RIT Holds Conference on Capitalism, April 17




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Scholars and community members to discuss global issues

Capitalism will be examined from the inside out during the daylong conference, the Cultures of Capitalism: Crisis of Confidence and New Directions, at Rochester Institute of Technology on Thursday, April 17.

Sponsored by RITís Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the free and public conference will explore the nature of capitalism. Panels of scholars, students, community activists and representatives from the Farmworker Legal Services, the United Way of Greater Rochester, Metro Justice, and Rochester Labor Council will consider the roles and responsibilities of consumers, community activists and regulatory agencies in molding a culture of capitalism.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. in RITís Carlson auditorium with the talk, Global Corporate Culture: Can the Promises be Realized?, by Leslie Sklair, professor of sociology at the London School of Economics and author of Globalization: Capitalism and Its Alternatives.

Panel discussions throughout the day will include:

  • Voices from the Periphery (This panel will explore the effects of global capitalism in regions often considered "peripheral," such as Argentina, Mexico and migrant work camps.)
  • The Impact of Corporate Fraud on Women and Children
  • Whistle Blowing, Watchdogs and Regulatory Agencies: Can Anything Work?
  • Getting More Stuff: Consumption and the Culture of Capitalism

    The conference will wrap up with the talk, Sustainable Development: Is it Possible in the Culture of Capitalism?, by Michael Horowitz, director of the Institute for Development and Anthropology at State University of New York at Binghamton.

    For more information, contact Murli Sinha at 475-2896 or 475-6701.