RIT Conference Explores Globalization and Human Rights




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Poverty, human rights violations and other social consequences of globalization will be explored during a one-day conference on Thursday, April 19, at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Globalization and Human Rights will address world poverty and the rights of workers, women, indigenous peoples and peasant cultures, as well as collective actions to reform globalization. The event, free and open to the public, is the fourth annual conference sponsored by RIT’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Issues under discussion will include:

  • Globalization and Social Justice: Are they Compatible?, 10 a.m.–noon, the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, room 1125;

  • Human Rights vs. Cultural Rights: Female Genital Mutilation vs. Female Circumcision, 2–3:30 p.m., Clark B, Student Alumni Union;

  • Globalization, Poverty and Human Rights, 2–3:30 p.m., Clark C, Student Alumni Union;

  • North American Trade Agreements and Social Justice, 4–5:30 p.m., Clark B, Student Alumni Union;

  • The Limits of Cultural Relativism in an Age of Global Problems, 4–5:30 p.m., Clark C, Student Alumni Union; and

  • "Globalization: The Generalization and Particularization of Rights," by keynote speaker Philip McMichael, author of Development and Social Change, 8 p.m., Carlson building, room 1125.

    For more information, contact Murli Sinha, chair of sociology and anthropology, at 475-2896 or 475-6701.