WRITER: JOEL HOLST
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Mexican labor, politics of Neo-Liberalism set as topic of May 13
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michael Snodgrass, a visiting instructor in the University
of Iowa department of history, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations
Council (ICFRC) Wednesday, May 13 about the challenges faced by Mexico's
urban industrial workers since the early 1980s when the government began
privatizing state-owned industries and eliminating trade barriers.
His presentation, "Mexican Labor and the Politics of Neo-Liberalism,"
will begin at noon in the Fellowship Hall of Congregational Church, 30
North Clinton St. The program is free and open to the public.
The focus of his discussion will be the role played by organized labor
and the limits that workers face when attempting to create independent
unions in collaboration with North American trade unionists. At the UI,
Snodgrass has taught a number of courses relating to the Mexican labor
situation and Mexican history.
For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Thursday,
May 14, following the noon news. For more information, contact the council
at (319) 335-0335.
The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association
of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S.
foreign policy, world affairs, and current global issues impacting world
societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more
than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar
Meetings are scheduled from September to June to take advantage of these
speakers and are held at noon or in the evening to allow wide participation
from the business community, other professionals, the community at large,
and students, faculty and staff from the university. Meetings are scheduled
at catered luncheons, as dinners or evening desserts or as "Sack Lunch
ICFRC is a part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number
of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects
and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International
Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and
community and promote global scholarship, research, and teaching.