, professor of ethics at the Universidad Autonoma Matropolitana, Iztapalapa, and a member of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

For the complete conference schedule, contact Denise Ward at 619-260-4659 ext. 6994 or by email at

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego, a Catholic Institution of higher learning chartered in 1949. The university enrolls approximately 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration this fall of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace brings the university’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Education, Law and Nursing and Health Science.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.