[nyfoil-l] NOTICE: October Globalization Seminar Meeting

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Mon Oct 11 14:02:25 CDT 2004

The University Seminar (#671) on Globalization, Labor and Popular Struggles is 
pleased to announce our October meeting.

DATE: Monday 18 October, 7:15 p.m.

TITLE: "Women, Work, and Globalization: Perspectives from India and Uganda"

SPEAKERS: Lilian Keene-Mugwera and K.R. Renuka

PLACE: Randolph Room, Faculty House, Columbia University

The seminar meeting will be preceded by dinner on the fourth floor of Faculty 
House (details below).

Lilian Keene-Mugweraris the Executive Director of Platform for Labour Action 
(PLA), an Ugandan organization that focuses on guaranteeing labor rights for 
vulnerable, marginalized, and undocumented workers.  An advocate for gender and 
labor rights Ms. Keene addresses issues of labor policy and legislation, trade 
and export promotion and child labor. Realizing the crosscutting aspects of 
health and low-income work, Ms. Keene has trained hundreds of peer educators on 
HIV/AIDS prevention and impact mitigation in the work place.  Through 
Alternative Dispute Resolution and court representation, she has also enabled 
hundreds of Ugandan workers to realize their rights in the workplace.

K.R, Renuka is Director of the Center for Women's Development and Research, an 
organization that focuses on unorganized women workers in southern India. As 
the first woman in her village to go to college, Ms. Renuka works to create a 
gender-just workplace through promoting and protecting the economic, social, 
and political rights of women in the labor sector of Chennai, notably, domestic 
workers, construction workers, and flower, vegetable and fruit vendors.  An 
economist, Ms. Renuka has also fought for governmental policies for women, 
including their right to health insurance, maternity benefits, and scholarships 
for their children. She has worked to unionize women working in the home, an 
area often overlooked by many labor and human rights organizations.

In connection with the 18 October meeting, please reply to Matt Winters whether 
you plan to attend the seminar, as well as whether you will join us for a 
buffet dinner.  You may e-mail him at msw22 at columbia.edu.


I will attend the dinner on 18 October        Yes___  No___
I will attend the seminar on 18 October       Yes___  No___

****Please RSVP by Thursday 14 October****


Dinner will be at the Columbia University Faculty House at 6:00 p.m. Please pay 
for your dinner ($19.00) at the desk in the lobby of Faculty House when you 
arrive for dinner.  For those having dinner, we will meet at 6:00 at the table 
reserved for the seminar on the fourth floor of Faculty House, which is located 
on Columbia's East Campus behind the School of International Affairs and the 
Law School.  The street address is 400 West 117th Street, but the easiest 
approach is through the gates on the north side of 116th Street between 
Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive.

The seminar will be held from 7:15-9 p.m. in the Randolph Room, on the first 
floor of Faculty House.  For those not having dinner, please join us in the 
Randolph Room room at 7:15 p.m.


Our upcoming seminar dates are

8 November - Jean-Claude Delauney (University of Paris) - "Dismantling the 
Welfare State: A New Step for Ruling Classes in Europe" - (Co-sponsored with 
the University Seminar on Full Employment (#613))

6 December - Henry Frundt (Ramapo College) and Carolina Quinteros (Independent 
Monitoring Group of El Salvador; Center for Study of Human Rights, Columbia 
University) "Labor Rights and Export Zones in Central America"


Thank you,

David Bensman
Hank Frundt
Mark Kesselman
Scott Martin
  Seminar Co-Chairs

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