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G-20 People’s Summit Week

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G20 People’s Summit Week

The Impact of Over Thirty Years of Globalization and Neoliberalsim on the Northern Appalachian Region

September 21–25, 2009

Sponsored by: IUP Center for Northern Appalachian Studies
Sociology of the Mass Media Class, Fall Semester 2009

Overview of the Events

Monday, September 21
Pratt Auditorium

Film: Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal and the Fight for Coalfield Justice
7:00–9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 22
Pratt Auditorium

“Edward Abbey, Internationally Acclaimed Environmentalist Author from Appalachian Indiana and IUP: A Multi-Media Presentation Twenty Years after His Death”
by Jim Cahalan, Ph.D., IUP professor of English and author of Edward Abbey: A Life (University of Arizona Press, 2001)
7:00–9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 23

McVitty Auditorium in Sprowls Hall

Program: “What Happened to Pittsburgh in the 1980s?”
A presentation of the film People and Power the Struggle Continues: A History of Steelworkers from 1880–1980
A discussion will follow led by Jim Dougherty, Ph.D., director of the IUP Center for Northern Appalachian Studies and Assistant Professor of Sociology
7:00–9:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 24

G20 People’s Summit: The Impact of Over Thirty Years of Globalization/Neoliberalism on the Northern Appalachian Region
Day 1
8:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

Friday, September 25

G20 People’s Summit: The Impact of Over 30 Years of Globalization/Neoliberalism on the Northern Appalachian Region
Day 2
8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Agenda—The People’s G20 Summit: A Symposium On Globalization and its Impact on Northern Appalachia

September 24–25, 2009

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

HUB Monongahela Room

Thursday September 24

8:30–9:00 a.m.

Coffee, juice, bagels

9:00–9:10 a.m.

Opening Remarks: Dr. Jim Dougherty and Student Representative 

Program 1:
9:10–9:50 a.m.

Presentation: Globalization, A Historical Framework 

  • Dr. Irwin Marcus, Professor Emeritus IUP

9:50–10:00 a.m.


10:00 a.m.–Noon

Panel 1: The Current State of Northern Appalachia: A Panel Discussion on the Cases of Pittsburgh, Pa., Johnstown, Pa., Indiana, Pa., and Youngstown, Ohio

  • Mike Stout, former head grievance person USWA Homestead PA: Globalization and Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Jim Dougherty, IUP Center for Appalachian Studies: Globalization and Indiana County, Pa.
  • Gabe Ross: Globalization and Johnstown, Pa.
  • Dr. John Russo, professor, Youngstown State University: Globalization and Youngstown, Ohio

12:05–1:00 p.m.

Lunch: Dine around town and campus

Program 4:

1:00–2:00 p.m.

Presentation: The Current and Future Status of Our Regional Environment Under the Era of Globalization

  • A representative from Mountain Justice (Mountain Top Removal)
  • Stephanie Simmons, the Pennsylvania Sierra Club (Water)

2:00–2:15 p.m.


Program 5:

2:15–3:45 p.m.

Presentation: The State of Public Education and Public Libraries in Northern Appalachia

  • A representative from the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF)
  • Jerry Oleksiak Treasurer, Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA)
  • Kate Geiger, Head Librarian, Indiana Free Library

3:45–4:00 p.m.


Program 6:

4:00–5:00 p.m.

Presentation: Prison Industrial Complex in Northern Appalachia

  • Dr. Rosemary Gido, IUP and the Pennsylvania Prison Society
  • Rachael Goss, Pennsylvania Abolitionists United Against the Death Penalty

5:00–7:00 p.m.

Dinner/Supper: Dine around town

Program 7:

7:00–8:00 p.m.

Keynote Presentation TBA 

8:00–8:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks for Day 1

8:15–9:30 p.m.

Reception: at Breezedale, wine and cheese

Friday, September 25

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

HUB Delaware Room

8:30–9:00 a.m.

Coffee, juice, bagels

Program 8:

9:00–10:30 a.m.

Presentation: Globalization and Its Impact on Pennsylvania 

  • Dr. Lloyd Stires, retired professor, IUP
  • Dr. Stephen Herzenberg, executive director, Keystone Research Center, Harrisburg, Pa.

10:30–10:45 a.m.


Program 9:

10:45 a.m.–Noon

Presentation: Globalization and Health Care in Pennsylvania

  • Cindy Purvis, HealthCare 4 All Pennsylvania

Noon–1:00 p.m.

Lunch: Dine around town

Program 10:

1:00–2:00 p.m.

Presentation: Globalization and the coal Industry in Northern Appalachia

  • Nick Molnar, former president of District 2 of the United Mine Workers of America
  • Jim Dougherty, Ph.D.

2:00–2:15 p.m.


Program 11:

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Presentation: Globalization and Gender

  • Joanne Tosti-Vasey, president, Pennsylvania NOW, Inc.

3:15–3:30 p.m.


Program 12:

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Presentation: Globalization and Transportation 

  • Don Dunleavy, State Legislative Director and Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Legislative Board, United Transportation Union
  • Jim Watta, Program Director, IUP/Pennsylvania Labor Center

4:30–5:00 p.m.

Symposium Wrap-Up 


  • IUP Center for Northern Appalachian Studies
  • IUP Sociology of the Mass Media course

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