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    December 23, 2004     
    Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations, (707) 664-2057


Globalization's Impact Explored in Lecture Series by Lifelong Learning, Jan. 12-March 2

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sonoma State University brings a group of dynamic and internationally-known speakers to the Rohnert Park campus beginning in January to explore the ramifications of globalization.

An eight-week lecture series called "Globalization: Causes and Consequences" will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:15 p.m. in the Cooperage from Jan. 12 through March 2.

Speakers include Global Watch co-founder Kevin Danaher, Mac Arthur Fellow Marc Danner, National Security expert and Chevron/Texaco Manager Maria Pica, and State of the World Forum co-founder Jim Garrison.

A panel from Sonoma County will discuss the impacts of globalization on the local economy and three distinguished SSU professors will provide analyses of its historical roots and modern influences on Africa, China and India.

The cost for the eight-week series is $80. For further information and registration, contact Barbara Brooks at (707) 664-2691 or plan to attend the first lecture on Jan. 12.

The eight-week schedule listing the topic and speaker includes:

Jan. 12 - "Understanding and Responding to the Dynamics of the Global Economy" - Kevin Danaher, Ph.D. is the co-founder of Global Exchange in San Francisco and a distinguished alum of Sonoma State University.

Jan. 19 - "The Impact of Globalization on Sonoma County"
- Panelists include Suzie Marslick who was employed by Agilent and now works for the City of Santa Rosa and the United Way; Diane Edwards, the Director of Social Services for Sonoma County; Marty Bennett, American History teacher at Santa Rosa Junior College and chair of the Board of the New Economy Working Solutions and Co-chair of the Living Wage Coalition of Sonoma County.

Jan. 26 - "Globalization, Human Rights and Democracy" - Maria Pica, Manager for Corporate Responsibility for the Chevron/Texaco Corporation, has worked in the area of foreign relations and human rights for the U.S. House and Senate, the State Department and the National Security Council.

Feb. 2 - "China: The Six-Hundred Pound Entrepreneur" - Randall Dodgen, is a professor of history at Sonoma State University who has lived for extended periods in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Beijing. He is the author of "Controlling the Dragon - Confucian Engineers and the Yellow River."

Feb. 9 - "India: Empire of the Spirit" - Rashmi Singh, grew up in India and received her master's degree in English Literature at Delhi University. She has taught for many years in the American Multicultural Studies at SSU.

Feb. 16 - "Globalizing by Force: Tales from Haiti, Iraq and other Battlegrounds" - Marc Danner is a professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. He writes extensively for The New Yorker, The New York
Times, and Harpers. He wrote "The Massacre at El Mozote: A Parable of the Cold War" about the slaughter of the inhabitants of a Salvadoran village. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1999.

Feb. 23 - "The Legacy of Colonialism and Globalization in Africa" - Mutombo M’Panya was born in Congo, Zaire, received his master's degree at Notre Dame and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. He is an assistant professor and a director of the Science and Humanities Integration Project in the Hutchins School at SSU.

March 2 - "From Globalization to Global Governance" - James Garrison, Harvard and Cambridge educated, co-founded the State of the World Forum with Mikhail Gorbachev. He is the author of six books including "America As Empire: Global Leader or Rogue Power."


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