Globalization of Women’s Labor Discussion – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Globalization of Women’s Labor Discussion

Globalization of women's labor, including of prostitution and of worker recruitment for foreign labor markets, is the topic of the Oct. 16 discussion “Countergeographies of Globalization: Trafficking in Women,” part of the Fisher Center lecture series.

October 2, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—The gendered economy of globalization in women’s labor and migration, such as in prostitution and in worker recruitment for foreign labor markets, is the topic of the next talk in the Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Fisher Center series “Laboring Under Globalization”.
“Saskia Sassen, the Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, will present “Countergeographies of Globalization: Trafficking in Women” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Colleges campus. The presentation is free and the public is invited. The following morning there will be a roundtable discussion at 8:45 a.m. in the Fisher Center (Demarest Hall Room 212).

Sassen is also the Centennial Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. Her most recent books are “Guests and Aliens” and the edited book “Global Networks/Linked Cities”. She is co-director of the economy section of the Global Chicago Project, a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Urban Data Sets, a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, and chair of the newly formed Information Technology, International Cooperation and Global Security Committee of the Social Science Research Council. She is currently completing her forthcoming book “Denationalization: Economy and Polity in a Global Digital Age”.

Sassen was recently listed by the Chronicle of Higher Education on the “Short List for The Next Big Thing” for her research in the areas of globalization and new information technologies (Sept. 20, 2002 issue). She also is one of the signers of the “Not in Our Name” campaign which HWS Refuse & Resist students have been supporting. Sassen is one of the national signers of the “Not in Our Name” statement of conscience which begins “Let it not be said that people in the United States did nothing when their government declared a war without limit and instituted stark new measures of repression…”

Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men lectures and seminars provide a forum for students, faculty and community members to explore gender issues. The Center, founded with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, whose son Alexander graduated from Hobart College in 1993, seeks to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary gender issues. More information on this series can be found at