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Contested concept of globalization is topic
of URI Honors Colloquium

New York Times editorial board member Tina Rosenberg,
Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich among speakers

KINGSTON, R.I. -- Aug. 13, 2003 -- When University of Rhode Island Business Professor Chai Kim went to South Korea a few months ago, he found a society immersed in American consumerism, from Koreans who wear American jeans to those who purchase popular music and flock to American movies.

"Yet, I talked with many young Koreans gripped with anti-American sentiment. We need to know why such strong contradictions exist," said Kim, who along with URI Economics Professor Richard McIntyre and Languages Professor John Grandin, director of the URI International Engineering Program, organized "The Futures of Globalization," the 2003 URI Honors Colloquium. "While embracing our products, they recoil from the values that accompany them."

The colloquium, which begins Sept. 10 and ends Dec. 2 features weekly talks, as well as companion art exhibits and performances. All are free and open to the public and most lectures and panels will be held on the Kingston Campus, Barry Marks Auditorium, Room 271, Chafee Social Science Center.

The organizers agree that the point of the colloquium is to highlight what they termed the "contested concept of globalization."

They say there are profound winners and losers in the current global marketplace.

Proponents believe that a truly global economy has emerged, unleashed by modern technology and the seemingly limitless expansion of American-style capitalism. They argue that the system of nation-states is becoming less relevant as people, money, ideas and companies move swiftly across borders.

But while supporters see globalization as a spur to prosperity and democracy, critics say it breeds inequality and is culturally and politically destabilizing. In either case, the organizers state that globalization is now associated with worldwide protests against the symbols of American wealth.

"I don’t think anyone wants to go back to a bordered world," McIntyre said. "But with our economy in crisis, financial and political instability in other countries, there are great questions being raised. Could this all fall apart?"

The program kicks off on Sept. 10 with Pulitzer Prize-winner Tina Rosenberg, an editorial board member of The New York Times. Her talk at 8 p.m., is titled "Rethinking Globalization: Making it Work for the World’s Poor."

On Sept. 23, Robert Reich, former secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton, will speak on "The Global Economy and the Jobs of the Future."

On Oct. 14, a panel on "Globalization Comes Home: Providence and Globalization" will feature Marc Levitt, host and producer of Action Speaks, a radio show on WRNI, which is co-sponsoring the roundtable; Ronald Fernandez, professor of sociology and director of Caribbean studies at Central Connecticut State University and author of America’s Banquet of Cultures: Harnessing Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in the 21st Century; Robert Lee, professor of American studies at Brown University, and author of Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture; and David Cicilline, mayor of Providence. Joel Rawson, executive editor of The Providence Journal, will introduce the panel.

All of the lectures tap into current international and domestic issues related to globalization, including talks by CNN’s Peter Bergen on "Globalization and the Growth of Global Terrorism" on Sept. 16 and by Amy Chua, professor of international law at Yale University, on "Globalization and Ethnic Conflict" on Sept. 30. Bergen is the author of Holy War Inc. and producer and host of Al Qaeda 2.0. Chua is the author of World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability.

The colloquium, however, offers more than just lectures, with art exhibits, performance art and a musical performance are key parts of the schedule.

Please visit www.uri.edu/hc for the most current colloquium information and full schedule of events and directions, or contact the URI Honors Center at 401-874-2381 or debg@uri.edu.
The program’s major sponsors are: the URI Honors Program and President’s Office, The Providence Journal, Fidelity Investments, URI Foundation, URI College of Arts and Sciences and the URI College of Business Administration.

Other sponsors are the URI Office of Student Affairs, URI Alumni Association, URI Multicultural Center and URI College of Pharmacy.

The full schedule follows:
SEPT. 10 RETHINKING GLOBALIZATION: MAKING IT WORK FOR THE WORLD’S POOR
Tina Rosenberg, New York Times editorialist and independent journalist (Mexico City), author of Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America and The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Edwards Auditorium, 8 p.m.

SEPT. 10 – OCT. 26 LAS CANCIÓNES NEGRAS SIN COLOR ("BLACK SONGS WITHOUT COLOR")
Photography exhibit by Kerry Stuart Coppin, curated by Judith Tolnick.
Fine Arts Photography Gallery. Sponsored by Fidelity Investments.

SEPT.16 GLOBALIZATION AND THE GROWTH OF GLOBAL TERRORISM
Peter Bergen, CNN terrorism correspondent, author of Holy War Inc., and producer and host of Al Qaeda 2.0. Chafee 271, 7 p.m.

SEPT. 23 THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AND THE JOBS OF THE FUTURE
Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and author of The Future of Success, The Work of Nations, and many other books, founder of The American Prospect, University Professor and Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy, Brandeis University. Chafee 271, 7 p.m.

SEPT. 30 GLOBALIZATION AND ETHNIC CONFLICT
Amy Chua, professor of international law, Yale University, and author of
World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability. Chafee 271, 7 p.m.

OCT. 1– 31 GLOBALIZATION: PICTURING PROVIDENCE
Mixed media exhibit documenting the culture and life of recent immigrants, curated by Steven Pennell, artist-in-residence. URI Providence Campus. Gallery Night reception on October 16.

OCT. 7 MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND: GLOBALIZATION FROM BELOW
Barbara Garson, playwright and author of several plays and books including Money Makes the World Go Around: One Investor Tracks Her Cash Through the Global Economy, from Brooklyn to Bangkok and Back. Chafee 271, 7 p.m.

OCT. 14 GLOBALIZATION COMES HOME: PROVIDENCE AND GLOBALIZATION
Roundtable co-hosted by Marc Levitt, and co-sponsored by the radio program Action Speaks; with Ronald Fernandez, professor of sociology and director of Caribbean studies at Central Connecticut State University, and author of America’s Banquet of Cultures: Harnessing Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in the 21st Century; Robert Lee, professor of American studies at Brown University, and author of Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture; and David Cicilline, mayor of Providence. Introduced by Joel Rawson, senior vice president and executive editor of The Providence Journal. Paff Auditorium, URI Providence Campus, 7 p.m.

OCT. 21 IS GLOBALIZATION REVERSIBLE?
Stephen Kobrin, William M. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; fellow, World Economic Forum; past president, Academy of International Business. Chafee 271, 7 p.m. Sponsored by the URI College of Business Administration.

OCT. 28 GLOBALIZATION OF FUNDAMENTALISMS
Amitava Kumar, professor of English, Penn State University, author of many books including Passport Photos and Bombay, London, New York, and the forthcoming Husband of a Fanatic. Chafee 271, 7 p.m.

NOV. 3 INTERCULTURAL JOURNEYS IN MUSIC
A conversation and performance with David Kim, concertmaster, Philadelphia Orchestra, founder and director, Kingston Chamber Music Festival; Ohad Bar-David, cellist, Philadelphia Orchestra, and artistic director of Intercultural Journeys; and Simon Shaheen, violinist, composer, and producer of the Annual Arab Festival of Arts, Mahrajan Al-Fan (New York), and the annual Arabic Music Retreat (Mt. Holyoke). Edwards Auditorium, 7 p.m. Sponsored by the URI College of Arts & Sciences.

NOV. 6 GLOBALIZATION AND RESPONSIBILITY: A VIRTUAL RIOT
Tom Sgouros, writer, film producer, and performance artist. Tom will accompany a
computer whose personality bifurcates into an anti-globalization activist and a business owner. Through "synthetic interview" technology the activist and the owner will be available online after the performance for further discussion. Multicultural Center, Room 101, 2 p.m.

NOV. 12 GLOBALIZATION AND RIGHTS AT WORK
Susan Hayter, senior analyst, World Commission on the Social Dimension
of Globalization, International Labor Organization (Geneva); Scott Nova, executive director, Workers Rights Consortium. Chafee 271, 7 p.m.

NOV. 18 CONSTRUCTING THE COMMUNITY ECONOMY IN THE FACE OF GLOBALIZATION
Julie Graham, professor of geography, University of Massachusetts, co-author of The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It) and the forthcoming Reluctant Subjects: A Post-Capitalist Politics of Class and Community. Chafee 271, 7 p.m.

NOV. 25 CAREERS IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY
Rolf-Dieter F. Schnelle, Consul General of Germany in Boston; Eric Roiter, senior vice president and general counsel, Fidelity Investments, URI ’70;
Bob Kearney, vice president of finance and information technology, Texas Instruments; Colin McCullough, manager, Book Donation Program, Sabre Foundation. Chafee 271, 7 p.m. Sponsored by Fidelity Investments.

DEC. 2 GLOBALIZATION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Bernard Cassen, directeur général, Le Monde Diplomatique (Paris), founding member and honorary president, ATTAC (L’association pour la Taxe Tobin pour l’Aide aux Citoyens), co-founder of the World Social Forum, and professor emeritus, Institut of European Studies, University Paris VIII (Vincennes). Chafee 271, 7 p.m.


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