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World Issues and Gender Collide

Geneva, NY — “Globalization: Who Counts? A Symposium on Globalization, Gender, and Human Determination” will be held at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Saturday, May 8. Roundtable discussions will address key questions related to globalization and its effects on the lives of men and women in both third world and developed nations, as well as on the environment. The discussions will bring together issues ranging from feminist economic thought to current international monetary policies.

The event will be attended by noted feminist economic theorists, sociologists who study the family and gender roles, anthropologists, human rights activists, mass media experts, and more. They will be joined by HWS faculty members drawn from the fields of environmental economics, economic theory, anthropology, media studies, philosophy, as well as students majoring in related subjects. The public and area high school social studies teachers are particularly encouraged to attend. The symposium is part of a series of events sponsored by The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men, formed last year at HWS, which has embarked on a variety of trendsetting discussions of key issues in men’s and women’s lives.

The day long event, which will be divided into four 1½ hour roundtable sessions, will begin at 9 a.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library and conclude at 5 p.m. Organizers seek to raise questions about how globalization is addressed, and to stimulate avenues in which world policies can be changed or directed.

The sessions are: IMF, Development, American Labor Market and Gender, (9 until 10:30 a.m.); Environmental Sustainability, Intellectual Property Rights, and Civil Liberties, (10:45 a.m until 12:15 p.m.); Mass Communication and Globalization, (1:30 until 3 p.m.); and Where Do We Go From Here?, (3:15 until 5 p.m.).

Co-organizers and HWS professors Linda Robertson and Judith-Maria Buechler are available to answer questions. Robertson, associate professor of rhetoric, can be reached at HWS at 315: 781-3805, at home at 607: 387-7840, and by e-mail at robertson@hws.edu Buechler, professor of anthropology and sociology, can be reached at work at 315: 781-3443, at home at 315:789-3813, and by e-mail at buechler@hws.edu. Attached is a listing of invited guests.

Drucilla Barker is an associate professor of economics at Hollins University and a founding member of the International Association for Feminist Economics.

Lourdes Beneria is a professor of city and regional planning and the director of the Program on International Development and Women at Cornell University.

Simone Buechler is a graduate student in urban planning at Columbia University who has worked at UNIFEM and Women’s World Banking.

Steve Derne is an assistant professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Geneseo. He is the author of numerous works including Culture in Action: Family Life, Emotion and Male Dominance in Banaras, India (1995).

Tom Greaves is a professor of anthropology at Bucknell University and chair of the Committee for Human Rights of the American Anthropological Association.

Gina Marchetti is a member of the cinema and photography department at Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.

Njoki Njoroge Njehu is a recent William Smith graduate, and a current advocate with the organization “Fifty Years is Enough,” which seeks to reform the policies governing the International Monetary Fund.

Mark Edward Rupert is an associate professor in the political science department at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is the author of several works including Producing Hegemony: The Politics of Mass Production and American Global Power (1995).

Patty Zimmerman is the chair of the cinema and photography department at Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. She has just completed a book-length study of the globalization of the mass media.

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