Business-Labor Roundtable at RIT, Jan. 24

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"Globalization and Social Responsibility: Conflicting or Convergent Objectives?"

The Rochester Institute of Technology’s 2001–02 Caroline Werner Gannett Lecture Series will depart from its standard format on Thursday, Jan. 24, with a business-labor roundtable featuring representatives from Eastman Kodak Co. and Xerox Corp., and the AFL-CIO. The roundtable will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Webb Auditorium of the James E. Booth Building on the RIT campus.

Robert Manning, RIT’s Caroline Werner Gannett Professor and director of the lecture series, will moderate the session. The panel will consist of Robert Berman, director of human resources at Kodak, Jonathan Garlock, education committee chair at AFL-CIO, and Gilbert Hatch, president of Office Systems Group at Xerox., RIT alumnus and member of the RIT Board of Trustees.

"We’ve got representatives from leading corporations and organized labor to discuss how the challenges and opportunities of globalization have impacted the local Rochester community," says Manning.

The event—free and open to the public—will be handicapped accessible and sign-language interpreted, and will conclude with a reception. Call 475-2057 for more information or brochures, or log onto

About the lecture series: RIT’s College of Liberal Arts began the Gannett Lecture Series in the mid 1970s in two-year thematic blocks, which have included environmental, citizenship, Constitutional and millennial themes. The series coordinates with the university’s Senior Seminar, requiring all RIT seniors to attend. For Robert Manning’s tenure as series director, the lectures will focus on globalization, human rights and citizenship.