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