Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Humanities Center Lecture Series To Feature
Stanford Professor James Ferguson, an Expert on African Studies
What: Continuing with the 2009-10 theme of "Global Connections, Global Responsibilities," the Carnegie Mellon University Humanities Center Lecture Series will host James Ferguson for a talk titled "Declarations of Dependence: Labor, Personhood and Welfare in South Africa and Beyond." The lecture series is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Humanities Center, the Center for the Advancement of Applied Ethics and Political Philosophy, and the Global Studies Program, and focuses on the diversity between affluent and economically challenged countries and their influence on one another.
Ferguson, professor and chair of Stanford University's Anthropology Department, will examine how South Africa has gone through a difficult transformation from a labor-scarce society to one with a labor surplus. He also will argue that South Africa's mass unemployment and resulting societal changes require new ways of thinking about work, dependency and social assistance. And, since evidence suggests that the South African labor experience is occurring in many other parts of the world, Ferguson will discuss how understanding the processes that contribute to the problem will help with the solution.
When: 4:30-6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5.
Where: Carnegie Mellon University, Porter Hall 100.
Why: The Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon supports and encourages study, research and interest in the humanities, the disciplines that study human culture and its products. The center sponsors lectures, colloquia, panel discussions and other events designed to promote understanding and knowledge of the humanities in the campus community and is one part of the Humanities Initiative, an ambitious plan by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences to develop and expand the humanities at Carnegie Mellon. For more information on the Humanities Center and the lecture series, visit www.hss.cmu.edu/humanitiescenter/.