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2005.02.21 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies to Host Conference April 2

Omaha - The William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host a one-day conference, "Promoting the General Welfare," that will spotlight selected social and economic justice issues Saturday, April 2.

Frances Fox Piven, an internationally known scholar and social critic, will be the keynote presenter.  She is the distinguished professor of political science and sociology at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and is also an author of many works on U.S. social policy, such as "Poor People's Movements."

All conference events will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"We have a great set of speakers who will show just how much labor, academia, and those concerned with social justice have in common," said John Kretzschmar, director of the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies. "Dr. Piven's presentation should be especially good and timely."

Piven's most recent work is "The War at Home: The Domestic Costs of Bush's Militarism."  She has also championed the rights of people who are denied rights on the basis of race, ethnicity, poverty, class and gender.

In addition to Piven's presentation, workshop and plenary sessions will include the following:

• "How to Build Solidarity Across Differences"

Presenter: Everette Freeman; senior vice president and provost at the University of Indianapolis.

• Health Care in Other Industrialized Countries"

Presenter: Donald Frey, M.D., associate professor at Creighton University Medical School

• "Rebalancing the Tax System"

Presenter --  To be announced.

• "The Role of Advocacy and Action in Framing the Future"

Presenter -- Frank Joyce, former director of public relations for the United Automobile Workers, who is writing a book on labor in the 21st century. 

This is the sixth annual labor studies conference sponsored by the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies.

Registration for the event is $20 for students and $30 for the general public until March 25.  After March 25, registration will rise to $30 and $40 respectively. The fee includes lunch.

To register for the conference, call (402) 595-2344. For more information, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/~wbils/lbrconf.html.

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