Carnegie Global Oregon Learning Community

The University of Oregon in association with Oxford University and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs are pleased to announce an innovative collaboration to create an international network of Carnegie universities and colleges.  The Global Ethics Network and the Carnegie Global Oregon Learning Community will engage students and faculty across the world in dialogue and inquiry about ethics, war, and peace; global social justice; and religion in politics.

The Carnegie Global Oregon Learning Community (CGO) invites incoming freshmen to be one of the first 22 members of this dynamic new residential learning program exploring questions of international ethics.  Students will enjoy mentoring relationships with the CGO faculty director, research librarian, academic adviser, Residence Life staff, graduate students, and undergraduate peer educators through small classes, study groups, research projects, field trips, and academic conferences.  The community will foster out-of-class interaction in the student lounge, community kitchen, smart-board room, multi-media spaces, and the faculty director’s office.

Collaborating closely with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York City, and the Global Oregon Big Idea, the Carnegie Global Oregon Learning Community will engage students with scholars, peers, and communities on campus and around the world in academic and cultural events through live two-way broadcasts and cutting-edge new social media.  Students will  participate in a global dialogue about ethics and current events ranging from global health and genocide to disaster response, war, and peace.

The  CGO  is a pioneering effort that will provide students with a wealth of opportunities to explore the challenges of living in a complex world from the perspective of international ethics.  The initiative’s curriculum will begin with a Residential FIG as part of a year-long sequence beginning in the first term of a student’s freshman year, and will include cohort-based classes, extra-curricular activities, and a host of events designed specifically for CGO students.  Academic advising tailored to the interests of CGO students will guide them toward a course plan that can include any major, and will incorporate courses relevant to the place of ethics in the conduct of local, national, and international affairs.  The CGO will have a faculty director and the support of university staff and peer mentors, and, as students progress toward completion of their degree, additional roles for participation and leadership will become available to them.