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Globalization and Cultural Diversity
Friends or Foes?
Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Tyler Cowen
Professor of Economics, George Mason University; Author, Creative Destruction: How Globalization is Changing the World’s Culture (Princeton University Press)
Is American culture taking over the world? Do countries with open trade policies risk losing their unique cultures to a diet of McDonald’s and MTV? Or does globalization simply enlarge a country’s cultural menu, allowing people to choose from a wider variety? Does trade result in cultural decline? Or does cultural “destruction” allow the “high culture” of a society to co-exist with the popular and enable a rich array of cultural hybrids to flower? At this event, noted economist and author Tyler Cowen shared his fascinating discoveries about globalization and cultural diversity.

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