a public event
Globalization and Human Trafficking: A Symposium
The UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures in co-sponsorship with UCLA in LA, the UCLA Center for European & Eurasian Studies, the UCLA International Institute and The UCLA School of Arts and Architecture have designed this symposium as an interdisciplinary forum focusing on human trafficking through keynote talks, round table discussions and art/activist project demonstrations.
Friday, February 10, 2006
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
200 Glorya Kaufman Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Human trafficking, a modern-day form of slavery, is the recruitment and transportation of persons within or across boundaries by force, fraud, or deception for the purpose of exploiting them economically. Trafficked people most commonly work in sweatshops, restaurants, on farms, in manufacturing, prostitution and as private domestic workers. Human trafficking has been subject to increasing international attention in recent years. Global and regional responses have entered the agendas of high politics, eliciting legislation and other forms of action from the United States Congress, the European Union and the United Nations. These responses have generally focused on the origins and prevention of trafficking and less on what happens to women, men and children who are trafficked, escape, are rescued and survive the trafficked situation.
This event will provide a platform for mutual education and individual and collective action. This symposium brings together activists, artists, scholars and public figures to learn about one another’s work and build an diverse network seeking to develop creative solutions to this urgent problem.
Recently UCLA World Arts and Cultures Professor Peter Sellars’
course on slavery attracted more than 300 students. Colleague, Victoria
Marks, with support from UCLA in LA, is presently collaborating with
the Los Angeles-based Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking
(CAST) and UCLA students on arts projects for social activism. This
symposium will underscore the possibilities of art making and social
activism with critical input from experts on human trafficking, international
migration and forced labor, the globalization of developing economies,
the HIV pandemic, economic and social justice, and legislative, policy,
and medical responses to the crisis.
9:20 Opening – UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures student presentation of documentary/interview project working with victims of trafficking
David Gere, Acting Chair, and Victoria Marks, Associate Professor- UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures to welcome the audience and introduce Peter Sellars
9:30 Keynote Address
Peter Sellars, Professor, World Arts and Cultures: Modern-day Slavery with an overview of Sellar’s Mozart Opera project and its relationship to social activism and human trafficking
10:15 Human Trafficking Overview
11:00- Open Discussion and Questions
12:00 LUNCH- Round Table Discussion
Opening-UCLA Dept. World Arts and Cultures students briefly present their Cooking Project with CAST (Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking) clients
Round Table Topics and Leaders include:
1. Government Voices-LA City Commission of Human Trafficking, Representatives from Tony Cardena’s Office
2. Theater, Dance and Trafficking- Erik Ehn (Cal Arts) and Victoria Marks (World Arts and Cultures, UCLA)
3. Voices of the NGOs- CAST- Coaltion Against Slavery and Trafficking, Amnesty International and Polaris
4. Trafficking in the European Context - Gail Kligman (Department of Sociology, UCLA)
5. Global Smuggling-Latin American Context- David Kyle- (Department of Sociology-UC Davies)
6. Social Change and Economic Justice
7. Trafficking and Trauma- The psychological experience of being trafficked
Dr. Kenneth Chuang - UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
8. Community Arts and Social Change- Elia Arce-Community Artist
9. Trafficking and HIV - Duong Le Bach, Institute for Social Development, Hanoi, Vietnam
10. Jigar Mehta: Filmmaker, UC Berkeley, Film on Slavery in Mauritania.
1:30 Speaker: Duong Le Bach - Director of the Institute for Social Development Studies, Hanoi, Vietnam.
2:15 Le Bach joined by our round-table leaders to talk about their work and what conversations transpired during the round table discussions.
3:30- Building and Developing a Network. Who is working with whom? Next steps? How to move forward
4:00- Close with WAC Student Dance Project
Cost: Free and open to the public.