At the cusp of adulthood, Gen Z is the first group of ‘digital natives’ whose sense of self, community, and the world is radically shaped by the Internet and social networks. Born at the turn of the millennium, a Pew Research Center study pegs this generation as set to be the most well educated and racially and ethnically diverse. However, the prognosis of an uncertain future looms large, propelled by crises in education, employment, climate change and beyond. Further exacerbated by Covid disruptions and issues of social justice and equity, such concerns make the exploration of young people’s desires and concerns more urgent than ever. What are their aspirations? What fuels or hinders hopes for their own future and that of the world?
Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai invites you to an online presentation featuring Dr. Vishakha Desai, Co-Director of the Youth in a Changing World project at Columbia University, to discuss the study’s findings on Generation Z and global citizenship. Part of a research project of the Committee on Global Thought, the project aims to complement large quantitative surveys from several cities to provide a more qualitative and nuanced understanding of the attitudes of youth across the world. The emphasis of this interactive presentation will be on how Gen Z views the world, and what it expects from older generations in order to solve the big global challenges confronting it.
About the Speaker
Dr. Vishakha Desai is Chair of the Committee of Global Thought, Senior Advisor for Global Affairs, and Senior Research Scholar in Global Studies at Columbia University. Dr. Desai is also author of the recently published memoir, World as Family: A Journey of Multi-Rooted Belongings, published by Columbia University Press in the U.S. and Penguin Random House in India. Prior to joining Columbia, Dr. Desai spent 22 years at the Asia Society in New York, an educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships in Asia and the United States, and served the last eight years as its president, steering the organization’s growth in programs on education, art, business and public policy. A visiting professor at Columbia in 1995-96, Dr. Desai has also taught at Princeton University, Williams College, Boston University, College of Charleston and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. In addition to early work in education and public programs at the Brooklyn Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art, she was Assistant Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian and Islamic Collections at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. She has published catalogs of major exhibitions and holds five honorary degrees. Born in India, Dr. Desai received her B.A. in Political Science from Bombay University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Michigan.