WBEZ | University of Chicago - Swift Hall http://www.wbez.org/content/university-chicago-swift-hall Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Food (In)Security: The 2012 Farm Bill http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-17/food-insecurity-2012-farm-bill <p><p><strong>Ken Cook</strong> has spent much of his professional life at the center of the debate over the nation's federal agriculture and food policy. His fingerprints can be found on every farm bill going back for more than three decades. He was a principal architect of the landmark conservation provisions of the 1985 farm bill, which for the first time attempted to shift U.S. farm policy from a narrow focus on maximum crop production to the conservation of land, water, wetlands, and wildlife.<br><br>Cook will discuss the enormous challenges in front of us as Congress begins its work to reauthorize the farm bill, which is required by law to happen every 5 years. From protecting land and water, to spending taxpayer dollars on programs that actually help the environment, improve the quality of our food, and enhance vital federal nutrition programs for those most in need, Cook will touch on these and many other issues as he lays out the battle before us to fundamentally change the way our government invests in food and agriculture.<br><br>This Program on the Global Environment Distinguished Lecture is also the first program in the Center for International Studies spring quarter series, "Food (In)Security: Access, Equity, Frameworks." The event is cosponsored by CIS and the Program on the Global Environment.</p></p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:34:11 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-17/food-insecurity-2012-farm-bill Turning Point: How the Invasion of Gaza Backfired for Israel http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-01-17/turning-point-how-invasion-gaza-backfired-israel <p><p>Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Chicago brings you "Turning Point: How the Invasion of Gaza Backfired for Israel," a panel discussion on how Israel's invasion of the coastal enclave has brought the end to the occupation even closer to becoming a reality. Part of American Muslims for Palestine's "Gaza Teaches Life" national tour, this event serves two purposes: to commemorate the lives lost and affected during the twenty-two day assault three years ago and to shed light on the growth of the movement for Palestinian sovereignty. The diverse panel features: <strong>Remi Kanazi</strong>, a world-renowned poet, who will discuss the rise of the boycott movement modeled after campaigns in Apartheid South Africa, particularly during the 1980s;<strong> Ali Abunimah</strong>, a distinguished journalist and political commentator, who will discuss the faltering of Israel's inherently prejudiced policies towards the Palestinians; and <strong>Annan Shehadi</strong>, a student and community organizer, who will discuss the role of art as resistance and the growth of activism on college campuses throughout the nation.</p></p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:47:57 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-01-17/turning-point-how-invasion-gaza-backfired-israel Neo-liberalism's Global Workforce: The End of a Dream? http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-11-01/neo-liberalisms-global-workforce-end-dream <p><p>The neo-liberal ideology of economic efficiency and shared prosperity masks the exploitation of labour on a global scale, backed by the political and military power of the sole super-power. The neo-liberal dream is dualistic: a cosmopolitan, mobile world for elites; a world of barriers, exploitation and security controls for the rest. How has this dream stood up to the shock of the economic crisis? Long-term economic, social and demographic factors make it likely that migrants will not be willing to leave destination countries, even in the event of job-loss and reduced income. Migrants have developed forms of collective resistance (through social movements) and individual and community resistance through livelihood strategies that undermine top-down &lsquo;migration management&rsquo;. The crisis may well give added impetus to the shift from a mono-polar form of globalization, to a multi-centred one, in which new economic powers will play a much greater role. <br /><br /><strong>Stephen Castles</strong> is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Sydney and Associate Director of the International Migration Institute (IMI), University of Oxford. He is a sociologist and political economist, and works on international migration dynamics, global governance, migration and development, and regional migration trends in Africa, Asia and Europe. His recent books include: The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World (2009); Migration, Citizenship and the European Welfare State: A European Dilemma (2006); and Migration and Development: Perspectives from the South (2008). <br /><br />This event is free and open to the public. For more information, <a href="http://www.uchicago.edu/index.shtml">see the University of Chicago website or</a> contact Sarah Patton Moberg at spmoberg@uchicago.edu/773-834-0957 or visit humanrights.uchicago.edu.&nbsp; Swift Hall is in the middle of the University's Main Quadrangle, which is bounded by University Ave, Ellis Ave, 57th Street and 59th Street. Street parking is available on the surrounding streets. This event takes place in the third floor lecture room. <br /><br />This event is the first in the 2010-2011 series of events entitled &ldquo;Migrant Rights in an Age of Globalization&rdquo;, which will culminate in a symposium at the School of Social Service Administration on April 12-13, 2011.&nbsp; This lecture is sponsored by the University of Chicago Human Rights Program, the Undergraduate Program in International Studies, the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT), and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture.</p></p> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 16:55:06 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-11-01/neo-liberalisms-global-workforce-end-dream