8:30-9:00 Coffee, refreshments
9:00-9:15 Opening/Introductory Comments: George Chauncey, Interim Director of the Center for Gender Studies, Professor of History and Waldo Johnson, Director of the Center for the Study of Race Politics and
Culture, Associate Professor at the School of Social Service
9:15-10:45 Session 1:  Race, Gender & Wal-Mart’s Globalization of Production & Consumption
Chair & Discussant: Mae Ngai, University of Chicago
Nelson Lichtenstein, UC-Santa Barbara
Susan Strasser, University of Delaware
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Session 2: Race, Gender & Employment Under the Wal-Mart Model
Chair & Discussant: Virginia Parks, University of Chicago
Annette Bernhardt, Brennan Center for Justice, NYU Law School
Kent Wong, UCLA
Steven Pitts, UC Berkeley
12:30-1:30 Lunch and Book Signing Wal-Mart: The Face of Twenty-First-Century Capitalism
1:30-3:00 Session 3: Global, National & Local Responses to Wal-Mart
Chair & Discussant: Cathy Cohen, University of Chicago
Kate Bronfenbrenner, Cornell University
Mary Anne Case, University of Chicago Law School
Glen Ford,
Tracy Gray-Barkan, LAANE (Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy)
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-5:15 Session 4: The Chicago Debate & The Way Forward
Moderator: Dorian Warren, University of Chicago
Panel A: The Chicago Debate
Howard Brookins, Chicago Alderman, 21st Ward
Margaret Garner, CEO, Broadway Consolidated
Elce Redmond, South Austin Community Coalition
Rev. Reginald Williams, Trinity UCC
Panel B: The Way Forward
James Thindwa, Chicago Jobs With Justice
Rev. Robin Hood, Grassroots Collaborative & ACORN
Jorge Ramirez, United Food and Commercial Workers
Freddrenna Lyle, Chicago Alderwoman, 6th Ward
5:15-5:30 Closing/Concluding Comments (Waldo Johnson/George Chauncey)
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Sponsored by: The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture and The Center for Gender Studies.

Co-sponsors: The School of Social Service Administration, The Center for International Studies Norman Wait Harris Fund and the World Beyond the Headlines Series, International House Global Voices Program, The Social History Workshop, Chicago Center for Working Class Studies.