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Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship at Drake presents "Social Movements & Political Moments"

April 4, 2013

socialmovementsThe Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship presents “Social Movements & Political Moments: Occupy Wall Street’s Impact on Long-term Movements for Social Change” at Drake University. Jackie Smith, a professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh and editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research, will deliver the lecture, which is free and open to the public. The lecture will occur on Wednesday, April 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Sussman Theater in the lower level of Olmsted Center at Drake University, 2875 University Avenue.

Smith is co-organizer of the Internal Network of Scholar Activists (INoSA) and a member of the National Planning Committee for U.S. Social Forum. Her research examines connections between globalization and popular movements, including how social movements have worked to overcome resource inequities and internal differences to build national and transnational alliances. In her lecture, Smith will discuss how activists in the United States and World Social Forum process have sought to engage activists who have been newly politicized by the wave of global anti-austerity protests. She will also address how the distinctive logics behind these different movements shape the prospects for convergence.

This event is sponsored by the Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship at Drake. For more information visit: