Found this on a Sunday drive in the country: Bement, Illinois, population 350. The "O" in "Topflight" is a globe with North and South America showing, and bean and corn stalks growing out the North Pole. As I listen to the local agricultural radio report telling me about the weather in the growing areas of southern Brazil (where more than a few big Illinois farmers have land, apparently), I wonder if this logo is a symbol of globalization or empire? Both? Discuss.
The Global Heartland project explores connections between the world economy and life as it is lived in the middle of North America. It looks for everyday examples of globalization in the present and in the past. It identifies local experiences that reflect ideas about how globalization works. It pokes and prods at the contradictions of a region--globally connected but imagined as quintessentially America.