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Centenary Series: "Re-imagining Rural/Urban Relationships: 'Abdu'l-Bahá on Reciprocity"

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To commemorate the centenary of the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the Cambridge University Bahá’í Society has arranged online talks by eight international speakers. Each speaker will focus on one theme based on the teachings and life of this unique individual and its relevance to our world today. This is the third talk in the series.

Re-imagining Rural/Urban Relationships: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá on Reciprocity

Why are cities associated with dynamism and wealth and rural areas associated with economic stagnation and decline? More than one hundred years ago, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá envisioned and strove to create forms of urban/rural relationships that would foster prosperity for everyone. This talk describes His vision, and what might be elements of the path to bringing it to reality.

Holly Hanson is a professor emeritus of history at Mount Holyoke College, where for more than two decades she taught courses on African history, the history of global inequality, and the comparative global history of small-scale agriculture. She has authored To Speak and Be Heard: Seeking Good Government in Uganda, ca. 1500-2015, A Path of Justice: Building Communities with the Power to Shape the World, Landed Obligation: the Practice of Power in Buganda, Social and Economic Development: A Bahá’í Approach, and numerous essays on the history of East Africa and Bahá’í thought regarding social transformation. Hanson currently serves as Coordinator of the Research Department at the Bahá’í World Centre, Israel.

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