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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Reconceptualizing the United Nations: Social Change in the Age of Globalization

Dr Marilyn Matelski, Dr Nancy Street.

In 1948, the United Nations was formed to promote global peace and world civil society. Since that time, it has evolved into a significant voice for social change. However, much of the success ... or failure .. of this organization have been due to the influence of American foreign policy--at least until recently, when other nations have become more vocal about perceived unwarranted behavior by their US colleagues, particularly in the Middle East.

This trend is likely to continue, given the current chaos in world affairs. However, as globalization continues to permeate the culture and society in both developed and developing countries, the traditional models of social change do not provide easy answers to support the UN's mission of international parity and justice.


Dr Marilyn Matelski  (United States)
Communication Department
Boston College

Dr. Matelski has authored numerous publications on communication and cultural identity, including American Businesses in China and Soap Operas Worldwide.

Dr Nancy Street  (United States)
Department of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts
Bridgewater State College

Dr. Street has spent more than two decades researching China and its cultural identity. Her publications on the topic include two books (In Search of Red Buddha and American Businesses in China) as well as numerous journal articles and convention papers.

  • United Nations
  • American foreign policy
  • Social change
  • Globalization
  • Social justice

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)