Globalization Day Schedule

Globalization Day 2014

Wednesday, March 12th

What are our responsibilities as global citizens? What role can we play in making a difference in the world? From the food that we eat to the products we buy, to our engagement within our local communities, there are many ways we can have a positive effect on people’s lives. Join us for a day of deliberative discussions, insightful panels, and dynamic live performances exploring globalization and the impact we can have on our changing world.

9:05am – 10:00am
Deliberative Dialogue: Talking About Global Challenges and the World We Live In: A deliberative discussion about Citizen Engagement and the U.S. Role in the World, moderated by LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives and LI Alliance/CCE interns.

  • Session 1
    Location: Plaza Room West, Student Center

10:10am – 11:00am
Deliberative Dialogue: Talking About Global Challenges and the World We Live In

  • Session 2
    Location: Plaza Room West, Student Center

11:15 – 12:40pm
The Global Sweatshop Economy & What Americans Can Do About It
Apple, Wal-Mart, and many other U.S. companies have recently been criticized for unsafe working conditions, child labor and human rights abuses in their foreign factories. Labor rights activist Charles Kernaghan and his Institute for Global Labour & Human Rights have been a leading force in the fight to improve labor conditions here and abroad. Come hear him discuss their high-profile campaigns and the current global movement against outsourcing American jobs to foreign sweatshops.

  • Location: Multi-Purpose Room, Student Center

12:50- 1:45 PM
U.S. Military Policy from Vietnam to the Present
A roundtable discussion about the military’s global reach, with Nick Turse, Editor of TomDispatch.com and author of Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam.
Moderated by Professor Carolyn Eisenberg, Professor of History, Hofstra University, and
Hofstra Students.

  • Location: Plaza Rooms West and Middle, Student Center

1:55 – 02:50pm 
Consumption of Education: The Future of Universities in a Globalizing World
What is the role of universities within the new global economy? Is the traditional form of universities becoming obsolete as increasingly more emphasis is placed on online courses and training for jobs? A panel of three Hofstra professors and one Hofstra student will discuss this topic and also take questions from the audience.
Panelists:
Maya Cantrell, Major of Global Studies and Political Science, Vice President of Get Global
Neil H. Donahue, Professor of German and Comparative Literature; Senior Associate Dean, Honors College
Grant Saff, Professor and Chair, Department of Global Studies and Geography
Holly J. Seirup, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling and Mental Health Professions
Organizer and Session Chair: Kari B. Jensen, Associate Professor of Global Studies and Geography

  • Location: Multi-Purpose Room, Hofstra University Student Center

2:55pm – 4:20pm
Globalizing Peace in an Age of Endless Wars
U.S. Veteran and long-time peace activist Mac Bica, a member of Veterans for Peace, educates youth about the realities of war. In this session, he will explore the theme of personal responsibility in this age of computerized drone attacks and continuing military actions around the world, and addresses what we can do on an interpersonal level to educate ourselves, and others.

  • Location: Plaza Rooms West and Middle, Student Center

4:30pm – 5:55pm
The Dark Side of Chocolate: What Is Our Responsibility?
The cocoa that goes into our chocolate is mired by human trafficking, child labor and dismal working conditions. This session will present facts and thought-provoking questions that we should all try to answer, such as: What can be done to make sure we can enjoy chocolate and other cocoa products with a clear conscience?
Professors Maja Bovcon and Kari Jensen from the Department of Global Studies and Geography will introduce a screening of the documentary film “The Dark Side of Chocolate” and lead a discussion with the audience afterwards.

  • Location: Cultural Center Theater

4:30- 6:00 PM
Global Labor Migration and the Local Food Economy
Organic food from small local farms has become increasingly popular in recent years as more and more American consumers aim for both healthy eating and a sustainable environment. But Dr. Margaret Gray argues in an important new book that far more attention to the often-exploited immigrant farm laborers is needed to build a more ethical local food economy. She will speak about her findings from hundreds of interviews with farmers and with Mexican and Central American farmworkers in New York’s Hudson Valley. After her talk, Dr. Gray will be signing copies of her new book, Labor and the Locavore. Introduced by Gregory DeFreitas, Director  of Hofstra’s Labor Studies Program

  • Location: Plaza Room West, Middle, East

7:00-9:00pm
Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America
This live performance by veteran radio journalist, activist and performance artist Judith Sloan is a kaleidoscopic view of new immigrants and refugees living in Queens, New York — the most ethnically diverse locality in the United States. Sloan’s award-wining performance is a collaboration with author Warren Lehrer, and is based on the book, CD and travelling exhibition of the same title.

  • Location: The Speigel Theater
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