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2010.03.29 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies to Host Conference April 10

Omaha - Expanding the boundaries of democracy is the theme of a one-day conference planned for Saturday, April 10, by the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).  The 11th annual conference, titled "Promoting the General Welfare," will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center.

The conference will feature morning and afternoon plenary sessions and three workshops.  Each workshop lasts 75 minutes and will be repeated three times throughout the conference.

The sessions and presenters:

Morning Plenary
- "An injury to one is an injury to all"
Elaine Bernard, executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School

Workshops
- "Examining ‘the other' and its historical role in denying human rights in the United States"
Steven Pitts, Center for Labor Education and Research, University of California at Berkeley

- "Exploring the promise of green jobs and a sustainable environment"
Kate Gulley, regional program manager, Blue Green Alliance

- "Teaching labor studies in our schools"
John Kretzschmar, director, William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies, UNO

Closing Plenary
- "Putting it all together - finding ways to make a difference"
Kent Wong, director, Center for Labor Research and Education, University of California at Los Angeles

Registration is limited to the first 100 participants.  Early registration is under way through Friday, April 2, and costs $20 for students and $30 for general admission.  After April 2, registration increases to $30 for students and $40 for general admission.

To register, call 402.595.2344.  For more information, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/wbils/conferences.php.  Social work continuing education units (CEUs) are available for participants who request them in advance.

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