‘Globalization and Rights at Work’ is topic of next URI Honors Colloquium Nov. 12

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KINGSTON, R.I. –November 3, 2003 — Sweatshops, wage issues, workers’ rights and collective bargaining in the global economy are among the topics three experts will address at the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

The panel discussion will be held in the Chafee Social Science Center, Room 271, at 7 p.m. Like all honors colloquium programs, the panel discussion is free and open to the public.

Titled “Globalization and Rights at Work,” the program features Susan Hayter, of Geneva, senior analyst at the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, International Labour Organization; Scott Nova, executive director of the Workers Rights Consortium in Washington, D.C.; and Eugene B. Mihaly an adjunct professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College who heads the Mihaly International Corp., an advisory and project development firm.

The World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, on which Hayter serves, was established by the International Labour Organization in February 2002. An independent body, it was established to respond to the needs of people as they cope with the unprecedented changes that globalization has brought to their lives, families and the societies in which they live. It searches for innovative ways of combining economic, social and environmental objectives based on worldwide expertise.

Nova heads the Worker Rights Consortium, a non-profit organization comprised of 110 colleges and universities. Its mission is to monitor the working conditions under which college-licensed products are manufactured around the world. The consortium is a collaboration of educational institutions, students and non-governmental organizations, all of whom share the goal of promoting greater respect for the rights of workers in the global economy. Nova also has a Rhode Island connection, having served as the first director of Ocean State Action, a coalition of progressive community organizations, labor unions, and professional organizations that do public education, lobbying, and electoral work together.

Since 1973, Mihaly has headed the company that bears his name. In 1997, he led a group of Tuck School MBA students from Dartmouth on a fact-finding tour of Nike sub-contractors in Indonesia. The subsequent report of the group is a key document in the global sweatshop debate. He also serves as chairman of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, has served as a policy planner in the United States Agency for International Development and in a series of senior positions in the Peace Corps administration.

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.